Group Counseling Services

Most groups, with the exception of Pathways and Academic Toolbox, are closed for Fall 2021. Students can contact the Counseling and Testing Center to explore other services and/or talk with a provider about future group participation.  

Please check back in spring for the Spring 2022 Semester Schedule. 

Fall 2021 Schedule

View Fall 2021 Group Poster here

Balancing the Academic You expanding section

Monday 1-2 PM

If you find yourself struggling with motivation, academic expectations and pressure, perfectionism, or not knowing what you want to do for a major or career, this group is for you! The group will focus on much more than just giving academic tips; we will also be uncovering hopes for college, future career, and life alongside how these goals can be achieved. Many topics will be covered such as motivation, test anxiety, time management, self-care, values, and many more! Meeting for 50 minutes once a week for a total of eight weeks, group members will be given a chance to build connection with one another and discuss group topics.

Your Trauma is Valid expanding section

Monday 2:30-3:45 PM

This group is for students who have noticed the transition to college has created bumps in their path to recovery from trauma. If your trauma response is impacting you more than usual, and you need some ideas for managing old, new, or different symptoms through life transitions, this trauma recovery refresher group is for you. Each group will provide some information about processes behind the effects of trauma, and time to cultivate awareness and develop skills for managing your symptoms in this setting.

Grief & Loss Support Group expanding section

Tuesday 2-3pm

This group is for those who have lost a family member, caregiver, or friend and are finding the grief process a struggle. During this 6-week group, members will explore the grief process and the many layers of loss, find support from other student who are navigating the grieving process, and identify coping strategies.

Student of Color Support Group expanding section

Tuesday 4-5pm

We recognize that students of color experience a variety of concerns regarding racial and social injustice, the rigors of higher education, and systemic challenges in predominantly white institutions. This processing group is for students of color to engage in discussion and connect with other peers while seeking support and community. This space hopes to cultivate a sense of safety and belonging to all members.

Expressive Arts Anxiety Group expanding section

Tuesday 4-5:15 pm

Sometimes words aren’t enough. In this effective approach to coping with anxiety, one will learn what anxiety is, how to recognize it, and use a combination of verbal and non-verbal strategies to calm the mind and body through expressive art therapy.

Art material will be provided by the Counseling and Testing Center.

Living Social expanding section

Wednesday 11-12 PM

Returning to classes, social activities, and living situations after a year or more of limited social interaction can be overwhelming. For many of us, this transition back is exacerbating anxiety that already existed in social situations.  This group is for students who want learn skills for managing and ultimately reducing their social anxiety. 

Mindful Eating expanding section

Wednesday 2-3pm

This group addresses eating patterns and body image concerns which interfere with living a valued life (e.g. restricting, bingeing, purging, over-exercising).  Group members are offered an opportunity to connect with other students and learn strategies for effective coping.

Healing and Overcoming expanding section

Wednesday 2:30-3:45 PM

This group provides a confidential and intentional space for survivors of sexual trauma to connect with other survivors and to explore helpful resources/strategies; survivors of all forms of sexual trauma are welcome. Topics commonly discussed include disclosing trauma, sexual and emotional intimacy after trauma, coping strategies, self-compassion, and feeling connected to ourselves, our bodies, and others. Contact Sam to learn more.
Graduate Student Support Group expanding section

Wednesday 4-5pm

This group aims to support graduate students as they navigate academic and personal challenges. This space offers a supportive community where students can share their experiences and concerns and possibly offer perspective to others who are also navigating related challenges. Topics that may be discussed include: strategies and resources for time and stress management, Imposter Syndrome, procrastination and perfectionism, self-care and compassion, and increasing effective communication and boundaries with others.

Coping to Calm expanding section

Thursday 12-1 PM

Learn what anxiety really is and how to recognize the relationship that anxiety has to thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Topics typically include: anxiety overview, the fear response, stress, coping strategies, social stigma, perfectionism, anxiety and the body, being present, challenging unhelpful thoughts, self-care, sleep hygiene, and people in our lives. Support one another and learn effective strategies to modify these patterns to improve functioning and move towards freedom and valued living.

Academic Toolbox expanding section

11-11:30 AM – *See schedule below for specific dates and topics!

A monthly 30-minute session focused workshop where you learn skills to improve your academic success. Students must register ahead of time.

