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About Group Counseling

The UCC provides several options including support groups, group therapy, and workshops. Unlike individual counseling at the UCC, there is no limit to the number of times you can come to group.  These resources are ideal because they are free and because you can use them over the phone, with your computer, or through text. Moreover, these services were developed and are provided by highly trained and compassionate therapists.

Types of Group Counseling

Support groups

Support groups provide an atmosphere conducive to sharing your concerns with others whose lives are impacted by similar issues. The focus is on providing a space for validation, encouragement, and mutual understanding. Support groups do not emphasize dynamics occurring between members, nor do they emphasize change. 

LGBTQIA+ Support Group

Thursdays from 12:00-1:00pm

Support group for all queer identifying individuals to build community and support.  During group we will share experiences of what it is like being queer on our campus, seek tools to navigate unique situations and find support from others.

Building a Community of Women in STEM

This group is not currently meeting.

A space where women & femme-identified students in STEM fields can connect and talk abou tthemes related to their experiences.

Healing Helpers Support Group

Mondays from 5:30- 6:30pm

This group discusses stress, compassion fatigue and some of the experiences that go along with being a in a helping roIe. The group builds a community of support for students navigating helping others.

Faith + Doubt

Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00pm

Provides support to those who are exploring and/or questioning their spiritual/religious/philosophical take on life.

Beyond Binaries

Thursdays from 2:30-4:00pm

A weekly support group for transgender, nonbinary and gender non-conforming folx.

Chai & Chat

Thursdays from 4:00-5:00pm. 

A support group to provide a safe space for international students to share their experiences and discuss difficulty, challenges and amusement.

Only offered to international students.

Let's TOC about it: Transfer of Care Support Group

This group meets once a month on the first Thursday of the month from 4:00-5:00pm

Providing the same information that happens in 1:1 case management can happen in group setting- talking about campus resources, community resources, and how to navigate those resources; helping students to find ways to access these resources

"Let's Talk": Drop-in Support Group

Fridays from 12:00-1:00pm

A space where students can drop- in for as needed support around social, academic, and life stress, and to learn about other supportive resources available to promote mental and emotional health and overall wellbeing.

* This group meets on Zoom. Registrants will receive a zoom link reminder each Friday after they register.

Men of Color Support Group

Fridays from 12:00-1:15pm

A space for men of color that feel isolated, disconnect to the university, are questioning academic abilities, and have difficutly expressing or showing emotions. 

*This is an in- person group. Register for more information.

All the Feels: BIPOC Student Support Group

Fridays from 1:00-2:30pm

A group for all gender BIPOC students to drop- in and foster community and gain support from other BIPOC students.

*This group meets in-person in the Utinity Lounge (Union Rm. 293)

Healing Connections 

Tuesdays 3:00-4:30pm

This is a group for students who mourn the death of a loved one. It provides a safe space and a supportive community where participants can express and process grief reactions, and examine how the loss changes them and their life.


learn more and register For a support group

Therapy, psychoeducational and interpersonal process groups

These types of groups go beyond providing a space for sharing feedback and support. They allow participants to gain multiple perspectives, practice skills, try out new behaviors, and learn how to have more satisfying relationships. Interpersonal dynamics occurring between members may be emphasized, often leading to enhanced personal growth.

Family Dynamics

Mondays from 10:00-11:30am

The group provides a space to process the impacts that family have on mental health as well as provides tools that interact relationally in ways that align with members' values.

Graduate Student Self-Compassion Group

Mondays from 1:30-3:00pm

Self- compassion & meaningful connection with other graduate students experiencing imposterism or lack of belonging. Students also discuss themes of loneliness and isolation in their programs and from others given their program demands.

Loneliness and Connection

Mondays from 3:00-4:30pm

An interpersonal process group where members explore concerns, clarify values & consider cultural factors in deepening interpersonal connection.

This group meets in- person

Wise Tides: Men's/ Masc. Self-Compassion

Mondays from 3:00-4:30pm

Men jointly explore masculinity & vulnerability through mindfulness & compassion instead of self- criticism, guilt, & shame. Members can process difficulties and strengths as they pertain to their lives.

This group meets in- person

Reclaiming our Voices 

Wednesdays from 2:00-3:30pm 

This is a 9- week closed group for female identified people who are survivors of interpersonal violence. This is a structured group providing psychoeducation on trauma and trauma responses, managing symptoms, and processing socialization and narrative sharing. 

This group meets in- person

Women & Femme Self-Compassion

Wednesdays from 2:00-3:30pm

Nurture your self- compassion through mindfulness, self-exploration, and fostering community with other women and femmes. This group explores self- critical thinking, self- esteem, sociocultural identities and socialized expectations and norms.

This group meets in- person


Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30pm

Embody is a semester-long group for women and femmes who want to create a more peaceful and affirming relationship with their bodies. The group is feminist-oriented and trauma-informed. 

This group meets in- person 

Surviving and Succeeding in Grad School (All gender)

Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30pm

Participants from various disciplines provide social & emotional support for achievement of personal & academic goals. 

International Graduate Student Group

Wednesdays from 5:00-6:30pm

Participants provide social and emotional support for personal and academic success, acknowledging the unique challenges of being an International graduate student.

Striving and Thriving in Grad School (Women/ Femme)

Thursdays from 10:00-11:30am

Participants from various disciplines provide social & emotional support for achievement of personal & academic goals. 

This group meets in- person

Skills Group

Thursdays from 3:00-4:30pm

Learn and practice coping skills for both short- term crisis and longterm growth, using practical strategies to improve well- being and relationships. Members must be in individual counseling.

Understanding and Connecting with Self and Others

Thursdays from 1:00-2:30pm

Cultivate more satisfying relationships by paying attention to relational patterns and cultural context.

Don't Panic: Anxiety Skills Group  

Fridays 12-1:30pm

A psychoeducational and skills group for those suffering from panic attacks. Clients will learn about anxiety and panic and learn to change anxious thinking and face their fears. Members can also attend individual counseling while participating in the group.

* This group is in-person and is expected to run from 2/12- 4/14


Tuesdays 10:00-11:30am

This group is group is designed to empower participants through their  values by helping them define and understand their most true self and gain the courage to begin writing their own story by exploring themes of authenticity with self and others. The group is ideal for those growing through identity exploration, building self- confidence, or navigating a major life transition.  

This group meets in- person

Breaking Forward  

Fridays 12-1:30pm

An interpersonal process group to discuss moving forward after a significant breakup or end of a relationship. 

This group meets in- person

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Additional Resources

If you have a smartphone, there are also various apps you can install.  You can also connect with a Crisis Counselor at any time to receive free 24/7 support: Text HOME to 741741 (US and Canada)



For general questions about group services, please contact Gretchen Anstadt using the button below or by phone at 801-581-6826.

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Last Updated: 1/25/23