Group Therapy

Group therapy sessions are a safe, confidential space to share and explore concerns and learn new strategies for overcoming challenges. Group therapy sessions are open to all students, unless otherwise indicated.

How to Join a Group

Current mental health clinic clients:

Ask the front desk staff to set up a group screening appointment for you with a group leader. These
screening appointments take place over the phone or in person and typically last 15 to 30 minutes.

New mental health clinic clients:

Walk in to our East Bank mental health clinic for a brief consultation visit.

Therapy Groups and Schedules

All group meeting take place in Boynton's East Bank clinic. Information about groups including dates, times and leaders are listed below. 

Understanding Self and Others

Section One: Mondays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Eleven sessions beginning September 30
Group Leader: Mary Clark, MSW, She/Her/Hers

Section Two: Mondays, 2:30-4 p.m.
Twelve sessions beginning September 23
Group Leader: Brian Post, PhD, LP, He/Him/His pronouns

Section Three: Tuesdays, 1-2:30 p.m.
Twelve sessions beginning September 24
Group Leader: Brian Post, PhD, LP, He/Him/His pronouns

Section Four: Wednesdays, 2:30-4 p.m.
Twelve sessions beginning September 25
Group Leader: Brian Post, PhD, LP, He/Him/His pronouns

Section Five: Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Eleven sessions beginning September 26
Group Leader: Brian Post, PhD, LP, He/Him/His pronouns

Are you searching for a place to learn about yourself and better understand your relationships in a safe and accepting environment? You will have the opportunity to express your thoughts and feelings, as well as build confidence in an encouraging atmosphere. The goal is to gain awareness of how you relate with others in the group and understand how these patterns reflect how you relate with others in your life. Attention will be paid to feelings, thoughts and experiences that arise in the group—there will be opportunities to explore the meaning of these behaviors. With the help of the group leader, you will practice giving and receiving support and feedback.

Understanding Self and Others for Students Identifying as Men

Mondays 2:30-4 p.m.
Eight sessions beginning September 23
Group Leader: Jeff Walter, PhD LP, He/Him/His pronouns

This group is an interpersonal process group that creates a space for students identifying as men to understand ways to decrease emotional distress, identify and address problems in interpersonal relationships, and explore experiences of gender identity and masculinities (cultural and behavioral expectations associated with “being a man”). You will gain awareness of how experiences with other members in the group may relate to experiences you have with others outside of the group. Men will be encouraged to share both support and feedback for others in order to enhance learning. You will have the chance to explore the risks, responsibilities, and privileges associated with male gender identification. The group will be facilitated by a psychotherapist who identifies as male.

Understanding Self and Others for Graduate Students

Wednesdays, 8:30-10 a.m.
Eleven sessions beginning September 18 (No group October 9)
Group Leader: Emily Price, PsyD, LP, She/Her/Hers pronouns

Often graduate students find themselves navigating power dynamics within advisory relationships, questioning their abilities and future, feeling behind their peers in the working world, and struggling to establish and maintain relationships. This group offers graduate students the opportunity to explore the ways in which they relate to themselves and others in a safe space with peers who can relate to the unique challenges of graduate school. Group members will explore their relational patterns and how their experience in graduate school has shifted or intensified them.

Understanding Self and Others for BIPOC

Section One: Wednesdays, 12:50-2:20 p.m.
Eleven sessions beginning September 25
Group Leaders: Chiung Wang, MS, LMFT, She/Her/Hers pronouns and Christina Allen-Walker, LPCC, She/Her/Hers pronouns

Section Two: Thursdays, 12:50-2:20 p.m.
Eleven sessions beginning September 26 (No group on November 28)
Group Leaders: Reiko Hirai, PhD, LP, She/Her/Hers pronouns and Chiung Wang, MS, LMFT, She/Her/Hers pronouns

This group is a hybrid of a support and interpersonal process group and offers a safe space for students of color to deepen their understanding of self in the context of relationships and cultures. You will gain awareness into how you relate to others in the group and understand how you might relate with others outside of the group. Students will be encouraged to share, and receive support and feedback. The group will also create a space for conversations related to racial/ethnic identity development, cultural impact on interpersonal relationships, and experiences of marginalization. Multiracial people are welcome. The group will be facilitated by two psychotherapists who identify as people of color.

My Gender, My Way

Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Ten sessions beginning October 1
Group Leader: Yvon Lonning, MS, LPCC, LADC, They/Them/Theirs pronouns

My Gender My Way is a space specifically for trans and/or nonbinary students to gather and discuss important topics, issues, and challenges unique to our community. We will share and learn resources for trans and nonbinary students on campus, in the community, and social media. We’ll address physical, emotional, and chemical health, while exploring how we individually define and express our own gender, speak about ways to navigate healthcare as a trans and/or nonbinary student/young adult, how we live in a cis-heteronormative world while also facing sexism, racism, and other issues. My Gender My Way will create a supportive space to explore, share, and celebrate our lives and visions for the future.

