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Group Therapy

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Many of our usual procedures have changed since transitioning to online services due to COVID-19. We are frequently reassessing our procedures to ensure our services are as safe and accessible as possible. Check back often for the latest updates.

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What is group therapy?

Group therapy is the treatment of choice for many concerns, especially for individuals whose distress is related to their social, family, or romantic relationships. Groups generally meet once a week, have 5-8 members and 1-2 trained group therapists, and do not have a session limit; however, a few groups are specifically designed to be time-limited. Group therapy can be an ideal place to:

  • Explore personal concerns and connect with others, who may have similar experiences, in a trusting, confidential environment.
  • Understand your interpersonal style, patterns, and reactions and their potential impact on your relationships with others and on your mental health.
  • Empower yourself to change relationship patterns that are not working for you and practice these changes in your relationships with group members.
  • Practice openness and vulnerability with trusted others in a way that reflects your values, honors your cultural identities, and facilitates healthy relationships and outcomes.
  • Experience healing in relationships and translate this into relationships outside of group.

Getting Started

Students looking to join a therapy group must be referred following an initial consultation appointment or by their relationship or individual therapist at the Counseling Center. Students can then schedule a 30-minute “pre-group meeting” with the co-facilitators of the group. During this meeting, the group leaders will help you determine whether that particular group is a good fit for your clinical and interpersonal needs. (An exception to this is the Conquering Anxiety group, which requires you to attend an initial consultation but does not require a pre-group meeting.)

Identity-Based Therapy Groups Heading link

Check out each tab below to learn more about our therapy groups for students with specific identities.

This group is open to students who identify as a first-generation student, including those who are the first within their family to attend college (regardless of U.S. generation status) and students who are navigating the U.S. culture/education system for the first time (such as international students).

This group will provide these students with a supportive space where they may process how navigating new spaces or roles for the first time may influence their relationships, as well as explore with other group members how to navigate such struggles.

 

Wednesdays 3:30 p.m – 4:45 p.m.

An interpersonal process group for students who self-identify as Latine/Latinx. This group is for students who want to connect to others who share a similar ethnic-cultural background and hope to make meaningful lifestyle changes with the support of these new connections. Group topics are defined by group members and may include, but are not limited to: academic concerns, stress, relationships, intimacy, discrimination, strengths, and exploration of intersecting identities. Both group co-facilitators can support the group process in Spanish, English, or Spanglish depending on group preference.

Un grupo de terapia basado en el proceso de las relaciones interpersonales para estudiantes que se identifican a sí mismos como Latine/Latinx. Este grupo es para estudiantes que desean conectarse con otras personas que comparten antecedentes étnicos y culturales similares a sí mismos y para estudiantes que también desean realizar cambios significativos en su estilo de vida con el apoyo de estas mismas conexiones. Los temas del grupo son definidos por sus miembros y pueden incluir, pero no están limitados a: preocupaciones académicas, el estrés, relaciones, intimidad, discriminación, fortalezas, y la exploración de quienes son considerando a sus múltiples identidades. Las dos personas que facilitaran el grupo pueden apoyar el proceso grupal en español, inglés, o con una mezcla de los dos idiomas (spanglish), según la preferencia del grupo.

Tuesdays 3:00 p.m – 4:30 p.m.

This interpersonal process therapy group is for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or other gender or sexual minority identities to explore issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and interpersonal experiences. The group is also open to students who are questioning their gender or sexual orientation.

Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

This interpersonal process group is for students who identify as men and want to better understand themselves and others in relationships. This group addresses masculinity, emotional expression, relationship building, and exploration of roles commonly assumed by men.

Thursdays 2:05 p.m – 3:25 p.m.

This interpersonal process group is for students who identify as a person of color and have both an awareness of, and openness to, discussing in group the ways in which their minority identities impact their experiences.

Mondays 4:00 p.m – 5:30 p.m.

This interpersonal process therapy group is for students who identify as transgender or gender expansive to explore issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and interpersonal experiences. This interpersonal process group offers a space for group members to gain support in integrating their identities with other areas of their lives.

Mondays 3:00 p.m – 4:30 p.m.

This interpersonal process therapy group is for students who identify as a womxn (cis or trans) to explore issues related to past traumas that continue to impact their experiences forming and maintaining relationships with others.

General Therapy Groups Heading link

Learn more about our therapy groups open to students of all identities.

Mondays 3:05 p.m – 4:30 p.m.
Fridays 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

An interpersonal process group is a space for students who may benefit from exploring personal and interpersonal growth and/or interpersonal underpinnings of psychological symptoms in a safe, supportive environment with others who may have similar experiences.

Tuesdays 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursdays 3:05 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

These interpersonal process groups are spaces for graduate students who may benefit from exploring personal and interpersonal growth and/or interpersonal underpinnings of psychological symptoms in a safe, supportive environment with other graduate students who may have similar experiences.

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Looking to learn some skills for supporting positive mental health? Check out our skills-based groups.

Fridays 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m, new session starting October 28, 2022

This six-week group will help you address anxiety using the evidence-based approach behind Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The aim of ACT is to bring an open and willing attitude toward all internal experiences and actively working on what you truly care about, even when pain is present. The goal of this group is to help you relate differently to your anxious feelings, depressed moods, worrying mind, and self-defeating behaviors. Sessions will include skill-building, mindfulness activities, group discussion, and experiential exercises.