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.
Animal Assisted Therapy
Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Eight sessions beginning October 3
Group Leaders: Tanya Bailey, MSW, LICSW, She/Her/Hers Pronouns and Mary Utz, MSW, LGSW, She/Her/Hers Pronouns
Animal assisted interactions are a powerful therapeutic tool with known psychological benefits. This group offers animal assisted interactions with registered therapy animals within the supportive structure of group therapy. We aim to provide a space to process mental health, life transitions, family of origin concerns, loneliness, relationship conflicts, grief/loss, and other emotional challenges while navigating life as a student. Open to students of all ages and identities.
Building Resilience to PTSD Skills Group
Mondays, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Eight sessions beginning October 8
Group Leader: Rachel Ans, MPS, LADC, 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.
Understanding Self and Others for Students of Color
Section One: Tuesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Ten sessions beginning September 25 (No group on November 20)
Section Two: Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Ten sessions beginning September 27 (No group on November 22)
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. The group will be facilitated by two psychotherapists who identify as a person of color.
Understanding Self and Others
Section One: Mondays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Ten sessions beginning October 1
Group Leader: Michelle Krypel, MSW, LICSW, She/Her/Hers pronouns
Section Two: Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Eleven sessions beginning October 2
Group Leader: Mary Clark, MSW, LICSW, She/Her/Hers pronouns
Section Three: Tuesdays, 2:45-4:15 p.m.
Eleven sessions beginning October 2
Group Leader: Lauren Azbill, MA, LMFT, She/Her/Hers 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.
My Gender, My Way
Thursdays, 2:45-4:15 p.m.
Seven sessions beginning October 25 (No group on November 22)
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.
Fridays, 2:45-4:15 p.m.
Ten sessions beginning September 21 (No group on October 12 and November 23)
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.
The Daring Way
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Ten sessions beginning October 2
Group Leader: Michelle Krypel, MSW, LICSW, She/Her/Hers pronouns
The Daring Way™ 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.
Practicing Self Kindness: Tapping Your Innate Strength
Thursdays, 1:15-3:15 p.m.
Eight sessions beginning October 4 (No group on November 22)
Group Leader: Mary Clark, LICSW, She/Her/Hers 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 kindness, compassion, arises when we feel safe enough to be with the pain of a moment. It is an innate human quality and our success in accessing it is supported by conditions we can learn to generate. 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.
Be Happy Without Being Perfect
Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Five sessions beginning October 17
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.
Medication Education Workshop
Section One: Tuesday, October 16 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Section Two: Wednesday, November 14 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Section Three: Thursday, September 27 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Group Leader: Janelle Jones, APRN, CNP, She/Her/Hers pronouns
Has your mood been lower than usual? Do you constantly have a stream of worried thoughts running through your mind? Have you tried to deal with these feelings, but nothing seems to be working? Have you considered taking medications but need more information? Do you have questions about medication that you'd like answered in an informal setting? Come join us for Medication Education, where you will learn about symptoms of anxiety and depression and an overview of various medication options.
RIO (Recognition/Insight/Openness) Workshop
Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Three sessions beginning October 24
Group Leader: Jessie Saer, MSW, LICSW, She/Her/Hers pronouns
RIO focuses on building skills and creating flexibility in how you respond to distress. The three sessions include modules dedicated to: (1) helping you gain a deeper understanding of your concerns, (2) creating flexibility in how you view and approach these issues, and (3) helping you take steps toward living with a wide range of emotions. By the end of the workshop, you will have a better sense of your personal values and how you want to focus your energy.
B.R.I.D.G.E. (Building Relationship Intimacy and Dialogue Effectiveness)
Fridays, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Three sessions beginning November 2
Group Leader: Chiung Wang, MS, LMFT, She/Her/Hers pronouns
B.R.I.D.G.E. focuses on identifying ways to foster healthy relationships via self-monitoring, effective communication, and conflict resolution skills. The sessions include modules dedicated to help you: (1) better understand your values and boundaries in relationships, (2) learn the role of culture in communication, different styles of communication, and strategies for effective communication, and (3) identify common causes of conflict and effective conflict management techniques.
Section One: Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Three sessions beginning October 10
Section Two: Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Three sessions beginning October 31
Group Leader: Merrily Sadlovsky, MSW, LICSW, She/Her/Hers pronouns
Anxiety Toolbox focuses on helping you understand anxiety symptoms and build skills to manage these symptoms. The three 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 workshop, you will have your own individualized plan for managing anxiety.
Stress Management Survival Kit
Section One: Tuesday, September 18 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Section Two: Monday, October 15 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Section Three: Friday, December 7 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
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.