LGBTQIA Connections

Fridays, 2:35-4 p.m.
Eight sessions beginning September 27 (No group on October 11 and November 29)
Group Leader: Lauri Appelbaum, MSW, LICSW, She/Her/Hers pronouns

Finding “your people” can be challenging on a university campus, particularly if you are LGBTQIA. And when you might also be managing depression, anxiety, stress, relationship and family issues, it can make it even harder. This group is for LGBTQIA-identified students, a place to come together to discuss issues and challenges, those that are affecting you, your academic work, your relationships, and your emotional and mental health. We’ll explore how we build our sense of wholeness and identities, and how we build connection and a community of support and validation. We’ll explore how we do this while facing Homophobia, Sexism, Racism, Xenophobia, AIDSphobia and other issues - on campus, in the community, and in our culture. And, we’ll celebrate our hopes, goals, achievements, and our vision for our futures.

Reclaiming Our Stories as LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC

Thursdays, 1-2:30 p.m.
Nine sessions beginning October 3 (No group on November 28)
Group Leader: Alex Montes, MSW, LGSW, She/Her/Hers pronouns

Reclaiming Our Stories is a space for people of color who also identify within the LGBTQIA+ community to come together with one another and share our experiences. Mixed race, multi cultural, international students and adopted folks we see you. In this space we can work to share our stories, as well as have our stories held by our community. We will work to build safety and trust in order for us to be able to come forward as our authentic selves, without feeling the need to sacrifice parts of who we are. In this space we can work together to affirm one another, better understand ourselves and our community, explore our identities, and the systems that impact us such as homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, weightism, fatphobia, as well as many other systems that impact our existence in the world. The group will be facilitated by a provider who identifies as a queer person of color.

Building Resilience to PTSD Skills Group

Thursdays, 2:30-4 p.m.
Eleven sessions beginning September 26 (No group on November 28)
Group Leader: Rachel Ans, MPS, LADC, LPCC She/Her/Hers pronouns

Many individuals experience traumatic events in their lifetime; however, not all develop PTSD. Those who do develop PTSD often find the way they think and feel has changed. While you may feel alone, many of the symptoms you are experiencing are normal reactions, and there are ways to manage them. In this group, we will NOT be discussing your individual traumatic events, but rather discovering others who can understand. This group will be a safe place to confirm that you are not alone in your reaction to what happened, gain support and learn skills to combat difficult symptoms.

Forward Motion

Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Ten sessions beginning September 26 (No group on November 28)
Group Leader: Rachel Ans, MPS, LADC, LPCC She/Her/Hers pronouns

This group is a clinical space for individuals to explore a healthy relationship with substances. Whether you are in a place of active recovery, are thinking about joining recovery, or are just making changes to your patterns, this space has been created to explore, learn, and support one another towards your best choices.

Daring Greatly™

Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Ten sessions beginning September 30 (No group November 26)
Group Leader: Michelle Krypel, MSW, LICSW, She/Her/Hers pronouns

Daring Greatly™ is based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. During the ten week group process, we explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame and worthiness. We examine the thoughts, emotions and behaviors holding us back and identify new choices and practices to move toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is developing shame resilience skills and daily practices that transform the way we live and engage in relationships.

Be Happy Without Being Perfect

Tuesdays, 1-2:30 p.m.
Five sessions beginning October 22
Group Leader: Reiko Hirai, PhD, LP, She/Her/Hers pronouns

Do you feel overwhelmed by high expectations of yourself? Do you fear failure and work to the point of exhaustion at the expense of your well-being? Do you procrastinate because of perfectionism? This group meets to discuss the impact of perfectionism and explores strategies to work toward a better balance between your well-being and drive for excellence. Your participation in this group involves experimenting with being more flexible with your standards, and supporting each other in this journey.

Practicing Self Kindness: Tapping Your Innate Strength

Tuesdays, 2:15-4:15 p.m.
Eight sessions beginning September 24
Group Leaders: Mary Clark, LICSW, Mindfulness Self-Compassion Trained Teacher, She/Her/Hers pronouns and Charlie Platt, He/Him/His pronouns

Imagine yourself, at your best, responding to a good friend who is having a difficult time, perhaps facing a failure. Would you like to learn how to respond to yourself with the same understanding and support? This ability to show up for ourselves arises when we feel safe enough to be with the pain of a moment. The outcome is connection to the freedom to take the risks that connect us to what we most value. Practicing Self-Kindness is a therapy group that is based on the Mindful Self-Compassion course developed by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer. The group includes guided meditation, imagery and writing and sharing experiences and learning.

