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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 with others, who may have similar experiences, in a trusting, confidential environment.
  • Learn more about your interpersonal communication style and its potential impact on your relationships with others.
  • Practice more effective communication with other people.
  • Learn to better recognize and share your emotional experiences in the present moment by practicing being emotionally available to, and vulnerable with, others.
  • Practice giving and receiving interpersonal feedback in order to identify and work on how you both present yourself to and impact other people.

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.

Tuesdays 3:30 p.m – 5:00 p.m.

Interpersonal process therapy group 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.

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

Thursdays 2:05 p.m – 3:25 p.m. *Returning Fall 2022*

Interpersonal process group 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.

Interpersonal process therapy group for students who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming 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.

Tuesdays 12:20 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. *Returning Fall 2022*

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

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 2:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. *Returning Fall 2022*

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.

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.

Thursdays 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Interpersonal process group focused on topics relating to anxiety and depression and their impact on relationships. Though anxiety and depression are skillfully addressed in other groups and treatment modalities at the Counseling Center, this group tends to focus on these concerns specifically. This group provides a unique opportunity to process the impact of depression and anxiety with other students who share these experiences.

Skills-Based Groups Heading link

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 June 10th, 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.