Group Counseling

Group counseling offers a safe environment in which to give and receive support regarding specific issues, explore healthy behaviors, and develop new ways of coping. It allows an opportunity to learn more about oneself and others in a climate of trust and mutual support.

Mental Health Service (MHS) offers a variety of groups each semester – some currently offered groups are described below. Like individual counseling, group counseling at MHS is confidential; information disclosed to other members is not discussed outside the group.

For more information, call 225-578-8774 or stop by MHS, located on the second floor of the Student Health Center.

Emotional Wisdom Seminars

Come learn and practice skills for effective management of anxious and depressed moods! This series meets Wednesdays in Mental Health Service at 3pm. You do not have to pre-register and can attend as many seminars as you like.

Spring 2018 Schedule
Wednesdays  I  3:00pm - 4:15pm  I  Room 296, SHC
Jan 24 Active Coping: Breathe Your Way to Calm
Jan 31 Cognitive Toolkit for Reducing Negative Moods
Feb 7 Mindfulness in Practice
Feb 21 Mastering Social Anxiety
Feb 28 Cultivating Self-Care: Body Positive Thinking
Mar 7 When Anxiety and Depression Converge
Mar 14 Active Coping: Breathe Your Way to Calm
Mar 21
Cognitive Toolkit for Reducing Negative Moods 
Apr 4 Cultivating Self-Care: The Power of Social Connection
Apr 11 When Panic Attacks 
Apr 18 Wise Mind I: Habits of a Healthy Mind
Apr 25 Wise Mind II: Finding Balance


#RelationshipGoals: Building and Maintaining Healthy Connections

Learn ways to improve your current relationships, prepare for future ones, and handle the hardships that may come. Interested students are encouraged to join the group each week or drop in for a topic of interest. 
Relationship Skills Seminars 
Thursdays  I  3:30pm - 4:45pm  I  Room 250, SHC
March 8 Let's Talk: Communication in Relationships
March 15 Fighting Fair: What to Do When We Disagree
March 22 Letting Go: Breakups and Grief in Relationships
Women's Development Seminars
Thursdays  I  3:30pm - 4:45pm  I  Room 250, SHC
April 5                Mothers and Daughters
April 12         Women's Scripts
April 19        Woman and Self: Women’s Self-esteem and Empowerment


Men's Development Seminars
Wednesdays  I  3:00pm - 4:15pm  I  Room 250, SHC
March 14 Men and Women: How to Relate
March 21 Men and Women: Creating the Balance of Power
April 5 Men and Men: How Men Relate to Each Other
April 11 Man and Self: Men’s Development of Self-Eesteem/Identity

Students can attend Emotional Wisdom and #RelationshipGoals seminars without a referral. Please inquire at Mental Health Service about all other groups.


Additional groups are available to students each semester on specific topics relevant to the campus community.

A variety of interpersonal therapy groups are available each semester. You may select an undergraduate or graduate-student-based interpersonal group. These groups allow individuals to grow in awareness of both self and others through the practice and experience of relating effectively with the group in a supportive and safe environment. Typical concerns appropriate to the group therapy setting include relationships, self-growth, communication, and assertiveness. Individuals interested in participating in group therapy should discuss options during their initial clinical consultation appointment or with their current therapist.

For female graduate students interested in personal self-growth and increasing feelings of self-esteem and well-being. This group addresses issues frequently encountered by women in graduate school, including, but not limited to, personal assertiveness, body image, relationships, family, academic pressures, and stress management. Group openings may be limited.

For male students interested in exploring their inner-self, being able to freely express their emotions, and relating with other males in a healthy way.

For doctoral level students currently working toward completion of their dissertation. This group provides support, offers additional accountability and structure, teaches ways to effectively manage anxiety/stress, and helps to increase personal motivation. Participation in a support group is an excellent way of learning from others who are taking part in the same academic journey.

This 3 - session workshop teaches effective therapeutic strategies for coping with traumatic stress. Students experiencing distressing symptoms such as nightmares, hypervigilance, panic, or feelings of disconnection/avoidance will practice skills for cultivating a greater sense of safety, reconnection, and emotional balance. Student can self-refer for this skills workshop.

For undergraduate and graduate students interested in building social comfort and skills in an 8-session (once per week), structured group. Appropriate members are open and willing to engage in structured activities and homework. This group will provide a safe space to help members be able to tolerate conflict, be less self-critical, develop more comfort in social situations, and deepen emotional connection with others.

For students seeking to reduce emotional distress, increase self-compassion, and improve their sense of well-being and connectedness. This 8-session (once per week) group guides students through an experiential learning process focused on applying mindfulness principles and meditation practice in daily life. No previous meditation experience necessary. 

This psychoeducational/process group is designed to bring understanding and compassion toward ourselves when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. Students learn how to ge caring and gentle with themselves in times of great difficulty, with the hope of recognizing that being imperfect and experiencing difficulties in life are inevitable.