Group Therapy

The University Psychological Clinic offers group therapy that provides social support and skill-based coping.

Our therapy groups are research-informed, supportive, educational, and focus on developing effective skills to manage mood and stress. We offer several therapy groups focusing on specific symptoms and areas of concern, such as social anxiety, dissertation stress, test taking anxiety, impostor syndrome, stress in caring giving, mindfulness and self-compassion, and psychological resiliency in fieldwork.

Our Approach to Groups

Groups provide a safe, structured environment to experience, learn and practice skills for effective coping. Participation is encouraged at your comfort level. Engaging with others struggling with similar concerns provides the opportunity to hear others’ perspectives. Interacting creates a support system and provides therapists an opportunity to interact and observe clients in a new setting, which contributes positively to treatment.

Registration is required for all group therapy sessions. You must register for groups one week prior to the first session. The cost is $45 per group session per week. Many insurances provide coverage for group therapy.

Groups Offered Through the Clinic

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Group

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy is an eight-week program designed to teach people how to live more mindfully, even in the face of challenges like depression and anxiety. The course teaches a blend of cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness techniques as a way to interrupt unhelpful thinking patterns and increase non-judgmental awareness of the present moment.
As a result of this course, you can expect an increase in self-compassion and less reactivity in challenging situations. Participants report feeling more connected to themselves and more satisfied in relationships with others.

Audio Files for MBCT Group

The guided meditation and progressive relaxation audio files are available for streaming or download here:

Mindfulness and Self Compassion Group

This skills-based group focuses on building group members’ capacity for being present in the moment, and taking note of experiences without criticism and judgment. Participants will learn to bring a compassionate awareness to their thoughts, feelings, and sensations — and how to observe these experiences by “stepping back.” Participants in the group can expect to engage in experiential practices, such as guided meditation, breathing training, and more. Building mindfulness skills opens up space in individuals’ lives for greater peace, centeredness, and more adaptive decision-making. This group is a good fit for people who struggle with anxiety, often focused on the future or past at the expense of living a valued present life.

Reducing Performance and Social Anxiety 

People with social anxiety often worry about appearing incompetent, weak, unintelligent, awkward, or anxious in social situations. They experience heart pounding, blushing, shaking, sweating, dry throat, or “blanking out” in these situations, and may ruminate about how they come across to others long after the event is over. These thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can lead to significant distress. This evidence-based group therapy helps participants identify and shift unhealthy thinking patterns and gradually face fears. Participants engage at their own pace in a supportive environment, building coping skills and reducing impairment. This is a good fit for those who find social anxiety negatively affects relationships, work or overall health.

Strengthening Skills: Adult ADHD Group

The overall goal with the group is to give participants skills and tools to be more confident and successful in life’s various domains. This group focuses on the cognitive and emotional nature of stress and worry as it relates to the sustained task of completing your dissertation.

This group may be a good fit for those who have been diagnosed or who suspect they have ADHD and/or who struggle with “executive” functioning like being consistent in organization, prioritizing actions, time management and time blindness, and other related challenges.

We highlight evidence-based methods and specific topics of discussion address:

  • Organization
  • Prioritization
  • Time management
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Group

This skills-based group is designed to help participants address a variety of challenges related to emotional regulation. Our experienced clinicians use evidence-based methods to help participants feel more grounded and in control of their emotions.

You will gain techniques to disrupt negative thought patterns and reach your goals. The group includes four modules:

  • Emotion Regulation
  • Mindfulness
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Distress Tolerance

This group is a good fit for those who struggle to manage their emotions, at the expense of goals and relationships.

Take the Next Step

If you are interested in one of our groups listed here or have a suggestion for a group therapy, please fill out the online registration form and/or contact us. We often schedule groups as demand calls for them.

Past groups have also explored:

  • Dissertation Stress Reduction
  • Resilience in Foreign Fieldwork
  • Test Taking Anxiety
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Couples Group
  • Relational Process Group

While we don’t have these currently scheduled, please contact us if you have an interest.

Visit our News and Events webpage to see all of our upcoming groups and events.