Group Therapy

Fall 2022 Group Therapy

Group options at MHS (Mental Health Service) range from interpersonal therapy groups to semi-structured groups on specific topics. Individuals interested in participating in group therapy can (1) request a group therapy referral during an Initial Consultation appointment, or (2) discuss options with their current MHS therapist.

Please note: Some offerings are (in-person) while others will be (virtual).

Special Topic Groups:

Tuesdays • 3:00–4:30 p.m. | Dates: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15 & 11/22 

This group will provide a safe environment to process challenges that are unique to men such as: relationship, family, grief, emotional stress, career choices, anxieties, loneliness etc. This group will also provide an opportunity for self-development and personal growth. Members will be able to learn from each other's experiences and receive feedback.

Wednesdays • 2:30–4:00 p.m. | Dates: 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26 & 11/2

This group is designed to practice showing understanding and compassion toward ourselves when we are struggling. The goal of SCG is to teach you how to be caring and gentle to yourself, with the hope of recognizing that being imperfect is a part of being human. The group is designed to assist you in using compassion to embrace your true authentic self.

Fridays • 2:30–4:00 p.m. | Dates: 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/21, 10/28, 11/11 & 11/18

Thursdays • 3:30–4:30 p.m. | See session dates below. 

Session 1: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22
Session 2: 10/6, 10/20, 10/27
Session 3: 11/3, 11/10, 11/17

This is a 3 session Seminar series; you can choose to attend only one, a few, or all of the series. We will discuss practical skills for handling stress, anxiety and depressed moods in everyday life. If you learn to pay attention to what emotions are telling you and practice helpful ways to respond to intense or uncomfortable emotions, you will be better prepared to navigate the ups and downs of life. This is emotional wisdom.

Tuesdays • 3:00–4:00 p.m. | Dates: 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1 & 11/8

This psychoeducation series will provide students the opportunity to learn and practice skills for effective mood management. Sessions will be hosted in-person in MHS (second floor of the Student Health Center). Students can attend all sessions, or simply the topics of interest to them. 

Tuesdays • 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Dates: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25

Tuesdays • 1:30-2:30 p.m. | Dates: 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 10/4, 10/11, 10/25

Interpersonal Process Groups:

Mondays • 3-4:30 p.m. | Dates: 10/03, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/07, 11/14 & 11/28  

This group provides a space to process the unique challenges faced by graduate students. Members will learn from one another’s experiences as students and provide support to one another. Graduate students of all disciplines are welcome.

Thursdays • 2:00–3:30 p.m. | Dates:9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17 & 12/1 

This group is structured as an interpersonal process and support group for women who identify as cisgender women of color. It will provide a space for students to voice their experiences, explore their identities, and empower students to make positive lifestyle changes.


Group counseling offers a safe environment in which to give and receive support, 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.

Group therapy can help…

  • Enhance social skills and intimacy
  • Improve confidence navigating difficult relationships
  • Decrease loneliness and isolation
  • Learn to deal with losses more effectively
  • Diminish feelings of helplessness
  • Build self-esteem and mastery
  • Resolve feelings of shame
  • Confront and change problematic behavior
  • Instill hope

Most therapy groups consist of 5-10 members and run for 90 minutes once per week. Seminars, which incorporate education and skill building, may be somewhat larger. Students have the opportunity to meet with the facilitator(s) in advance to discuss their interest in therapy groups, while seminars can be attended on a drop-in basis. Most students participating in group therapy feel apprehension at the start but find the experience to highly beneficial and positive.

Be Yourself. Start from where you are, not from how you think others want you to be. This might mean asking questions, expressing anger, or communicating confusion or hopelessness. Change begins with whatever you feel free to disclose.

Give and Receive Feedback. The purpose of feedback is to help others identify patterns, personal presentations, unrecognized attitudes, and inconsistencies. Feedback delivered in a respectful, caring manner can be one of the most effective ways to deepen any relationship.

Take Risks. Experiment with different ways of behaving and expressing yourself. By taking risks, you can discover what works for you and what does not. This may mean expressing difficult feelings, asserting disagreement, or sharing information you usually keep secret.

Focus on What is Important to You. Through talking about your concerns, the group will help you recognize patterns. Aim for dialogue that fosters an understanding of your experiences (i.e., main ideas, thoughts and feelings).

Be Patient with Yourself. Growth takes time, effort and patience. Changing what has become an integral part of ourselves can be difficult and slow. By having patience with ourselves and understanding roadblocks, we set the foundation for growth and change.

Give the Group Time to Develop. It can take a number of sessions before group members begin to have sufficient trust and security to be open and honest. Make a commitment to attend so that you can benefit more from the group experience.

Adapted from Counseling & Testing Center - University of Oregon