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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. 

All the Feels: BIPOC Student Support Group

Thursdays from 12-1pm

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 Union (Rm. 293)

Beyond Binaries

Thursdays from 2:30-4pm

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

Building a Community of Women in STEM


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

Chai & Chat


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.

Chronic Illness

Thursdays from 4-5:30pm (virtual)

Provides support to those experiencing chronic or long-term illnesses.

Faith + Doubt

Tuesdays from 3-4:30pm (virtual)

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

Healing Connections 

Tuesdays 3-4:30pm (virtual)

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.

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

Fridays from 12-1pm (virtual)

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.

Men of Color Support Group

Fridays from 12-1pm

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.

New to the U

Mondays from 4:30-5:30pm

A support group for new students to the university.

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.

Graduate Student Self-Compassion Group

Mondays from 1-2:30pm

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.

This group meets in-person

Loneliness and Connection

Mondays from 3-4:30pm

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

This group meets in-person

Men's/ Masc. Self-Compassion

Mondays from 3-4:30pm

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.

Reclaiming our Voices 

Wednesdays from 2-3:30pm

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. Offered during fall and spring semester.

This group meets in-person

Women & Femme Self-Compassion

Wednesdays from 2-3:30pm

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 3-4:30pm

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 3-4:30pm

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

Striving and Thriving in Grad School (Women/ Femme)

Thursdays from 10-11:30am

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

This group meets in-person

Skills Group

Thursdays from 2-3:30pm (virtual)

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.


Tuesdays 10-11:30am

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 12-1:15pm

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

This group meets in-person

Schedule your intake


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 Claudia Navarro by phone at 801-581-6826 or

send an email

Last Updated: 4/19/23