Many people are hesitant at first about joining a group but quickly find that sharing their concerns with others, hearing about other people's similar experiences, and giving and receiving emotional support can be very helpful. Groups provide a variety of perspectives and allow members to try new behaviors in a safe environment. Past group members shared the following about their experience:
“Group is a good place to explore your thoughts and worries with people who can listen to you, laugh with you, and help you work through your problems.”
“Group has helped me realize that I’m not the only one who is going through my situation.”
“Group therapy has helped me to grow a lot. It has helped me to see aspects of my life from different perspectives, and to see things in a new way.”
What is group therapy?
Group therapy is a type of counseling that can be very effective in helping people solve problems and feel better about themselves and their lives. Group therapy typically consists of four to ten students and two counselors who meet for about ninety minutes once a week. All participants agree to keeping confidentiality about who is in the group and what is disclosed. Groups may be the sole treatment or complement individual therapy. Groups can also be a good way to continue to benefit from services after finishing individual therapy. All potential members of a group meet with a group leader in advance for a screening interview. The process helps to find a good fit between a student and a particular group. Learn more about group therapy "What Happens in a Therapy Group".
Why do people join groups?
Groups are effective for achieving an array of personal goals. The following is a list of items that may reflect your concerns:
|- Expressing thoughts and feelings||- Coping with stress|
|- Learning to communicate better||- Supporting others|
|- Increasing support system||- Facing fears|
|- Working on social skills||- Controlling temper|
|- Decreasing social anxiety||- Increasing motivation|
|- Improving personal relationships||- Improving mood|
|- Learning to manage emotions||- Learning to stop procrastination|
|- Getting better at making decisions||- Improving academic performance|
|- Becoming more independent||- Reducing anxiety and worry|
|- Becoming more confident||- Talking about family problems|
|- Learning more about oneself||- Learning to make and keep friends|
If any of these items reflect your reasons for seeking therapy, then group therapy may be the best option for you!
Spring 2018 Group Therapy Services
Groups are free and open to all university enrolled students.
A screening is typically required for participation. Call for more information about participating in one of our groups.
Understanding Self and Others (USO)
This therapy group is for students who wish to increase self-understanding, self-esteem, and intimacy in relationships, as well as address their interpersonal style and relationship-building skills. This is an opportunity to receive support and feedback from other students in a safe environment while developing your ability to understand and express yourself.
Graduate Group - Mondays
First-Year Group - Mondays
Undergraduate Group - Thursdays
T-Time - Mondays
This therapy group is for transgender, gender variant, two-spirit, gender non-conforming, intersex, and gender questioning students seeking a safe and affirming space to build community, share, and learn while discovering resources they may need.
#WeGotUs - Tuesdays
This support group is a space where students of color can come and find community, support, and develop a sense of belonging while discussing topics such as: relationships, identity, race and diversity, being a minority on campus, current events, and family.
Safe Space - Tuesdays
This therapy group is for LGBTQ+ students seeking a non-judgmental and collaborative safe space to explore topics that may include, but are not limited to: relationships, identity, coming-out, homophobia/biphobia, sexism, discrimination, building community support, family issues, and/or religion.
Survivor Pride - Tuesdays
This gender-inclusive therapy group, for survivors of sexual violence/interpersonal violence, provides a safe and empowering space to process traumatic experiences, learn skills to help manage emotional distress, and better understand the impact of trauma.
This therapy group is for students who wish to explore and practice mindfulness techniques to effectively manage stress, ease feelings of anxiety, minimize destructive perfectionistic habits, foster self-compassion and appreciate the here-and-now.
Mindful Self-Compassion - Wednesdays
Bearcat Brothers - Thursdays
This therapy group offers male-identified students a non-judgmental and supportive space to gain a better understanding of relationships, emotions, life-transitions, sexuality, gender expectations, and how to manage them.
Success Not Excess - Thursdays
This therapy group is designed for students exploring their use of alcohol, drugs, and other potentially addictive behaviors. Group members will identify how substance use and addictive behaviors may be interfering with personal goals, relationships, and academic performance.
Building Social-Confidence - Thursdays
This group is for students who wish to increase their confidence, comfort, and skills in social situations. Participants will learn ways to address their challenges with social anxiety within a supportive and safe group environment. This group is skill-based with a focus on empowering students by challenging patterns and developing more effective thinking styles, social skills, and coping.
Family of Origin - Thursdays
The Family of Origin group creates a safe space to explore how growing up in a home with an alcoholic, narcissist, or physically or emotionally abusive caregiver impacts your self-esteem and relationships.
Hope and Healing - Fridays
This therapy group, for female-identified survivors of sexual violence/interpersonal violence, provides a safe and empowering space to process traumatic experiences, learn skills to help manage emotional distress, and better understand the impact of trauma.