Group Counseling

Through weekly discussions, group counseling provides a safe space to focus on how problems in your life influence day-to-day activities and relationships. Groups allow you to both give and receive feedback from others who are experiencing similar issues. Groups are led by a clinical staff member and typically have 5-8 members.

To join a group, a few steps are needed.  If you are new to our office, you'll need to start with a Let's Hoot Initial Consultation. Once you have had your initial consultation, potential group members will be scheduled to briefly meet with the group leader to determine if the group is a best fit for the student's needs.  

If you are a continuing client of CPS, talk to your counselor on your next appointment about joining a group.

Virtual Group Sessions for Spring 2021

All Spring 2021 groups will be conducted virtually using Microsoft Teams.  

  • Do you want to learn more about yourself and improve your ability to form and maintain relationships? Common themes discussed include setting boundaries, communicating needs, and improving relationships with family, friends, or partners. In addition to improved interpersonal relationships, people who participate in this group frequently report improved mood, increased self-esteem, decreased anxiety, and overall improved higher quality of life. 

    Tuesdays   3:00pm - 4:15pm
    Wednesdays   2:00pm - 3:15pm
    Fridays   2:00pm - 3:15pm
  • Do you often feel judged? Are you nervous in social situations like attending class and eating in the commons? These are common feelings here at KSU. This group will let you work with others and learn how to share your experiences in a nonjudgmental environment. You know the “real” you and we want to help show that to others! 

    Wednesdays 2:30pm - 3:30pm

  • Group members will learn mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance skills. This DBT Skills Group is structured to teach healthy coping skills to students struggling with emotions, relationships, and/or impulsivity. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based practice that has been proven effective in reducing emotional distress and suffering.  

    Wednesdays 1:30pm-2:45pm
    Thursdays  2:00pm-3:00pm
  • The Anxiety Toolbox is specifically designed to help those who struggle with any anxiety-related concerns (for example: panic attacks, Generalized Anxiety, test-related anxiety). The goal of this group is to provide education on anxiety itself and to disseminate a variety of skills for understanding and managing anxiety symptoms.  

    Wednesdays 2:00pm - 3:00pm       

  • Many students struggle to stay motivated during the semester. This group will focus on goal setting, peer support and educational topics to improve motivation. The primary goals of the group are to enhance understanding of motivation and develop behaviors that increase achievement both academically and personally. 

    Tuesdays  2:00pm-3:00pm

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a relatively new, widely studied form of therapy which helps you relate differently to your anxious feelings, depressed moods, worrying mind, self-defeating behaviors, and/or anything else that causes you problems.  The aim of ACT is to limit the ways these run your life, so you can pursue a full and meaningful life.  

    Fridays   2:00pm - 3:15pm

  • Is this your first year in college? Did you struggle with your first year and worried this year will be the same? In this group, you will learn how to manage difficulties with stress, time management, organization, and other concerns about surviving your first year and the semesters that follow. This will be a place for you to connect with other students, learn some of the resources available to you on-campus, and develop the tools you need to be a successful college student. 

    Tuesdays  2:00pm - 3:15pm

  • Mindful Meditation is a four session weekly structured group in which students will learn about mindfulness and have opportunities within the group to practice the skills. This group is an introduction to meditation, including relaxation and visualization practices for reducing stress, improving concentration, and increasing self-acceptance.

    Fridays  2:30pm - 3:30pm

  • Are you ready to live your life with your whole heart and be all in? Join me in a 6-week group discovering how to cultivate wholeheartedness using Dr. Brené Brown’s 10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living from her book “The Gifts of Imperfection.” We will use dialogue, creative expression, podcasts, and video clips to explore our stories. This group invites you to cultivate courage, connection, and compassion. 

    Tuesdays 2:00pm - 3:15pm

  • Taking Pride in who you are! This ongoing weekly process group is open to LGBTIQ and Sexual or Gender Identity Questioning students. It provides a safe open space to share, discuss, support, and learn from one another. Frequent topics include coming out, family conflict, religious conflict, dating and finding community.

    Tuesdays  2:00pm - 3:15pm  

  • An empowering and supportive group for Black female-identified students. The weekly group seeks to provide a safe space in which students can explore issues such as anxiety/stress, depression, relationships, and other mental health concerns. The goal is to enhance self-care, foster empowerment, and learn ways to navigate invisibility. 

    Thursdays  3:00pm - 4:15pm

  • SPECTRUM is a support group for students who are on the Autism Spectrum and students who identify as neurodiverse. The group fosters opportunities for peer engagement, identity-development, and skill-building (i.e. social, academic and life skills) while navigating college. 

    Wednesdays  3:30pm - 4:30pm
    Fridays  2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • A 12-week psychoeducational and experiential group for survivors of physical and emotional trauma. It will focus on helping participants create stability and safety by discussing common reactions to trauma and learning effective coping techniques. Expressive arts, meditation, and relaxation strategies will also be utilized. 

    Tuesdays   3:00pm - 4:15pm

  • This is a 12-week psychoeducational group for students with PTSD and survivors of trauma. It will focus on the negative thoughts and beliefs associated with traumatic experiences and will help participants develop a new perspective on their sense of safety, trust, power, and control in their world along with building their self-esteem and improving their relationships with themselves and others. There will be weekly homework to help students develop the skills they need to move through the trauma.

    Wednesdays  3:00pm-4:15pm

  • 2020 has challenged our vision on how we experience inclusivity and acceptance….or a lack thereof. The benefit of this group is to provide a safe space for its members to be able to express a range of racially charged experiences that have caused traumatic stress resulting in anxiety, depression, anger, low self-esteem etc. This is a process group that welcomes individuals of all racial/ethnic identities that are in need healing from racialized trauma.

    Wednesdays  2:00pm - 3:15pm

  • This is a group for students who have lost a loved one or a significant person and provides a safe and confidential setting for them to process their grief and the impact the loss has on other aspects of their lives. The sharing of grief with others can help with the process of healing from the pain of losing a loved one or a significant person.  

    Thursdays 3:30pm - 4:45pm