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 2022 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.

Toni Gauthier, LCSW-R and Jaime Castillo, PhD, LMHC
Fridays, 1-2:30 p.m.

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.

Toni Gauthier, LCSW and graduate trainee
Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m.
Dates in Spring based on referrals, TBA

This support group can help make sense of loss and provide practical tools for coping.  Whether your loss happened recently or years ago, please join us.  This semi-structured group offers information on the grief process and emphasizes the unique nature of students’ grief experiences.  The group leader incorporates art projects to help with emotional expression.

Susan Chapel, LMHC and graduate trainee
Fridays, 12-1:30 p.m.

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.

Session 1:
Grace Wein
stein LCSW she/her/hers, and graduate trainee
Online via Zoom
Mondays, 3-4:30 p.m.

Session 2: 
Doug Newcomb LCSW-R, CASAC, MPA, and graduate trainee 
Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m.

Douglas Newcomb LCSW-R, CASAC, MPA, and trainee
In-person at Counseling and Psychological Services
Wednesdays, 2-3:30 p.m.

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 report feeling less alone in their struggles, understanding themselves better, and growing in their relationships.

For more information, contact our groups coordinator, David Reetz, at