Treatment Programs at A Glance

The Counseling Center offers several specialized treatment programs to assist JMU students with a variety of goals, including: reducing anxiety symptoms, improving mood, increasing coping strategies, regulating emotions, managing distress, fostering healthy relationships, and improving self-care. These 3-week programs include numerous evidence-based strategies and interventions. They are one of the quickest ways to reduce symptoms and access clinical services.

Specialized Treatment Programs

The Counseling Center treatment programs meet for 50 minutes weekly, for a total of 3 sessions. They are structured workshops, similar to a classroom lecture, for between 4-8 participants. This is not a group counseling experience. You do not have to disclose personal information and process. This experience is similar to taking a course on decreasing anxiety and improving functioning. For many students who participate, they experience enough of a symptom reduction, they do not need additional clinical services. However, participants can discuss additional services with their facilitator. These programs are highly recommended as a quick and efficient way to reduce symptoms and feel better fast. Much of the program content is also available in online self-guided modules in TAO or in our self-help resources.

Anxiety Toolbox: 

Provides participants their own individualized plan for managing anxiety. Anxiety Toolbox includes modules dedicated to: (1) understanding anxiety, (2) introducing a method for slowing down and disentangling the experience of anxiety, and (3) developing alternative responses to anxiety. 


Building Relationship Intimacy and Dialogue Effectiveness (BRIDGE) focuses on identifying ways to foster healthy relationships via self-monitoring, effective communication, and conflict resolution skills. The 3 sessions include modules dedicated to help you: (1) better understand your values and boundaries in relationships, (2) learn the role of culture in communication, different styles of communication, and strategies for effective communication, and (3) identify common causes of conflict and effective conflict management techniques.

Getting Unstuck:

Provides participants their own individualized plan for improving their mood. Getting Unstuck includes modules dedicated to: (1) understanding depression, (2) exploring how thoughts and behaviors impact depression, and (3) addressing how you can begin to make changes to thoughts and behaviors in order to better manage depression.


Recognition, Insight, and Openness (RIO) focuses on building skills and creating flexibility in how you respond to distress. The 3 sessions include modules dedicated to: (1) helping gain a deeper understanding of concerns, (2) creating flexibility in how you view and approach these issues, and (3) helping you take steps toward living with a wide range of emotions. By the end of the workshop, you will have a better sense of your personal values and how you want to focus your energy.

Seeking Serenity:

Provides participants strategies for better managing overwhelming emotions. Informed by Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Seeking Serenity is designed for students who experience overwhelming emotions that feel difficult to manage. The program provides modules dedicated to: (1) distress tolerance, (2) emotion regulation, and (3) mindfulness.


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