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 for Students of Color
Thursdays, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Eight sessions beginning May 30
Group Leaders: Reiko Hirai, PhD, LP and Chiung Wang, MS, LMFT
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. The group will be facilitated by two psychotherapists who identify as a person of color.
Understanding Self and Others
Section One: Tuesdays, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Ten sessions beginning June 19
Group Leaders: Brian Post, PhD and Lauren Azbill, LMFT
Section Two: Thursdays, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Ten sessions beginning June 14
Group Leaders: Brian Post, PhD and Mary Clark, LICSW
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.
Building Resilience to PTSD Skills Group
Tuesdays, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Eight sessions beginning May 29
Group Leader: Rachel Ans, MPS, LADC
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.
Tuesdays, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Eight sessions beginning May 29
Group Leader: Lauri Appelbaum, MSW, LICSW, and Yvon Lonning, LPCC
Finding "your people" can be challenging on a university campus, particularly if you are LGBTQI. And when you might also be managing depression, anxiety, stress, relationship and family issues, or anything else that effects your emotional health and sense of who you are, it can make it even harder. This group is for LGBTQI-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.
Other On-campus Group Counseling Options
Student Counseling Services offers group counseling services and workshops.
Group Therapy Videos
Watch videos about Boynton therapy groups.