Office of Student Life

Counseling and Consultation Service

Interpersonal Groups

ABD Group
Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

This group provides a supportive space for doctoral students and focuses on personal issues that may surface while working on dissertation. Common themes may include: academics and work/life balance, advisor concerns, family, interpersonal relationships and personal/social conflicts. The goal of this psychotherapy group is to help support students to navigate multiple challenges that impede their progress towards completion and graduation and to optimize personal and academic success by building support and connection with others. Group members need to have successfully passed their candidacy to participate in this group. 

Graduate Student Group
Fridays, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

The Graduate Student groups meet to discuss issues that affect graduate students' emotional well-being. The focus of the group is to promote a wellness perspective in all areas of graduate life. Areas of focus include relationships, academics, family, social and personal conflicts and strengths. The goal of the group is to optimize personal and academic success by promoting self-awareness and connection to others.

Memory Circle: Healing after Losing a Loved One
Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

The loss of a loved one can be very isolating and difficult to express. It can sometimes feel like others won’t understand, especially if they never knew that person you lost. This group looks to provide a space for individuals to reflect on their experience, discover paths of healing in their journey, and find a sense of understanding and connection with others who have also felt the pain left behind after losing a loved one. This connection with others is a powerful experience that can be crucial to the healing process. Strategies for understanding and healing from loss will also be taught, and group members will have the opportunity to speak with others about their journey.

Reclaiming Self
Fridays, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

This is a group for female-identifying students who have experienced a form of sexual trauma or violence (sexual violence can include harassment, assault, toxic relationship dynamics, non-consensual sexual contact, stalking, childhood abuse, and more). Members of this group can expect some initial discussions on trauma-informed coping and understanding of trauma responses before transitioning into a process-oriented space in which members will be encouraged to support one another as concerns and narratives are shared within the group. Some topics of discussion will likely include (but are flexible and dependent on member's needs): boundary-setting, healthy relationship dynamics, red/orange/green flags, self-compassion, shame, and vulnerability. Our goal is to work together to take back our power and reclaim the best versions of ourselves that is often stifled after experiencing a trauma. Ask for a referral from your triage clinician or individual therapist if you are interested. Please note that a brief (15-20 minute), virtual meeting 1:1 with the group facilitator(s) is required prior to the group start date to assess group goals.                                                                                                                                                    

Understanding Self and Others
Mondays, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

The student group provides a safe and supportive environment that will allow you to practice new ways of relating to others, gain a better understanding of yourself, share personal experiences, express fears or worries and receive support and feedback.