Group Therapy

 Summer 2021 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.

Special Topic Groups:

Wednesdays • 2:30–4:00 p.m.
June 16, June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21 

Tuesdays • 2:30–4:00 p.m.
June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29 
July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27 

Tuesdays • 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 27

Thursdays • 2:30–4:00 p.m.
June 10, June 17, June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29

Interpersonal Process Groups:

Fridays • 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Runs June 3 through August 6 

Tuesdays • 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Runs May 25 through August 3

Thursdays • 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Runs June 10 through August 5


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