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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.Click Here to read a short description titles "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!

Types of groups at CAPS

Understanding Self & Others (Fall 2015, Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30 pm)
  • Is a general topic group geared toward traditional undergraduate students.  It covers a range of topics, including issues related to depression, anxiety, social problems, academic problems, relationship problems, anger, and developmental issues.  This is a "hybrid" group that includes some aspects of interpersonal process, psycho-education, and support. 
SMART Recovery® (Fall 2015, day and time TBD)
  • Is a leading group that focuses on recovery from addictive behaviors including alcohol, drugs, smoking, or other addictive behaviors such as gambling, sex, and pornography.  SMART is an acronym for Self-Management and Recovery Training.  The group emphasizes self-empowerment and active inquiry to make choices that help with recovery.  The group will help members look at addictive behaviors in a safe and non-confrontational format and members will be taught cognitive behavioral and motivational strategies to support recovery.  SMART Recovery® will be another campus-based resource to overcome any addictive behavior that students face.   
Graduate Student Group (Fall 2015, Thursdays, 2:30-4:00 pm)
  • Promotes discussion about common stressors for graduate students or other non-traditional students.  This includes problems related to anxiety, burn-out, loneliness, relationship concerns, transitional issues, and feeling overwhelmed or depressed.  There is a particular focus on balancing school life with social life, personal life and family.  This is a process group aimed at helping members work through these issues by recognizing emotions in the "here and now" and exploring interpersonal patterns with other group members. 
Relieve Your Monkey Mind (Fall 2015, day and time TBD)
  • Is a structured and process group providing four sessions of Buddhist meditation practices and exercises to deal with various types of anxiety disorders. 
Hope and Healing (Fall 2015, Mondays, 2:30-4:00 pm)
  • Is designed for undergraduate and graduate women who have experienced interpersonal trauma (sexual assault, dating violence, etc.).  The group provides a safe and emplowering atmosphere for members to reclaim their lives, process their experience, and learn skills to help manage the effects of the trauma. 
T-Time (Fall 2015, Fridays, 3:00-4:30 pm)
  • Is a support group for trans and gender non-conforming students seeking a safe and affirming space to share experiences.  The group provides a place to simply be with other trans students.  As group members say, "Somethimes you just need your T-Time."  Of course, tea and snacks are served.  The group is a proud recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Program Award from the LGBTQ Center's Annual Rainbow Celebration. 
Body Image & Self Esteem Group (Fall 2015, day and time TBD)
  • Is both a process and psycho-educational group that focuses on topics related to appearance, acceptance of self, self-esteem, and eating concerns.  This group serves as a safe and confidential place for students to connect with peers that understand what it means to struggle with self-concept and problem eating.  In this group, members will be able to develop a support system, increase insight into their struggles and learn healthy ways of coping. 
More Than a Beard (Men's Group) (Fall 2015, Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30 pm)
  • More Than a Beard is a combination of a process, psycho-educational, and support group focused on men's issues for students at the undergraduate and graduate level.  This group serves as a safe and confidential place for students to connect with male peers that want to understand what it means to be a man.  This group covers a range of topics, including issues related to gender role concerns, gender conditioning, interpersonal relationships, spirituality, anger, sexism, racism, sexuality, family, and mental health.   

All groups are free to UC students. For more information, please call 513-556-0648.

Click here to view a video titled "An Introduction to Group Therapy" by Darius Campinha-Bacote. The video was his dissertation project at the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University and is used here with their permission.

Click here to view a powerpoint presentation titled 'Choosing Group'.


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