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 Summer 2021

All Summer 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. 

    Wednesdays   2:00pm - 3:15pm
  • 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 academically 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 academic achievement.

    Tuesdays  2:00pm-2:50pm

  • COVID has affected our mental health in many ways.  Some students are feeling more isolated, depressed, and anxious due to the strain of being in a pandemic.  This group will explore how to manage the losses, anxieties, and unknowns from the past year and moving forward into the next school year.   Students who attend this group are likely to feel less isolated, more empowered, and less anxious in their daily lives. 

    Tuesdays  3:00pm-4:15pm

  • 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

  • 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.

    Fridays 2:00pm-3:00pm

  • 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.

    Tuesdays 2:00pm-3:00pm
  • This 6-week group is intended to assist an individual in healing, emotional growth and transformation through an array of art forms. Open forum to express emotions and share your experience of your creation. No art experience is needed and/or required. Art supplies will be provided. 

    Wednesdays  1:30pm-2:45pm

  • 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.

    Wednesdays 3:00pm-4:15pm 

  • Do you experience culture related stress? Whether you are an immigrant or international student, managing differences in cultural beliefs and practices can be challenging. This group can help you explore cultural differences that may be impacting various areas of your life. We aim to help students understand and manage isolation, share experiences with others, and navigate adjustment concerns.

    Wednesdays  2:00pm-3:00pm