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.

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.

Group Therapy Schedule

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

The Art of Relationships

Wednesdays, 1-2:30 p.m.
Begins October 7
Group Leader: Chiung Wang, MS, LMFT, (she/her 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

Wednesdays, 2:15-3:45 p.m.
Begins September 30
Group Leader: Reiko Hirai, PhD, LP, (she/her 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.

LGBTQIA Connections

Fridays, 2:35-4:05 p.m.
Begins October 2
Group Leader: Meg Spires, MSW, LICSW (she/her 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.

Mindful Self-Compassion

Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Begins October 14
Group Leader: Mary Clark, MSW, (she/her pronouns)

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

Presented in collaboration with Student Counseling Services
Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
September 30 - November 18
Group Leader: Alex Montes, MSW, LGSW, (she/her pronouns) and Nina Hernandez Beithon MSW, LGSW (she/her pronouns)

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

Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30  p.m.
Begins October 7
Group Leader: Yvon Lonning, MS, LPCC, LADC, (they/them pronouns)

My Gender, My Way for Graduate Students

Thursdays, 1:00-2:30  p.m.
Begins October 1
Group Leader: Yvon Lonning, MS, LPCC, LADC, (they/them 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.

Neurodiversity Connection

Fridays, 1-2:30 p.m.
Begins October 2
Group Leader: Meg Spires, MSW, LICSW, (she/her 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.

Reclaiming Our Stories as LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC

Thursdays, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Ongoing
Group Leader: Alex Montes, MSW, LGSW, (she/her 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.

Rest Easy

Wednesdays, 2:15-3:45 p.m.
Begins November 4
Group Leader: Reiko Hirai, PhD, LP, (she/her pronouns)

Do you wish for better sleep but have a hard time motivating yourself? You are not alone. In the course of 4 weeks, you will learn necessary ingredients for restful sleep, develop your own goals, and hold each other accountable in a supportive environment to take the steps toward quality sleep! (Participation in this group requires keeping a sleep log).

Together Apart: Graduate Students

Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Ongoing
Group Leader: Michelle Krypel, MSW, LICSW, (she/her 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.

Trans On My Timeline: Transition Support

Section One: Mondays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Begins October 5
Group Leader: Yvon Lonning, MS, LPCC, LADC, (they/them pronouns)

Section Two: Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Begins October 7
Group Leader: Yvon Lonning, MS, LPCC, LADC, (they/them pronouns)

This is a group developed through understanding there are many ways to explore, embrace, and authenticate our gender. It will be a weekly topic group, where students can choose if they want to attend 1 or more sessions. Each week will be a new gender transition-related topic, which may include guest speakers from other departments at Boynton Health and/or UMN. The group is built on increasing knowledge, outlining steps or procedures, and giving UMN-specific as well as Twin Cities metro resources for all participants.

Understanding Self and Others

Section One: Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Ongoing
Group Leaders: Emily Price, PsyD, LP, (she/her pronouns)

Section Two: Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Begins September 22
Group Leader: Brian Post, PhD, LP, (he/him pronouns)

Section Three: Tuesdays, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Begins September 22
Group Leader: Brian Post, PhD, LP, (he/him pronouns)

Section Four: Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Begins September 23
Group Leader: Brian Post, PhD, LP, (he/him pronouns)

Section Five: Thursdays, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Begins September 25
Group Leader: Brian Post, PhD, LP, (he/him 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, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Ongoing
Group Leaders: Emily Price, PsyD, LP, (she/her 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.

When Home is Hard

Thursdays, 1-2:30 p.m.
Begins October 1
Group Leader: Meg Spires, MSW, LICSW, (she/her pronouns)

Dealing with the stress of college is even more difficult when family relationships are painful or unhealthy. Gain support from others who understand and learn new communication and relationship skills.

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.