Group counseling is one of our primary clinical services. For many students, group therapy is the most effective and appropriate treatment option.
Group counseling is a unique opportunity available to students in need of a supportive environment. It allows students to hear multiple perspectives and receive encouragement and feedback from peers in a safe and confidential environment. These interpersonal interactions deepen self-awareness and help members learn new ways of relating to others. While some of our groups focus primarily on deepening this understanding of self and others, we also have groups that focus on specific concerns and skill development.
There is no limit to the number of group therapy sessions available to students. Getting started with group counseling begins with an initial evaluation, or intake appointment. You and your counselor will discuss if group counseling is the appropriate form of treatment. Your counselor will also provide information about our groups so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. Groups meet weekly for 60-90 minutes. There are typically 5-12 students in each group and 1-2 group leaders.
Check out our videos and the links below for more information about our group program.
This group is for students who wish to increase self-understanding, self-esteem, and intimacy in relationships, as well as addressing their interpersonal style and relationship-building skills. This is an opportunity to receive support and feedback from other students in a safe environment while developing your ability to understand and express yourself. Both undergraduate and graduate groups are available
This group is open to all students who have concerns about their substance use behaviors. Students are encouraged to set personal goals for their use based on the stages of change model.
This group is a psychoeducation group based upon Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. It teaches skills in Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
This group is structured to help those who struggle with eating issues learn effective coping skills in order to reduce suffering and improve self-acceptance and general life satisfaction.
This group is for students who wish to gain a better understanding of how depression and anxiety affects their functioning. Students will learn more about how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors intertwine and create and maintain symptoms.
This group is for students who have experienced severe mental illness and/or hospitalization. It is open to those who are interested in receiving support, feedback, and increasing their understanding of how their mental illness affects their lives and their relationships.
Members: International female students
Time: Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Language and Culture Institute (LCI)
This group is for women and provides a comfortable place for women to discuss and share their experiences of living in another country. Participants are welcome to bring their children and visitors.
This discussion group focuses on decreasing self-criticism, creating authenticity in relationships, improving self-compassion, and increasing self-acceptance.
This group is for couples who are dating, engaged or married. Strategies will be presented to strengthen relational, interpersonal and communicaton skills. Opportunity to discuss relationship issues unique to college will be provided.
This group welcomes students who identify as LGBTQ+, as well as those who are questioning their gender and/or sexual identity to connect and share their experiences.
In this group you will learn the basic tenants of mindfulness, how to implement a "here-and-now" focus to your life, and relaxation and coping strategies for dealing with stress and strong emotions.
This group focuses on the mind-body connection. Weekly themes are explored through yoga poses and group process. Students will be taught breathing and posture techniques to alleviate feelings of anxiety, depression, and general stress. The yoga portion of this group is free of any spirituality, focusing solely on the mind-body connection and increasing awareness of how stress is stored and released.
This group is for individuals who have experienced the death/imminent death of a loved one and are struggling with the loss. The group will be a combination of psychoeducation as well as discussion. Students will join together to support one another, validate one's grief, make connections with others in similar emotional places, and find comfort in a safe, nonjudgmental space where others are here to listen.
An Introduction to Group Counseling at Cook Counseling Center
Understanding Self and Others Group Counseling