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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.

Getting started with group counseling begins with a Cook Connect appointment, or a conversation with your counselor.  You and the clinician 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.  

For those who wish to increase self-understanding, self-esteem, and intimacy in relationships, as well as address interpersonal style and relationship-building skills. Both undergraduate and graduate groups are available.

This group is for 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.

For those experiencing mood concerns or difficulty regulating emotions. Group based upon Dialectical Behavior Therapy which teaches skills in Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation,and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

This group is for students who have experienced severe mental illness and/or hospitalization to receive support, feedback, and understanding of how their mental illness affects their lives and their relationships.

This group teaches mindfulness practices that help manage anxiety. Each week, members practice mindfulness exercises and discuss how they are moving through their anxiety to pursue the things that matter to them.

For those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Group provides psychoeducation on the grieving process and supportivediscussion.

For those who have repetitive worries or behaviors that get in the way of their daily life. This group focuses on systematically confronting worrying thoughts or compulsive thoughts/behaviors. 

This group uses a fantasy role-playing game to help individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder develop social skills. Including perspective-taking, tolerating frustration, problem-solving, communication and collaboration.

For those struggling with negative self-talk or self-criticism. Provides space to receive support and teaches strategies to improve relationship with self and others.

For those experiencing both anxiety and depression. Teaches concrete skills to manage anxiety and depression.

For those experiencing interpersonal concerns due to difficult pastexperiences. Goal of group is to make sense of our past in real time. Previous experience in therapy is helpful.

For those with ADHD symptoms (formal diagnosis not required), who want to learn practical skills to improve their emotional, social, and academic functioning.

For students with ADHD symptoms (formal diagnosis not required) who are seeking support, connection, and a space to process experiences related to having ADHD.

For those with chronic illness/injury/pain contributing to mentalhealth concerns. Formal diagnosis not required.

For those interested in promoting healing, growth, and connectionwith others through a variety of media such as drawing, music, writing, painting, and sculpting. Group promotes our natural human capacityto create, explore, and experience personal growth.

We do not produce a “product”, rather, are focused on process.

For those experiencing concerns with familial and romantic relationships. Goals include exploring healthy communication styles and boundaries, sharing painful emotions as part of the healing process, exploring how family dynamic impacts life, and making choices the most benefit you as a whole person.

For those who have chronic depression and/or anxiety to learn alternative approaches to self-care involving a holistic approach and including methods such as journaling prompts, mindfulness techniques, and intuitive arts/activities.

For those seeking an introspective approach to coping with racism. Participants engage in dialogue of various topics surrounding race and race relations. Group will become more aware of the consequences in the United States, as well as learn strategies to recover while living in a racist society. This group is open to ALL students, white and students of color.

For female identified survivors of sexual abuse/trauma. 

Learn how to elevate your self-care practices through intuitive experiential tools.  We will engage in inspired methods to reach a greater sense of empowerment and cognizance in our lives.

An Introduction to Group Counseling at Cook Counseling Center

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Understanding Self and Others Group Counseling

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Counseling groups require a referral. Ask your Cook Connect clinician or your individual clinician for more information.

Unlike our counseling groups which require a referral by a Cook counselor, workshops and support groups are open to all enrolled students. Click above to explore further.