Joining a group offers the opportunity to build connections, feel a sense of belonging, develop coping skills, and improve self-awareness. Some groups and programs are open (anyone can join), drop-in (anyone can attend any number of sessions at any time), or closed (registration and/or an interview is required to attend). See below for current groups and programs including who to contact for more information. 

 

Overview

Group therapy is an effective and powerful form of psychotherapy. In a group therapy session, you have the chance to hear from other members of the group and share your own experiences. These types of interactions help us to feel less alone, as we begin to recognize that others may also be struggling in similar ways. We may find it validating to hear that other Middlebury College students are also working on figuring out how to navigate college life, understanding aspects of their identity, and more.

Benefits

While the structure of our groups differs depending on the topic, the benefits of group therapy remain strong across the types. Group therapies can be more process- or skills-based. They can run for a limited workshop series length or for the entire semester. The overarching benefit to groups, regardless of the structure, is the opportunity to spend time with others. This, in itself, is a form of self-care.

Breathwork and Meditation Group

Join us anytime for virtual drop-in practices and time to be in community together.
Tuesdays and Fridays: 1 - 1:30 pm (EST)
Attend one, some, or all of the practices.

Email Michelle Kaczynski at mkaczynski@middlebury.edu for the zoom link.

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RIO Workshops

RIO stands for Recognition, Insight and Openness. Each week the workshops focus on a different set of skills designed to help you handle uncomfortable feelings. Workshop participants will practice these skills together and reflect on them through a combination of discussion and journal writing. RIO workshops last for three sessions and students gain the most benefit when they participate in all three sessions, but you are welcome to come to as many or as few as you like. 

RIO workshops are designed to help you: 

  • Learn mindfulness skills to identify why you’re feeling the emotions you are and accept them.
  • Manage stress, anxiety, and other emotions productively.
  • Identify what’s most important to you and prioritize accordingly.

Every Thursday through December 16th from 5:30-5:30 in Ross 004 (Health and Wellness Education suite). Visit go/RIO to register or contact Maddie Hope at mhope@middlebury.edu for more information. 

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BIPOC Student Mental Health & Well-being Retreat

The fall retreat has filled up, but there’s good news: we’ll be offering another retreat in March. Visit go/BIPOCwellretreat to add your name to the list of interested participants.

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Wise Mind: A Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Informed Group

A skills-based group covering the four modules of DBT:

Core Mindfulness - Distress Tolerance - Emotion Regulation - Interpersonal Effectiveness

Join for one, some, or all of the modules. To learn more, contact Michelle Kaczynski at
mkaczynski@middlebury.edu. This group will have limited spots available. 

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