Group Therapy Services

Important Update

MHS remains committed to supporting students’ mental health and wellbeing. In conjunction with Washington University’s guidance on social distancing, all MHS groups and workshops will meet virtually via Zoom. See below for more information on the group offerings for Summer 2021. Groups are currently offered at no additional cost to students and are available to both graduate and undergraduate students

Getting Started

If you are new to MHS, the first step is to schedule a 30-minute initial consultation over the phone. The purpose of the conversation is to clarify and assess your needs, and explore options for next steps, which may include a recommendation to participle in our groups program as a first step of service. You can web-book this consult via the SHS Student Portal.

If you have been seen previously at MHS, you can do any of the following: 1) reach out to your former mental health provider for more information, 2) contact the Mental Health Coordinator or call 314-935-6695, or 3) reach out directly to the leader of the group in which you are interested

What is group therapy and how does it work?

Group therapy is a powerful medium for growth and change. In group therapy, individuals meet face to face to share their concerns with the facilitation of trained psychotherapists. The power of group therapy lies in the opportunity to receive multiple perspectives, support, encouragement, and feedback from other individuals in a safe and confidential environment. Group therapy can be a supportive place to experiment with new ideas and ways of being. For many emotional concerns, personal struggles, and relationship issues that college students face, group therapy is the most effective treatment modality. Therefore, Habif Health and Wellness Center offers specific groups to address the needs of our student community.

A group typically consists of 6 to 10 people and one or more trained group therapists. Group is confidential, and what is talked about or disclosed in the group is not discussed outside the group. All groups are led by members of the Mental Health Services staff.

For these and other reasons, groups are often as or more effective and efficient than individual work.

What do I talk about?

Being vulnerable and sharing information about yourself in a group setting can feel really scary. However, we know that groups can be very powerful in allowing us to feel understood, connected to others and improve mental wellbeing. You can always start with what has brought you to the group. You can let the group know what you want and can ask for both support and feedback. Relationship difficulties often improve when people express their feelings more effectively. What you share with the group will impact what you get out of the group experience. It is also important to remember that you control what, how much and when you share in group. Therapists and group members work together to establish trust so that people can talk openly and honestly.

We feel confident that group therapy is one of the most effective and beneficial treatments to address the common issues faced by our students, but we understand that for some, the idea of joining a therapy group can be daunting. Although some students are initially intimidated and hesitant about participating in group therapy, group members consistently describe group therapy as a very helpful and positive experience.

Types of Groups offered at Habif Health and Wellness Center

Mental Health Services offers a variety of free counseling groups. Group formats include skills-based and semi-structured groups, process groups focused on interpersonal relationships, and many support groups.

Groups for Students Living In Missouri

Connecting in a Time of Isolation for graduate Students

Lavender Circle

  • A safe and affirming place for students navigating issues related to sexual and/or gender identity exploration and acceptance. Topics of discussion may include: Self-acceptance, family relationships, campus climate, coming out, current events, intersection of identities, intimate relationships, body image, spirituality, and other issues meaningful to our members. Contact Kristin Miserocchi, Ph.D. for more information.
  • Group meets on Thursdays 1:00 – 2:00 pm. Starts June 10.
  • Download a flyer for Lavender Circle (PDF)