Group Counseling


TCS offers a variety of groups for undergraduate, graduate and professional school students each semester.  Group therapy can be a powerful, highly effective way to learn new skills and address personal concerns while receiving support and feedback from peers.  Through group therapy, students have the opportunity to gain personal insight, practice change, and connect with others.  Groups are led by knowledgeable therapists who facilitate the growth of each individual member in addition to the group as a whole.

Types of Groups and How to Join

Groups can be structured, unstructured, or semi-structured in their design.  Structured groups are planned ahead of time by the facilitator(s).  Unstructured groups indicate that the students decide the topics of discussion and take a greater level of responsibility in choosing the direction of each session.  Semi-structured groups offer a combination of these two designs.

Skills-based psychoeducational groups primarily involve learning and practicing various skill sets to develop psychological wellbeing. 

Interpersonal process groups often focus on sharing and connecting with peers, while learning about the self and others.  TCS provides these types of groups in two formats of group therapy: drop-in and sign-up. 

Drop-in groups do not require registration and are available throughout the year.  To join, students must go through Walk-In Clinic and obtain a referral.  Students are encouraged to show up to our drop-in groups when they need some support, or want to learn and practice a skill to improve their mental health.  Students do not need to be enrolled in individual services at TCS in order to attend drop-in groups; however, students may be referred to these drop-in groups by their individual therapists.  Drop-in groups may also be helpful for students awaiting their first therapy session (intake) or in between sessions. (please click box on right to learn more about all our drop-in groups, including yoga drop-in)

Sign-up groups require registration and members are asked to commit to attending for the full length of the group.  As each group session builds upon the work of prior sessions, it is important that students are able to participate in the entire series to receive the most benefit.  Additionally, the commitment to remain in the group is an important part of building trust, cohesion, and a sense of safety, which in turn allows people to talk personally and honestly.  The duration of each sign-up group varies and is indicated in the group description. 

  •  To join a sign-up group, students must go through Walk-In Clinic and attend a group screening appointment, in which the group therapist and student determine if the group is an appropriate fit for the student’s needs.  Students do not need to be enrolled in individual services to join a sign-up group; however, some sign-up groups require that members also participate in individual therapy.

Available Drop-In Groups for Summer 2018


This structured psychoeducational 50-minute group helps you learn and practice an assortment of helpful skills, with ideas presented from a range of therapeutic interventions.  Topics for the group are based on the unique experience of college students and relevant to the stressors they manage on a daily basis.  Each week throughout the summer, a different concept is provided for a total of 8 lessons.  Students may choose to participate during this group as much or as little as they want.  “Stressless” is TCS’s original drop-in skills-based group; it was developed with the goal of providing Temple students an opportunity to learn useful strategies and gain support in a user-friendly format.

When: Mondays at 11am


This structured psychoeducational 50-minute group provides students with education and practice in mindfulness, which increases personal awareness and self-compassion while training attention.  Students may choose to participate during these sessions as much or as little as they want.  Each week, a different set of strategies from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is explored for a total of 8 lessons.  Each lesson is designed to stand alone; however, it is most beneficial to attend the full series.  The series is offered twice each semester, allowing students to attend sessions as their schedules permit. 

When: Thursdays at 3pm

Be Effective

This structured psychoeducational 50-minute group offers specific strategies to cope with intense feelings, manage emotions, and improve relationships.  Students may choose to participate during these groups as much or as little as they want.  Each week, a different set of strategies from Dialectical Behavior Therapy is discussed for a total of 8 lessons.  Each lesson is designed to stand alone; however, it is most beneficial to attend the full series.  

When: Tuesdays at 1pm

Live Well

This structured psychoeducational 50-minute group helps students learn how to move toward their values in life while lessening their suffering from difficult thoughts and feelings.  Students may choose to participate during these groups as much or as little as they want.  Each week, a different set of strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is reviewed for a total of 8 lessons.  Each lesson is designed to stand alone; however, it is most beneficial to attend the full series.  

When: Mondays at 10am

Yoga and Meditation Drop-In Groups

These ongoing weekly classes focus on connecting the mind and body to improve overall mental, emotional and physical well-being.  These classes are appropriate for all levels.  


Yoga Classes

From Racing To Calm (60 min)

This class is appropriate for those with racing thoughts, excess energy, and difficulty in slowing down.  This class will meet students where they are with a vinyasa yoga asana (pose) practice to start. Students will then be lead into a gradual decrease of effort, easing students into a calm state of body and mind through the use of gentle yoga asana (poses), breath work, meditation and relaxation practices.  Vinyasa is a medium to faster pace class. The breath is used to link poses together creating a more fluid and dance like movement practice.

