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.

Together While Apart

The focus of this support group is for students to connect with one another, sharing experiences, and to work together to identify ways to cope during a time that can feel isolating and uncertain. Interested students should email the counseling office at counseling@middlebury.edu if interested in joining. For more information about other counseling groups please visit the Counseling’s website.

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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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