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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
This group is for individuals who have experienced the death / imminent death of a loved one. It provides a combination of psychoeducation and discussion in a safe, nonjudgmental space with others who are there to listen.
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.
This group is for students who want to understand the WHY of their symptoms.
An Introduction to Group Counseling at Cook Counseling Center
Understanding Self and Others Group Counseling
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.