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 - Summer 2021

 
Group Name Leader Schedule Notes

Understanding Self and Others

Section 1

Brian Post

he/him

 

Tuesday

2:30-4:00 p.m.

June 1 - August 10

Does not meet June 29
Mix/Multiracial Connections

Alex Montes

she/her

Nina Beithon

she/her

Tuesday

3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

June 8 - July 20

6 Sessions

Does not meet week of June 22

Understanding Self and Others

Section 2

Brian Post

he/him

 

Wednesday

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

June 2 - August 11

 

My Gender, My Way

Undergraduate Students

Evan Rosenthal

he/they

Wednesday

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

June 2 - August 11

 

When Food Is Complicated

Mary Utz

she/her

Merrily Sadlovsky

she/her

Wednesday

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

July 7 - August 11

6 consecutive weeks

Understanding Self and Others

Section 3

Brian Post

he/him

Wednesday

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

June 2 - August 11

 

Understanding Self and Others

Section 4

Emily Price

she/her

Thursday

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

June 3 - August 12

 

My Gender, My Way

Graduate Students

Evan Rosenthal

he/they

Thursday

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

June 3 - August 12

 

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 - Summer 2021

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

Mixed/Multiracial Connections

Group Leader: Alex Montes, MSW, LGSW, (she/her) and Nina Hernandez Beithon MSW, LGSW (she/her)
Presented in collaboration with Student Counseling Services
Tuesday, 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.
June 8 - July 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.

My Gender, My Way for Undergraduate Students

Group Leader: Evan Rosenthal, MS, LPCC, LADC, (he/they)
Wednesday, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
June 2 - August 11

My Gender, My Way for Graduate Students

Group Leader: Evan Rosenthal, MS, LPCC, LADC, (he/they)
Thursday, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
June 3 - August 12

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.

When Food is Complicated

Group Leader: Mary Utz, MSW, LICSW (she/her), Merrily Sadlovsky, MSW, LICSW (she/her)
Wednesday, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
July 7 - August 11

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, thin privilege, fatphobia, 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). Students will leave the group with a personalized action plan for continued growth and healing.

 

Understanding Self and Others

Section 1:
Tuesday, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
June 1 - August 10
Group Leaders: Brian Post, PhD, LP (he/him)

Section 2:
Wednesday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
June 2 - August 11
Group Leader: Brian Post, PhD, LP (he/him)

Section 3:
Wednesday, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
June 2 - August 11
Group Leader: Brian Post, PhD, LP (he/him)

Section 4:
Thursday, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
June 3 - August 12
Group Leader: Emily Price, PsyD, LP (she/her)

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.

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.