Group Therapy

Fall 2019 Workshops & Groups Descriptions

Connections (Intake screens begin in September)
Tuesdays from 5 pm to 6:30pm or Wednesdays from 5pm to 6:30 pm.
This group helps clients gain insight into their patterns of relating with others and practice changing these patterns in group. Group leaders establish boundaries and clarify their roles to create safety and predictability within the group, but group discussions are kept open to whatever may be on members' minds each week so that peoples' patterns of relating can emerge naturally. Group leaders illuminate and explore the meaning of group members' ways of communicating as it's happening. Group members alternate between experiencing their own and others' relational patterns in real time, and reflecting on these patterns. Students who struggle to create and sustain fulfilling relationships (broadly defined) due to their more deeply ingrained relational patterns would be most likely to benefit from this group.

ACTION (Start date: September, 23)
Mondays from 4 pm- 5 pm
ACTION is a group designed for those experiencing depression and anxiety. Taking ACTION will offer you an opportunity to engage in a different relationship with feelings of anxiety and depression through six topic driven sessions. Topics include: psychological flexibility, self-compassion, thoughts, mindfulness, emotions, and stress resilience. If you are experiencing anxiety and/or depression, we encourage you to take ACTION!

Grief and Loss Suport Group (Start date: September 11)
Wednesdays from 4 pm to 5 pm

Mindfulness for Wellbeing (Start date: September, 24)
Tuesdays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
We typically find ourselves not in the moment worrying about the future, stuck in the past, or criticizing our every move. We also find ourselves ‘up in our heads,' and not attending to what we are doing or who are talking to. Such a way of being may contribute to us feeling stressed or even suffering from some anxious or depressed moods.

This group is designed to help us be more in the present and attend to what is happening in our lives as it unfolds in the moment. The group also helps to cultivate a quality of awareness that is kind and non-judgmental, which lets yourself and things be as they are. Each group meeting will cover a certain topic, ranging from cultivating awareness to get off of ‘auto pilot' to gathering our scattered minds. Each group meeting will also introduce specific mindfulness practices, such as mindful breathing, to be practiced between meetings. Through learning about these mindfulness practices, students can start to cultivate a sense of wellbeing for themselves.

How to schedule:
Students who are interested in any group need to schedule an individual meeting with the group leader(s) first. Meeting with the group leader(s) is not a promise that students will be in the group, or a commitment from the student to join the group. This meeting is an opportunity for the student to assess if the group is worth trying, and for the group leader(s) to assess if the student seems appropriate for group (that is, likely to benefit from the interventions and relate in a constructive way with the other participants.) If the group leader assesses that a student is not appropriate for a group than he/she will provide this feedback and recommend other treatment options.

Students can call 412 396-6204 or come to Fisher Hall 636 to schedule a time to meet with the group leader(s) of the group(s) they are interested in.

 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.