About Group Therapy

Creating Healthy Relationships

In these therapy groups, members will gain a deeper awareness of both themselves and their interaction with others. Group members are encouraged to give and receive honest and gentle feedback and to practice new, healthier ways of relating to others. groups are ideal for individuals who wish to gain insight into patterns within their relationships and want to learn how to cultivate more intimate, satisfying, and nourishing relationships.  

We have five offerings of this group:

Day/Time: Mondays 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Leaders: Ron Miyaguchi and Toni Forbes

Day/Time: Mondays 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Leader: Asha Stephen

Day/Time: Tuesdays 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Leaders: Katherine Cascio and Chris Michaels

Day/Time: Wednesdays 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Leader: Christy Henrichs-Beck

Day/Time: Thursdays 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Leader: Dave Brule and Elom Amuzu

Mood and Personality

Coping with Anxiety
Leader: Mark Evans
Day/Time: Mondays 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Begins Week 3 or 4.
The workshop will be a skill based group that will focus on helping students develop strategies for overcoming anxiety symptoms and related problems such as excessive worry, feeling overwhelmed, insomnia, perfectionism, and excessive self-criticism. Members will be exposed to imagery and relaxation practices, CBT, and meditation, among other strategies. Each session will build on the previous one, so a five week commitment to attend the series is expected. If interested in attending the five week group, please email Mark Evans.

DBT/Coping Skills
Leader: Susie Musch and Elom Amuzu
Day/Time: Mondays 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
This is a semi-structured group for individuals who have difficulty managing their emotions and experience extreme mood swings. For instance, individuals who have experienced trauma, childhood abuse or individuals who have Borderline Personality Disorder might react more intensely to certain emotional situations. In this group, members will use Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to learn how to identify thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions that significantly impact their emotions. Members will learn to identify their strengths, and will practice skills such as self-soothing, new ways of interacting with and trusting others. Group members will also focus on enhancing self-respect and self-image.

Grief: Living With Loss
Leaders: Jingqing Liu
Day/Time: TBD
This group will provide a safe, supportive environment for students who have experienced the death of a loved one such as parents, family members, friends, or partners. The group will provide students with the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings about their grief as well as learn ways to gain support and cope with their loss.

Depression Management Group
Leaders: Chris Smith
Day/Time: Thursdays 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
This workshop will be focused on helping students understand more about depression including how to recognize symptoms within themselves. Students will also have the opportunity to learn various strategies to help manage excessive thoughts, low mood, and sleep difficulties. Members will discover how to stop identifying with depression and reengage with pleasurable and fulfilling activities. Each session builds off the previous, so a commitment to attend all sessions in the series will ensure members get the most out of group. If interested in attending this five week group, please email Chris Smith.

Support Groups, Specific Populations, & Others

LGBTQ & Questioning Support Group
Leader: Kendall Thornton and Angela Enno
Day/Time: Fridays 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
This group welcomes undergraduate and graduate students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, and/or Genderqueer, as well as those who are currently questioning their gender and/or sexual identity. The purpose of this group is to provide a safe and affirming space where students can connect and share openly about their feelings and experiences. Topics for discussion may include gender and sexual identity, coming out, relationships, family issues, academic stress, etc.

#BlackAtUO: African-American/Black Student Group
Leader: Nikki Chery and Courtney Payne
Day/Time: Mondays 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Location: Black Student Union (EMU)
This group is a space for students who self-identify as Black/African-American to come together in community. A space where students can connect with one another and recognize our challenges and strengths. Potential topics include discrimination, campus climate, self-preservation in times of racial stress and culturally-relevant radical self-care. We aim to reject problematic narratives and co-create meaning and support while acknowledging the shared and unique experiences of members of this community on campus. This group is drop-in!

DACA Support Group
Leader: Mariko Lin
Day/Time: TBD
This support group is a safe, affirming, and confidential space for our undocumented students to connect and share their feelings and experiences given the current political climate. While building a community of support with other undocumented students, we also hope for students to gain ways of coping and connecting them with additional campus resources. For more details about day/time/location, contact Mariko Lin.

Away From Home, But Not Alone
Leader: Xiaoxia Song
Day/Time: Thursdays 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Feeling homesick or lonely? Having a difficult time making friends? Feeling overwhelmed by classes, or wondering whether you made the right choice? Think you’re the only one? This group is a safe space within which students can share stories, get support, and discuss ways to cope with the adjustment to college.