Group counseling is one of our primary clinical services. For many students, group therapy is the most effective and appropriate treatment option.
Group counseling is a unique opportunity available to students in need of a supportive environment. It allows students to hear multiple perspectives and receive encouragement and feedback from peers in a safe and confidential environment. These interpersonal interactions deepen self-awareness and help members learn new ways of relating to others. While some of our groups focus primarily on deepening this understanding of self and others, we also have groups that focus on specific concerns and skill development.
There is no limit to the number of group therapy sessions available to students. Getting started with group counseling begins with an initial evaluation, or intake appointment. You and your counselor will discuss if group counseling is the appropriate form of treatment. Your counselor will also provide information about our groups so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. Groups meet weekly for 60-90 minutes. There are typically 5-12 students in each group and 1-2 group leaders.
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This group is for students who wish to increase self-understanding, self-esteem, and intimacy in relationships, as well as addressing their interpersonal style and relationship-building skills. This is an opportunity to receive support and feedback from other students in a safe environment while developing your ability to understand and express yourself. Both undergraduate and graduate groups are available
This group is for students who have concerns about their substance use behaviors. Students are encouraged to set personal goals for their use based on the stages of change model.
This group is a psychoeducation group based upon Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. It teaches skills in Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
This group is structured to help those who struggle with eating issues learn effective coping skills in order to reduce suffering and improve self-acceptance and general life satisfaction.
This support group is being offered by the Cook Counseling Center and the Women's Center. This group is for female-identified survivors of sexual trauma or violence who may benefit from peer support and education.
This group is for students who have experienced severe mental illness and/or hospitalization. It is open to those who are interested in receiving support, feedback, and increasing their understanding of how their mental illness affects their lives and their relationships.
This group teaches mindfulness practices that help manage anxiety. Each week, members practice mindfulness exercises and discuss how they are moving through their anxiety to pursue the things that matter to them.
This group is for individuals who have experienced the death / imminent death of a loved one. It provides a combination of psychoeducation and discussion in a safe, nonjudgmental space with others who are there to listen.
This is a group guided physical yoga and meditation practive to use as tools for anxiety management. It incorporates supportive conversation to encourage self-reflection and connection. Individuals are required to participate in concurrent individual therapy.
This group uses a fantasy role-playing game to help individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder develop social skills. Including perspective-taking, tolerating frustration, problem-solving, communication and collaboration.
This class engages members in different art modalities to promote stress management and personal growth. This group facilitates creativity, self-reflection and connection. No previous artistic experience is necessary.
A support group, held outside of Cook Counseling, for any student of a marginalized racial or ethnic background to glean space to explore shared difficulties pertaining to their identities.
This focuses on systematically confronting worrying thoughts in order to decrease obsessive thought or compulsive thoughts / behaviors. This group is for anyone who has repetitive worries or behaviors that get in the way of their daily functioning.