Group Counseling

Group counseling provides a unique opportunity for students to receive multiple perspectives, support, and encouragement from other students in a safe environment. For many emotional concerns, personal struggles, and relationship issues, group counseling is the most effective treatment.

Group Counseling Sessions

Weekly group sessions are led by a mental health professional and range in size up to 10 students per session. Group members learn from and support one another in a setting guided by mutually agreed upon rules, practices, and procedures that promote respect, individual and group growth, and constructive exchanges.

Group counseling can help you:

  • Discover that you're not alone in your struggles, thoughts, and feelings
  • Learn from other students facing similar issues or problems
  • Gain multiple perspectives on your concerns
  • Feel more connected to others
  • Become more aware of yourself through genuine feedback from others
  • Develop new interpersonal skills that you can use in your daily life
  • Internalize the lessons you've learned by helping others in the group

Fall 2020 Group Counseling Opportunities

Fridays 11a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Jaime Castillo, LMHC, Ph.D

This group empowers students to understand and take control over their depression. How we think and act can greatly influence how we feel. The better we understand (and challenge) thoughts and behaviors that are influenced by and contribute to depression, the more skillful and in control we feel. Learn to move away from being on “automatic pilot” and letting your depression make choices for you. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an effective, evidence-based treatment that has consistently demonstrated to have an impact against depression over the short and long-term. This group is all about being collaborative, structured, teaching skills, and practice, practice, practice! Seize the day and do something about depression today!

Fridays 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Toni Gauthier, LCSW-R and Will Spears, Ph.D.

Explore concerns that are impacting your personal life and performance while in graduate school. Topics may include achieving work/life balance, returning to school as an adult learner, roadblocks to thesis completion, and the impact of family and financial concerns on one’s experience. Students in the group will examine how their interpersonal styles are related to their experiences in school and life in general.

Fridays 1-2:30 p.m.
Raquel Bateman, Ph.D.

This group uses the power of exposure and response prevention therapy to help students learn to live with anxiety – students will learn that leaning in to anxiety, instead of avoiding it, is the key to managing anxiety, instead of feeling like anxiety is managing you. Students will receive support from others sharing similar struggles.

Wednesdays 2-3:30 p.m.
Amy Rosechandler, LMHC

Skills group aims to support member’s insight into their emotions, behavior and thinking through discussion and activities on topics such as mindfulness skills, decision making skills and values clarification.  Members often report greater sense of acceptance, control, and balance.

Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Toni Gauthier, LCSW-R and Maggie Reilly, PA

This science-based program using rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) and motivational interviewing helps promote individual choice and gain motivation for change. There is no sponsorship requirement and no spirituality or religious component. The program uses hierarchy of values tool and change plan worksheet to help you move forward and create change in your life.

Mondays 3-4:30 p.m.
Grace Weinstein, LCSW-R

This group will help students look at barriers to interpersonal connection and encourage practice in skills that help us understand one another. The group encourages risk-taking, reflection on what happens in group, and honest, direct feedback. Group members report gaining insight into their own relationship styles and patterns, while being able to work through emotions and try out new ways of being with others.

Virtual Drop-in Connections

Join Counseling and Psychological Services and NTID Counseling and Psychological Services for virtual drop-in connection events to help you thrive and connect during this time of transition. These groups are designed to create a safe space to discuss emotional reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic and its many consequences, including:

  • abrupt transition to online learning
  • being forced to unexpectedly leave your college community
  • adjusting to living at home with family, friends, or alone
  • grief regarding important semester milestones being cancelled or postponed
  • fear about illness
  • uncertainty about co-ops and jobs

In addition, we offer drop-ins designed for international students, MCAS students, and Queerantine connections. Register via CampusGroups to join one of our upcoming connections.