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.

Online Group Therapy

Mental Health Clinic groups will be offered via Zoom this semester. If you have concerns about participating in a Zoom group due to privacy considerations, please speak to your group leader about accommodations. We are happy to work with you on personalized solutions so that you can be involved.

Schedule - Spring 2022

 
Group Name Leader Day Schedule

Depression Support Group

 

Jessie Saer

she/her

Tuesday

10:30 - 12:00 p.m.

March 15 - May 3

Mindful Self-Compassion

Mary Clark

she/her

Wednesday

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

In-Person

 Feb 23 - Apr. 6

Forward Motion

 

Kate Bonham

she/her

Tuesday

1:00 - 2:30p.m.

Feb 8th-May 19th

Mixed/Multiracial Connections

 

Alex Montes (she/her)

Rayna Narvaez(she/her)

Nina Hernandez Beithon

(she/her)

 

Tuesday

11:45a.m. - 1:00p.m.

Feb. 16-Apr.20

 

Understanding Self & Others (Ages 23+)

 

Brian Post

(he/him)

Monday

10:00-11:30

Jan. 31 - Apr.25

Understanding Self & Others (Ages 23+)

Brian Post

(he/him)

Monday

2:15-3:45p.m.

Jan. 31 - Apr.25

Understanding Self & Others (Ages 23+)

Brian Post

(he/him)

Tuesday

10:00-11:30

Feb.1 - Apr. 26

Understanding Self & Others (Ages 23+)

 

Brian Post

(he/him)

Tuesday

2:15-3:45p.m.

Feb.1 - Apr. 26

 

My Gender My way Graduate

Evan Rosenthal

(he/they)

Thursday

12:30 - 2p.m.

Commit to Quit

Amy Bakken

(She/her)

Tuesday

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Feb 1-22

Commit to Quit

Amy Bakken

(She/her)

Wednesday

2:00-3:00p.m.

Feb 3-23

 

Pláticas: Latine/o/a/x connection space

for grad students

Alex Montes

(she/her)

Nina Hernandez beithon

(she/her)

Tuesday

1:00- 2:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

   

How to Join a Group

To set up a screening appointment to join a group, call 612-624-1444.

Screening appointments take place over the phone, and typically last 15 to 30 minutes.

Current patients can also ask their therapists about joining a group.

Detailed Schedule - Spring 2022

Information about groups, including dates, times and leaders, is listed below. 

Depression Support Group 

Group Leader: Jessie Saer, LICSW (she/her pronouns)

Tuesday, 10:30 - 12:00 p.m.

May 15- May 3

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.

 

Mindful Self-Compassion

Group Leader: Mary Clark, MSW, (she/her pronouns)

Wednesday, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Feb. 23- Apr. 6

This group is based on the Mindful Self-Compassion course developed by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer. It includes guided meditation, imagery and writing and sharing experiences and learning to enable you to approach yourself with kindness and support even in the midst of pain.

 

Forward Motion

Group Leader:Kate Bonham MS, LPCC, LADC (she/her pronouns)

Tuesday, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Feb. 8- May 19

This 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 is an open enrollment group where students can join throughout the semester but are expected to attend regularly once they have joined.

 

Mixed/Multiracial Connections

Group Leader: Alex Montes, MSW, LICSW, (she/her pronouns) and Nina Hernandez Beithon MSW, LGSW (she/her pronouns)

Presented in collaboration with Student Counseling Services.

Tuesday, 11:45 – 1:00 p.m.

Feb 16- Apr 20

This is a space for mixed/multiracial race folks to explore our lived experience being part of multiple racial communities. As mixed/multiracial folks, we can explore the relationship, connection and disconnection we may feel to our identities, family, friends and community as well as the resiliency we hold that is unique to our experience in being connected to multiple racial and cultural groups. In this space we will work together to affirm one another, better understand ourselves and our community, explore our identities, and the systems that impact us and our mental health, such as colorism, heteronormativity, cisnormativity, racism, sexism, fatphobia, and other systems that impact us in the world. In understanding these systems as mixed/multiracial folks, and following the murder of George Floyd, we can work to understand our place in social movements when social and historical trauma continues. We acknowledge that colorism shows up in mixed spaces and we commit to actively co-creating a space where all mixed folks, not just those mixed with white, are able to show up. The space will be facilitated by two trauma informed queer mixed therapists. If you are interested in joining, please fill out this Mixed/Multiracial Connections group form and a facilitator will get in contact with you with the next steps.We acknowledge that colorism shows up in mixed spaces and we commit to actively co-creating a space where all mixed folks, not just those mixed with white, are able to show up. The space will be facilitated by two trauma informed queer mixed therapists.

If you are interested in joining, please fill out this Mixed/Multiracial Connections group form and a facilitator will get in contact with you with the next steps.

 

Understanding Self and Others

Group Leader: Brian Post, PhD, LP, (he/him pronouns)

USO Section1

Monday 10:00-11:30, 01/31-04/25

USO Section 2

Monday 2:15-3:45, 01/31-04/25

USO Section 3

Tues 10:00-11:30, 02/01-04/26

USO Section 4

Tues 2:15-3:45, 02/01-04/26

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 for Undergraduate Students

Group Leader: Evan Rosenthal, MS, LPCC, LADC, (he/they pronouns)

Wednesday, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

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.

 

My Gender, My Way for Graduate Students

Group Leader: Evan Rosenthal, MS, LPCC, LADC, (he/they pronouns)

Thursdays, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

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

 

Coming to Quit

Group Leader: Amy Bakken, (she/her pronouns)

Tuesday, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

February 1- 22

Quitting nicotine is difficult, but it is possible, and it is easier to do with help. Combining coaching with nicotine replacement therapy (if desired) is the most effective way to quit. Our nicotine cessation workshop will help you make a plan to quit. You'll receive education, peer support, strategies to manage cravings and follow-up. Over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy medication is available at no out-of-pocket cost to students.

 

Coming to Quit

Group Leader: Amy Bakken, (she/her pronouns)

Wednesday, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

February 3- 23

Quitting nicotine is difficult, but it is possible, and it is easier to do with help. Combining coaching with nicotine replacement therapy (if desired) is the most effective way to quit. Our nicotine cessation workshop will help you make a plan to quit. You'll receive education, peer support, strategies to manage cravings and follow-up. Over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy medication is available at no out-of-pocket cost to students.

 

Pláticas: Latine/o/a/x connection space for grad students

Group Leader: Alex Montes (she/her) Nina Hernandez beithon(she/her)

Tuesday, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Pláticas: Latinx Connection Space is a virtual weekly group for Latina/e/o/x students to come together and discuss specific needs, themes, challenges, joys, and identities in our community. Some of the themes we may discuss include colorism, language, belongingness, indigeneity, mestizaje, gender roles, religion and spirituality, immigration, and ongoing events that impact our people and communities. We acknowledge that within the Latinx community there are many different identities, experiences, and preferences in how we describe ourselves. We invite this variety in lived experiences and trust that each of our identities and stories will add to our group and discussions. Sometimes we can wonder if we belong and if these spaces are for us. We want to honor how vulnerable it can be to consider joining a community space and hope to affirm your belonging and enoughness. Come as you are and we hope you will join us and explore these reactions, wonderings, and questions together.

To Register, complete this Sign Up Form

 

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.