Conquering Your Anxiety

Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Ten sessions beginning September 25 (No group on November 27)
Group Leader: Merrily Sadlovsky, MSW, LICSW, She/Her/Hers pronouns

Conquering Your Anxiety focuses on helping you understand anxiety symptoms and build skills to manage these symptoms. There will also be time to share and get support around anxiety, including social anxiety. The eight sessions are divided into content that builds upon itself. The sessions include modules dedicated to: (1) understanding anxiety, (2) introducing a method for slowing down and disentangling the experience of anxiety, and (3) developing alternative responses to anxiety. By the end of the group, you will have your own individualized plan for conquering anxiety.

Depression Support Group

Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Eight sessions beginning October 2 (No group on November 20)
Group Leader: Jessie Saer MSW, LICSW

In the midst of depression, people often feel unmotivated, isolated, hopeless, and exhausted. These symptoms can make it difficult to go to class, spend time with friends and family, and participate in hobbies that you previously enjoyed. This group is for individuals looking for support, encouragement and accountability to re-engage with aspects in life that matter to you. The group will be a safe place to confirm that you are not alone in your struggle with depression, gain support and learn skills to address difficult symptoms.

Neurodiversity Connection

Fridays, 1-2:30 p.m.
Ten sessions beginning September 27 (No group on November 29)
Group Leader: Meg Benefield, MSW, LICSW, She/Her/Hers pronouns

This group is for undergraduate students who identify as autistic or as a person with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger’s. Connect with other students who understand the gifts and challenges of life on the spectrum. Students will have the opportunity to share, give and receive feedback on topics like relationships, academics, and mental health.

When Grief Gets Complicated

Tuesdays, 2:45-4:15 p.m.
Ten sessions beginning October 1
Group Leader: Emily Price, PsyD, LP, She/Her/Hers pronouns

This group is for students who are feeling stuck or lost in the grief process or who are having trouble accepting that they are grieving at all. If you find yourself avoiding thoughts, feelings, and conversations about your deceased loved one, ruminating on thoughts and memories about them, or question how to function without them, this is a space in which you can process your grief with others who can relate.

Stress Management Survival Kit

Fridays, 1-2 p.m.
This one-session workshop will be available each Friday from October 4 through November 8
Group Leader: Dominic Poulin, LPCC, He/Him/His pronouns

The Stress Management Survival Kit workshop focuses on identifying symptoms of stress and anxiety. The one-session workshop will cover strategies to understand and reduce unhealthy levels of stress. You will learn different methods to engage in relaxation strategies, which includes in-session practice and follow-up information for practicing these skills at home.

Other On-campus Group Counseling Options

Student Counseling Services offers group counseling services and workshops.

Group Therapy Videos

Watch videos about Boynton therapy groups.

Questions

How do groups work?

Our groups typically meet for 90 minutes once a week. Some groups meet for most of the semester, while others are short term—four to six sessions. Most groups consist of four to eight members. Process groups provide an environment for students to identify and explore emotions, give and receive support, and practice healthy ways of relating to others. Psychoeducational groups focus on developing skills around a particular concern and often involve discussions and experiential activities to apply the skills you are learning.

How do I get started?

If you are currently a Mental Health Clinic (MHC) client, ask our front desk staff to set up a group screening appointment with a group leader. These screening appointments take place over the phone or in person and typically last 15 to 30 minutes. The screening gives you a chance to ask questions and determine if the group is a good fit for your needs. Students who are new to the MHC should discuss their interest in group during Brief Consultation. Your consultant will arrange for you to meet with the appropriate group therapist for an Intake Appointment. You can also call the group coordinator, Michelle Krypel, at 612-624-1444 with general questions about group therapy.
 

Why should I try a group? Will it be as effective as individual therapy?

Group therapy is considered to be one of the most effective forms of treatment for many issues that confront undergraduate and graduate students, such as depression, anxiety, grief/loss, low self-esteem and troubled relationships. Students who try group therapy find that it provides a safe and supportive place to explore their concerns and learn new strategies for overcoming challenges.

Do I have to reveal all my deepest secrets and feelings to the group?

No. You can decide how much and when to share your feelings with the group and no one will force you to share more than you feel comfortable with. Most students are apprehensive about attending a group for the first time and wonder what it will be like to share with people they do not know. However, most find they become more comfortable over time and value the support and feedback they get from their peers. All group members are expected to maintain the confidentiality of the group so everyone can feel safe sharing.

Still have questions?

Contact us at 612-624-1444.