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Group Therapy

Group therapy offers some unique benefits such as:

• being able to receive feedback from multiple people,
• relating with, giving support to, and learning from others struggling with similar issues and feelings,
• learning about your ways of relating with people by observing how you interact with others in group
• practicing new and intentional ways of relating with others in group,
• working through social anxiety (e.g., by facing it in group), and
• generating collective solutions to problems.

Group Intake Form

Connections Group (Two Groups offered for the Spring 2016 Semester)
1. Meets weekly on Thursdays from 11 am - 12:30 pm
2. Meets weekly on Thursdays from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

What is Connections Group?
Both groups are open to all undergraduate and graduate students. These groups will focus on how members interact with each other. These unstructured process groups work from the "group microcosm" theory that states that the conscious and unconscious ways members interact with each other in group is representative of how they relate with others in general. As members' interpersonal styles and patterns emerge in group, members will likely gain insight into their patterns of interacting and relating with others, and have opportunities to practice relating in new, effective ways with other group members. These groups would be beneficial for any student feeling generally unfulfilled or dissatisfied in their relationships or in the ways they typically interact with or perceive others. This group will be co-facilitated by two therapists.

Themed Groups (Fall 2015 Semester)

Graduate Student Support - This workshop/support group will be led by a staff psychologist, offered once a month, and open to any interested graduate students. Students are free to attend once or as many times as they would like, and topics will differ at each session. Themes will be based on the needs and interests of participants at each workshop, and may cover topics such as perfectionism and procrastination, managing the ambiguity of graduate school, thesis and dissertation process, and job searching, and balancing multiple roles including family, relationships, work, school, and self-care. Emphasis will be placed on helping participants generate new perspectives and solutions to shared issues.

Working Out and Self-Esteem - This workshop will be co-led by Power Center and Counseling and Wellbeing Center Staff, offered once a month, and open to any interested student (undergraduate or graduate.) Students are free to attend once or as many times as they would like, and topics will differ at each session. Workshops leaders will take students through brief physical workouts at the Power Center, then come together to process psychological components of these workouts such as discouraging and motivating factors that emerged for participants, and how such factors detracted from and/or created opportunities for participants to achieve their workout goals. Particular emphasis will also be given to how participants may bring more rigid

All groups are facilitated by a therapist or team of therapists. Groups contain between 5 and 8 members. Group formats range from unstructured to semi-structured to structured and psychoeducational. All potential members first meet individually with the group leader(s) to assess if group would be an appropriate fit for them and vice versa. Please see below for specific groups offered at the Counseling Center.

Please call us at 396-6204 if you'd like to schedule a group screening for any of the groups listed above.

All University Counseling and Wellbeing Center groups require members to commit to keeping what is shared in group confidential at all times.

Suggest Another Group
The UCWC has offered Many other groups over the years including:
  • a mindfulness and self-compassion
  • Women's Empowerment
  • anxiety management

If you would like to suggest a specific theme for a group that might be helpful to you and/or other students, please contact Dr. Laurie Kessler, Groups Coordinator.

 Information in this site is not intended to replace a one-on-one consultation with a licensed mental health worker.  If you are a student having problems, we urge you to contact us at 412.396.6204 to schedule an appointment.