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 groups take place online using secure Zoom meetings. Information about groups including dates, times and leaders are listed below. 

The Art of Relationships

Wednesdays, 1-2:30 p.m.
Begins June 10
Group Leader: Chiung Wang, MS, LMFT, She/Her/Hers pronouns

Identify ways to build healthy relationships by better understanding your values and boundaries in relationships, practicing effective communication, and building conflict resolution skills.

Be Happy Without Being Perfect

Tuesdays, 1-2:30 p.m.
Begins June 16
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.

Neurodiversity Connection

Fridays, 1-2:30 p.m.
Begins June 5
Group Leader: Meg Spires, 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.

LGBTQIA Connections

Fridays, 2:35-4:05 p.m.
Begins June 5
Group Leader: Meg Spires, 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.

Mental Health Support Group

Wednesdays, 1-2:30 p.m.
Begins June 10
Group Leader: Jessie Saer MSW, LICSW She/Her/Hers pronouns

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 mental health, gain support and learn skills to address difficult symptoms.

Reclaiming Our Stories as LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC

Thursdays, 2:30-4 p.m.
Begins May 7
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.

Together Apart: Graduate Students

Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Begins June 2
Group Leader: Michelle Krypel, MSW, LICSW, She/Her/Hers pronouns

A supportive space for students who are coping with isolation, uncertainty, and anxiety in the midst of the pandemic. We will form a place of connection to give and receive support and ideas for thriving during a challenging time.

Together Apart: International Students

Thursdays, 2:34-4:05 p.m.
Begins June 1
Group Leader: Chiung Wang, MS, LMFT, She/Her/Hers pronouns

A supportive space for international students to share about living in a different country and culture at a time when they may not be able to go home easily. Topics may include worry about family members, feeling socially isolated, and xenophobia and racism.

Together Apart: Undergraduate Students

Mondays, 1-2:30 p.m.
Begins June 1
Group Leader: Michelle Krypel, MSW, LICSW, She/Her/Hers pronouns

A supportive space for students who are coping with isolation, uncertainty, and anxiety in the midst of the pandemic. We will form a place of connection to give and receive support and ideas for thriving during a challenging time.

Understanding Self and Others

Section One: Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Begins June 2
Group Leaders: Emily Price, PsyD, LP, She/Her/Hers pronouns and Brian Post, PhD, LP, He/Him/His pronouns

Section Two: Tuesdays, 2:35-4:05 p.m.
Ongoing
Group Leader: Brian Post, PhD, LP, He/Him/His pronouns

Section Three: Wednesdays, 2:35-4:05 p.m.
Ongoing
Group Leader: Brian Post, PhD, LP, He/Him/His pronouns

Section Four: Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Ongoing
People ages 18-22
Group Leader: Brian Post, PhD, LP, He/Him/His pronouns

Section Five: Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Ongoing
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 Graduate Students

Wednesdays, 8:30-10 a.m.
Ongoing
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.

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.