Time Management: 9/29

Test Anxiety: 10/28

Motivation: 11/18

Test Anxiety 12/9

Pathways expanding section

Pathways

Pathways is an educational, interactive workshop meant to accelerate the change process. This 3-session workshop is structured with specific learning objectives, with each session building on material from the preceding session giving you im-mediate strategies and tools to improve your well-being. 

For more information visit our Pathways page 

Group Counseling FAQ's

How does Group Therapy work? expanding section

Group counseling brings together a small number of individuals, usually eight to 10, with one or more trained group leaders.

While participating in group therapy, people begin to see that:

  • they are not alone and
  • others share similar concerns and difficulties in life

The group is able to:

  • teach skills
  • give support
  • offer alternatives
  • gently challenge group members

Through group interactions and group feedback:

  • new insights are gained
  • alternative behaviors are explored
  • new ways of relating to others are tried

When and how often do groups meet?

Group sessions are usually 60-90 minutes and scheduled once a week at varying times, Monday through Friday.

What are the benefits of Group Therapy? expanding section

Members have opportunities to:

  • learn useful skills to address your concerns
  • share concerns and listen to each other
  • give and receive feedback
  • offer support to one another
  • express feelings
  • develop new ways of behaving
  • learn more about how they interact with others
What do I talk about in Group Therapy? expanding section

Common topics for group therapy include conversation about:

  • what brought you to the Counseling & Testing Center
  • what is bothering you
  • what your goals are
  • what you need, be it support or confrontation and
  • what you expect to gain from group therapy

Unexpressed feelings are a major reason why people experience difficulties. The most appropriate disclosures will be those that directly relate to your present difficulty. It is important that you feel comfortable with your level of self-disclosure.

Can I do both Group and Individual Therapy at the same time? expanding section

Students most often participate in either group counseling or individual counseling. You and your counselor will discuss what treatment options are most appropriate 

What are the common misperceptions about Group Therapy? expanding section
  • "I have so much trouble talking to people, I'll never be able to share in a group."

Most people are initially anxious about talking in group therapy. Almost without exception, within a few sessions new members find that the group process draws them in and they begin to share with the group in ways they never anticipated.

  • "I will be pressured to share my deepest thoughts and feelings with the group."

You control what, how much, and when you share with the group. Many group members find that when the group feels safe enough for members to share what they are most apprehensive about, the group can be very helpful and affirming. At the same time, you can also be helped by listening to others and thinking about how their experiences might apply to you. 

  • "Group therapy is second-best to individual therapy."

Group therapy is recommended by counselors when they believe it is the best way to address your concerns.  Group therapy is not used at the Counseling & Testing Center as a means of dealing with individual therapy over-flow. Rather, we recommend group therapy when we believe it is the most effective treatment method to help you. In fact, group is frequently the treatment of choice, and group is in many ways the very best of what we have to offer. 

  • "Group therapy will take longer than individual therapy because I will have to share the time with others."

Group therapy is often more efficient than individual therapy for two reasons. First, you can benefit from the group even during sessions when you say little but listen carefully to others. You will find that you have much in common with other group members, and as they work on a concern, you can learn more about yourself. Second, group members will often bring up issues that strike a chord with you, but which you might not have been aware of or brought up by yourself. Therefore, learning from others can be a powerful therapeutic experience and often enhances the work. 

  • "I will be judged, criticized, or verbally attacked by the leaders and by other group members."

It is important that group members feel safe. Group leaders are there to create a safe environment for all involved. As group members come to trust the group, they generally experience feedback and even confrontation as if it were coming from a good friend. One of the benefits of group therapy is the opportunity to receive feedback from others in a supportive environment. It is rare to find friends who will gently point out how you might be behaving in ways that hurt yourself or others, but this is precisely what group therapy can offer. This will be done in a respectful, gentle way, so that you can hear it and make use of it. 

How do I sign up for a Group? expanding section

If you are interested in signing up with group please call the Counseling and Testing Center at 608-785-8073. A pre-group meeting or Triage appointment is required before groups unless otherwise noted. 

Need More Information?

Group therapy sessions are provided through UWL’s Counseling & Testing Center.  If group therapy interests you, your first step is to schedule a pre-group meeting with one of the counselors who will lead/facilitate the group you are interested in.  This meeting is not only to meet each other but also to answer any questions you may have, and further determine if this is the best group for you.  

If you are not sure which group to join or have not been to CTC before, set up a triage appointment with any of the counselors and they will help you decide what service or group is right for you. 

Call our office at 608-785-8073 to get connected with a counselor.