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 - Fall 2021

 
Group Name Leader Day Schedule

Understanding Self and Others

Section 1

Brian Post

he/him

Monday

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Sept. 20 - Dec. 13

Graduate and Professional Student Support Group

Seth Christman

he/him

Monday

10:30 - 12:00 p.m.

Sept. 20 - Dec. 13

Understanding Self and Others

Section 2

Brian Post

he/him

Monday

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Sept. 20 - Dec. 13

Understanding Self and Others

Section 3

Brian Post

he/him

Tuesday

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Sept. 21 - Dec. 14

Forward Motion

Kate Bonham

she/her

Tuesday

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 - Dec. 14

Depression Support Group

Jessie Saer

she/her

Tuesday

10:30 - 12:00 p.m.

Oct. 5 - Nov. 30

First Gen Support Group

Chiung Wang

she/her

Tuesday

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Sept. 28 - Dec. 7

Understanding Self and Others

Section 4

Brian Post

he/him

Tuesday

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 21 - Dec. 14

Mixed/Multiracial Connections

Alex Montes

she/her

Nina Hernandez Beithon

she/her

Tuesday

3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Sept. 21 - Dec. 14

When Food is Complicated

Mary Utz

she/her

Wednesday

9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Oct. 13 - Nov. 17

My Gender, My Way

Undergraduate

Evan Rosenthal

he/they

Wednesday

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Sept. 29 - Dec. 8

Mindful-Self Compassion

Mary Clark

she/her

Wednesday

2:30 - 4:00

Oct. 6 - Nov. 10

My Gender, My Way

Graduate

Evan Rosenthal

he/they

Thursday

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Sept. 30 - Dec. 9

Art of Relationship

Chiung Wang

she/her

Thursday

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Oct. 14 - Nov. 4

Be Happy without Being Perfect

Reiko Hirai

she/her

Thursday

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Sept. 23 - Oct. 21

Understanding Self and Others

Section 5

Brian Post

he/him

Thursday

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Sept. 23 - Dec. 16

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 - Fall 2021

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

The Art of Relationships

Group Leader: Chiung Wang, MS, LMFT, (she/her pronouns)

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

October 14 - November 4

Identify ways to build healthy relationships by better understanding your past and how they affect your self-worth and boundaries in relationships, gaining awareness of unhealthy conflict resolution skills and building a healthy dance with your partner. 

Be Happy Without Being Perfect

Group Leader: Reiko Hirai, PhD, LP, (she/her pronouns)

Thursday, 2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

September 23 - October 21 

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.

Depression Support Group 

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

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

September 28 - November 30th

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.

First Gen Support Group 

Group Leader: Chiung Wang, MS, LMFT, (she/her pronouns)

Tuesday, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. 

September 28 - December 7 

This group is for first-generation college students who are navigating university life and academics during a challenging time. This group aims to provide a supportive space to share experiences, celebrate successes, and to discuss difficulties they’ve experienced along the way.  Join with others in this support group who want to build community, grow networks, and add to one’s resources.  Themes may include: navigating unfamiliar situations, juggling finances and socializing, managing responsibilities etc.

Forward Motion

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

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

September 14 to December 14

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.

Graduate and Professional Support Group

Group Leader: Seth Christman, PhD, LP (he/him pronouns)

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

September 20 - December 13 

Come together with other graduate students to share, listen, and contribute to a supportive dialogue around the challenges and joys of graduate education.  While the agenda will be set by the group, common topics may include balance, coping with stress, personal and professional relationships, motivation, perfectionism, program milestones/culminating projects, intersecting identities, career development and much more. This group is open to graduate and professional students of all levels and disciplines.

Mindful Self-Compassion

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

Wednesday, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

October 6 - November 10

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.

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, 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

September 21 - December 14

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.

My Gender, My Way for Undergraduate Students

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

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

September 29 - December 8 

My Gender, My Way for Graduate Students

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

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

September 30  - December 9 

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.

Understanding Self and Others

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

USO Section1

Monday 10:00-11:30, 9/20-12/13

USO Section 2

Monday 2:30-4:00, 9/20-12/13

USO Section 3

Tues 10:00-11:30, 9/21-12/14

USO Section 4

Tues 2:30-4:00, 9/21-12/14

USO Section 5

Thurs 2:30-4:00, 9/23-12/16

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.

When Food is Complicated 

Group Leader: Mary Utz, MSW, LICSW (she/her)

Wednesday, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

October 13 - November 17

This 6 week psychoeducational workshop is a supportive space for students to explore their relationship with food and body as it impacts emotional, physical, social, cultural, and mental wellbeing. We will examine how eating behaviors and body image are influenced by diet culture, mental health, thin privilege, fatphobia, perfectionism, and the intersection of multiple identities. We welcome students in bodies of all shapes, sizes, races, genders, and abilities with all forms of disordered eating behaviors (e.g. binge eating, restriction, body checking) or body image distress. Students will leave the group with a personalized action plan for continued growth and healing.

 

Staff Led Outreach/ Volunteer

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.

 

The group will be facilitated by Alex Montes (she/her; Boynton Health), Nina Hernandez Beithon (she/her; SCS) and Steve Cisneros (he/him; PES)

 

This group will meet weekly virtually on Tuesdays from 1-2PM from September 28th-December 14th for 12 sessions.

 

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.