When: Mondays at 2pm (July 11th - July 30th **No group on July 23rd)

Wind Down (40 min) 

This class combines gentle yoga asana (poses), yin yoga, and Yoga Nidra to soothe the nervous system.  Yoga Nidra is a type of guided meditation also known as Yogic Sleep. Yin classes are slower paced with a focus on relaxation in the body and the quieting of the mind. Poses are mainly done on the floor reclined, seated, or on hands and knees with a longer hold (1-3 min) and a slower deeper breath to help facilitate the down regulation of the nervous system. This class can help students to decrease stress levels, unwind, and have a good night’s rest.


When: Wednesdays at 3:30pm (June 7th - August 10th  **No group July 4th)


Mindful Movement (50 min)


In this practice you will be guided through a series of gentle stretches to practice mindfulness. The emphasis is on cultivating awareness rather than moving the body in any ideal way. You will be encouraged to remain present and aware of body sensations, thoughts and feelings that arise with an open and nonjudgmental attitude.

When: Tuesdays at 3:30pm (June 4th - August 10th  **No group June 26th)

Stress Less Yoga (50 min)

This gentle meditative flow will help students unwind after a stressful day. Students can clear their minds and let the tension melt away with this 50 minute yin based practice.

When: Thursdays at 11am (June 14th - August 10th)


Group Therapy


Love Yourself (60 min)

This group will help students develop understanding as well as skills to be kinder with themselves during times of suffering.

When: Thursdays at 1:30pm

June 14: Self-Compassion

June 21: Be kind to yourself

July 5: You are not alone

July 12: Be mindful

July 19: I am worthy

July 26: Compassion for others

August 2: Emotional resilience

August 9: Personal Growth 


Meditation Classes

Breathe (30 min)

Students will learn a variety of meditation techniques and types to find the right one for their personality and needs. This series will focus on guided meditations aimed to help students develop a personal practice.

When: Tuesdays at 9:30am (June 4th - August 10th  **No group June 26th)

Love Meditation (30 min)

This meditation practice helps you generate positive feelings of love, kindness, and acceptance for yourself and others.

When: Wednesdays at 9:30am (June 4th - August 10th  **No group July 4th or July 25th)

Reiki Share (30 min)

Participants will receive Reiki for decreased stress and improved quality of life in a quiet, community setting.

When: Mondays at 10am (June 11th - July 30th  **No group July 23rd)


Guidelines for Your First Drop-In Yoga/Meditation Class


Arrival:  Please arrive 10 minutes early for your first class to sign the release form and speak with the teacher about your specific needs so the appropriate modifications can be offered.  For students with any physical concerns/injuries or students that are pregnant, this is required.


Clothing: Loosely fitted clothing that allows for movement.  Shirts are required. Shoes and socks are not to be worn unless medically necessary.  Layered clothing is suggested as students often feel cold towards the end of class.


Bring: Yoga mats are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Students can also bring their own mat or towel to practice on. A water bottle is also suggested.  If you prefer to practice with props, please bring your own.


Food:  Unless otherwise advised, try not to eat a large meal in the hour before class.  


Phones:  Please silence or turn off your phone prior to class.


Ability Level:  All classes taught at TCS are for a variety of ability levels.  Modifications are offered for many of the poses so the students can choose what works best for their body in that moment.  If a student would like a modification and one is not offered, or the offered modification is not appropriate for them, they are encouraged to ask about alternatives.


Sign-up Groups for Summer 2018

Mindfulness Based Strengths Practice 

This is an 8-session group that brings the practice of mindfulness and the practice of character strengths together. It includes discussions, meditation, strength practices, and weekly exercises. This 8 week group is about engaging more deeply with life. The crux is self-awareness and self- discovery. The course teaches the bases of mindfulness and of character strengths, and offers more advanced, practical ways to integrate the two. It presents a unique angle to living one’s best life, re-discovering happiness, achieving goals, finding deeper meaning in life engagement, and coping with problems. Jon Kabat-Zinn (1990) explains that the purpose of mindfulness is not to point out what is wrong, but to help people find what is right. MBSP opens the door for participants to re-discover and uncover what is right within them.

When: Thursdays 3:00-4:30pm

Facilitator(s): Brandon LeBarge, LPC, NCC & Kanjana Hartshorne, MSW, LCSW

Understanding Self and Others (USO)


This group offers a powerful way to learn about ourselves and how we relate to others. Members will work through a variety of issues that lead to psychological distress, while gaining support and feedback from others.

When: Wednesdays 3-4:30pm; starting May 30, 2018