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

Spring 2024 Group Counseling Opportunities

Full Semester Groups

Psychotherapy groups listed below meet weekly and have 10-12 sessions per semester. Students who join at the beginning of the semester stay in the group together until the group is completed. Group members typically build connections and build on skills over the course of the group. Some groups may allow new members to join at different points through the semester.

Students need to attend a group screen appointment with the facilitator before starting group. To schedule a group screen, contact our office or talk with your therapist if you are already connected.

Mondays, 3-4:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Conner Burry, LMSW

Wednesdays, 2-3:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Doug Newcomb, LCSW-R

Thursdays, 2-3:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Conner Burry, LMSW

Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Facilitator: Doug Newcomb, LCSW-R

This group is a living laboratory to explore our default ways of being with one another, and to try out new ways of relating. It is an excellent place to explore what gets in the way in your relationships- have trouble advocating for yourself? Talking about personal issues? Telling someone they hurt your feelings? USO Group is a great place to try this out in a safe and confidential environment and explore why these things might be hard for you. In this interpersonal process group, we will use the here-and-now to try out new ways of relating. Students who participate in USO report feeling less alone in their struggles, understanding themselves better, and growing in their relationships.      

Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Conner Burry, LMSW

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a useful treatment modality for LGBTQIA+ folks as it is a method that helps clients to interact more effectively with invalidating environments. In the last year specifically, the larger social climate of the United States has become increasingly invalidating for LGBTQIA+ people, and a need to develop new ways of coping with this stigma has been observed. In this group, students will receive a mixed-methods experience, offering them a chance to connect and support one another through navigating an invalidating social environment, while simultaneously learning concrete DBT skills to help them better cope with the stigma they experience. Offered in two modules, this semester, we will focus on using Interpersonal Effectiveness skills to explore the ways we confront microaggressions and interpersonal conflict, as well as Distress Tolerance skills to develop new coping mechanisms for existing in a cisheteronormative world.

Fridays, 2:30-4 p.m.
Facilitator: Ryan McGillicuddy, PsyD

This group is designed to foster personal growth and create a community for those affected by eating and body image concerns. Members can expect to touch on diverse topics associated with body image concerns and recovery from an eating disorder. Members will be encouraged to collaborate on coping skills, share in their experiences, and support one another. Those who may benefit most from the group are those who have been in previous treatment and/or are currently working with a separate provider for eating and body image concerns. (Open to undergraduate and graduate students, all identities welcome).

Mondays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Jacquie Compagnoni, LCSW & Tiarra Mitchell, PsyD

This is a clinical group that provides valuable insights into understanding your productivity & concentration.  We will be exploring strategies to improve executive functioning skills such as focus, attention, concentration, cognitive flexibility, problem-solving, processing speed, time management, organization, motivation & procrastination.  Undergraduate and Graduate students are welcome to join for this in-person clinical group.

Tuesdays, 3-5:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Jeremiah Knowles, LMSW

Embark on an epic journey with "Critical Connections," our 10-session Tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG) based social anxiety group. In a welcoming and supportive atmosphere, participants will venture into a fantasy world, battling social anxiety through role-playing and strategic gameplay. Led by a therapeutic game master, this open group empowers individuals to enhance social skills, boost self-confidence, and forge lasting connections with fellow adventurers. Join us for an immersive and therapeutic experience where critical dice rolls lead to genuine personal growth and strengthened social bonds. 

Thursdays, 3-5:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Jeremiah Knowles, LMSW

This is a closed, six-session Tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG) support group specifically crafted for individuals who identify as Queer or are questioning their identity. In this safe and confidential setting, participants will engage in tabletop role-playing games to explore, express, and understand their unique identities. This group encourages self-discovery, self-acceptance, and the formation of meaningful connections with fellow adventurers on similar journeys. Join us on an exhilarating quest where both the fantastical world and your personal identity are explored, providing a nurturing space for you to embrace your true self.

Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Jacquie Compagnoni, LCSW

This is a clinical group that is designed to help students identify important information, skills, tools, and strategies for "adulting" and life after graduating from college. Leaving college and entering the “real world” can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. There are a number of things you can do while still on campus to make your transition easier.

Wednesdays, 12-1:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Rob Riechel, LMHC

Dungeons & Dialogues is a unique and inclusive group dedicated to fostering social skill development, self-exploration, self-esteem, and self-acceptance. Through the lens of Tabletop role-playing games (TTRPG), participants engage in immersive storytelling adventures that encourage meaningful conversations and personal growth. Whether you're a seasoned player or a newcomer, this supportive community provides a safe space to explore your identity, enhance your communication skills, and build confidence, all while embarking on thrilling adventures in fantastical realms.

For more information, contact our Groups Coordinator, Conner Burry, at