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Group Therapy and Support Groups

College students often face overwhelming emotions, difficult relationships and adjustments, and academic problems for which a group may be the best support option – often being more beneficial than one-on-one counseling. Groups offer a unique setting in which peer interactions facilitate self-improvement and the alleviation of suffering. Participants often feel less alone in their struggles, with the group providing a sense of community.


Benefits of Group Counseling

  • Connect with others who are experiencing similar emotions. You are not alone!
  • Learn from others who have similar problems.
  • Become more aware of yourself through genuine feedback from others.
  • Pick up new interpersonal skills that you can use in your daily life.
  • Gain multiple perspectives on your concerns from different group members.

What Types of Groups are Available?

The Student Counseling Center offers three different types of group therapy services.

Skills-Based Groups

Skills-Based Groups are therapist-led and focus on psychoeducation and teaching tools for symptom management and fostering change.

You do have to be a client of the Student Counseling Center to participate in a skills-based group. These groups focus on teaching group members the skills needed to foster change and see improvement of symptoms. These groups are therapist-led and facilitated, and require a weekly commitment to the group for a set period of time.


Dialectal Behavioral Therapy Skills 

  • Tuesdays 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in person

  • Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. in person


Mindfulness Group

  • Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in person

Interpersonal Process Groups

Interpersonal Process Groups are therapist-led and focus on helping group members examine and process their current concerns in a therapeutic group setting.

All groups tend to be small, averaging no more than 8-10 people per group. Groups offered vary from semester to semester and availability changes from week to week.

You do have to be a client of the Student Counseling Center to participate in an interpersonal process group. These groups focus on allowing students to practice new ways of relating and interacting with others, cultivate a better understanding and acceptance of themselves, and receive support and feedback from others. These groups are therapist-led and facilitated, and require a weekly commitment to the group for a set period of time.

If you are interested in joining one of the Interpersonal Process Groups, your first step is to complete a Brief Assessment appointment at the Student Counseling Center.

Please call the Student Counseling Center at 865-974-2196 for next available Brief Assessment appointments.


Undergraduate Student Group

  • Meets Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., in-person
  • Meets Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., in-person

Graduate Student Group

  • Meets Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., in-person
  • Meets Thursdays 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Zoom

Men’s IP Group

  • Meets Wednesdays 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., in-person

Women’s IP Group

  • Meets Thursdays 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., in-person

Queer IP Group

  • Meets Thursdays 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., in-person

Grief IP Group

  • Meets Thursdays 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., in-person

BIPOC Group

  • Meets Tuesdays 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., in-person

Workshops

This is a 3-part workshop series that will discuss ways to engage in healthier stress management techniques, coping skills, time management for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Meets on Fridays, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Session 1: February 16, February 23, March 1

Session 2: March 22, April 5, April 12

Session 3: April 19, April 26, May 3


If you are in urgent need or are in a mental health crisis, please call 865-974-2196 or walk into the Student Counseling Center M-F 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. If after business hours, then call 865-974-2196 and press option 2 to speak to a crisis counselor.