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!


Fall 2017 Workshops Series




Surviving to Thriving

Every Monday


These workshops are designed to help you lead a fulfilling life through values-based action.


Strategies for School

October 5, November 2, November 30


This workshop series focuses on strategies that support student success, including time management skills, coping with attentional control issues, and test-taking strategies.


Healthy Relationships

October 18


This workshop will provide information about how past hurt can impact current relationships and provide strategies for creating healthy boundaries, effectively communicating with others, and making value driven decisions about your relationships.

Stress to Success

Every Tuesday


These workshops are designed to help you manage the stresses of college life through mindfulness and relaxation strategies.


Pleasures and Problems

October 17, November 21


This workshop provides both the information and skills needed when facing the pleasure and problems of alcohol and other drug use.


Mindful Eating

October 25, November 22


This workshop provides information and skills needed to develop a healthier relationship with food.




All workshops are located at UC Counseling & Psychological Services (225 Calhoun Street, Suite 256). For more information call 513-556-0648.



Fall 2017 Group Therapy Services


Understanding Self & Others (USO) Graduate Student Group

Mondays 10-11:30am

The Graduate Student Support Group promotes discussion about common stressors for graduate students or other non-traditional students.

Understanding Self & Others (USO) for First-Year Students

Mondays 1-2:30pm

The First-Year USO Group provides a supportive environment for first year students having difficulty transitioning to college.


Mondays 3-4:30pm

A support and process group for transgender and gender non-conforming students. Questioning gender students are welcome. Discussions will include coming out, managing rejection and microaggressions, relationships, transitioning, and self-acceptance.

Understanding Self & Others (USO)

Tuesdays 1-2:30pm

The USO group provides a warm and supportive environment in which you can experiment constructively with new ways of relating to others, share personal experiences, express fears and concerns, and get support and feedback.

Safe Space

Tuesdays 3-4:30pm

This group will focus on the social and emotional needs of UC students of any gender expression, identity, or cultural background who identify as LGBTQ+.

Survivor Pride

Tuesdays 5-6:30pm

A gender inclusive group for survivors of sexual violence or intimate partner violence that provides a safe and empowering space to process traumatic experiences, learn skills to help manage emotional distress, and better understand the impact of trauma on one's life.

Mindful Self-Compassion

Wednesdays 3-4:30pm and Fridays 10-11:30am

The Midful Self-Compassion group provides a space to learn to manage stress more effectively, bounce back from challenges more quickly, decrease perfectionism, and increase self-kindness.

Bearcat Brothers

Thursdays 10-11:30am

The Bearcat Brothers Group offers a place for men to come together and discuss their problems in a fun and dignified way.

Smart Recovery

Thursdays 1-2:30pm

Smart Recovery focuses on recovery from addictive behaviors including alcohol, drugs, smoking, or other addictive behaviors, such as gambling, sex, and pornography.

Building Social Confidence

Thursdays 3-4:30pm

This group focuses on identifying fears related to social situations, reducing self-defeating thinking patterns, and strengthening effective social skills.

Family of Origin Group

Thursdays 5-6:30pm

Hope & Healing

Fridays 1-2:30pm

The Hope & Healing Group provides a safe and empowering space to process traumatic experiences, learn skills to help manage emotional distress, and better understand the impact of trauma on one’s life.


All groups are free to UC students and held at UC Counseling & Psychological Services (225 Calhoun Street, Suite 256). For more information, please call 513-556-0648.


An Introduction to Group Therapy" by Darius Campinha-Bacote

The video was Darius Campinha-Bacote's dissertation project at the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University. The video is used here with their permission.


Do you think that your drinking or drug use may be causing problems? Take our online anonymous alcohol screening, it may help you decide if speaking with a counselor might be beneficial.