Group Therapy Services

We currently offer several therapy groups and workshops throughout the year for our students.

Some of our groups allow for students to drop-in throughout the semester as their schedule permits, and others require students to commit to attend for the course of the semester. A few groups are held at Habif Health and Wellness Center itself, however many are held at various locations on campus as to allow easy access for members. Groups are currently offered at no additional cost to students and are available to both graduate and undergraduate students.

Getting Started

The first step for most students seeking MHS services is a brief, confidential phone conversation with a MHS staff member. 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 may also directly request group services in your phone conversation. After your phone conversation you may be referred to a brief group orientation with one of our therapy group leaders.

This telephone assessment can be scheduled online through the SHS portal.

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 focused on particular topics such as dissertation support, grief, disordered eating.

DROP-IN & SKILLS GROUPS

Come to these groups throughout the semester. There’s no need to sign up ahead of time.

Drop-in & Skills Groups Fall 2019 Flyer (PDF)

Stress & Anxiety Toolkit

This group teaches skills in mindfulness, relaxation techniques, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to manage stress, anxiety, and depression.

Wednesdays, 4:00-4:50 p.m.
DUC 245
E-mail susan.rosse@wustl.edu for more information.

Stress & Anxiety Toolkit Flyer (PDF)

Doing Better Today

This is a weekly drop-in class focused on increasing mindfulness, managing stress, and having better relationships.

Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
DUC 242
E-mail jdyer@wustl.edu for more information.

Doing Better Today Flyer (PDF)

Guided Meditation

Guided meditation session to help you train your attention and focus,  manage your stress, and root yourself in the present moment.

Mondays, 4:00-4:30 p.m.
Sumers Recreation Center, Zenker Wellness Suite
E-mail  jworthington@wustl.edu for more information.

Guided Meditation Flyer (PDF)

International CHAT

Gathering for international graduate students to discuss adjusting to a different culture, time and stress management, and cultivating meaningful relationships.

Tuesdays, 3:40-4:55 p.m.
Liberman Graduate Center, Small Conference Room
E-mail  ciloue.c.stewart@wustl.edu for more information.

International CHAT Flyer (PDF)

Lavender Circle

A safe and affirming space for students navigating issues related to sexual and/or gender identity exploration and acceptance.

Fridays, 1:15-2:45 p.m.
Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Multipurpose Room
E-mail  aditiahlawat@wustl.edu for more information.

Lavender Circle Flyer (PDF)

Making Peace with the Mirror

Open support group for students struggling with issues related to eating, weight, and body image.

Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Habif Classroom
E-mail  chelsea.albus@wustl.edu for more information.

Making Peace with the Mirror Flyer (PDF)

SUPPORT AND PROCESS GROUPS

These groups are not drop-in and in most cases require a semester-long attendance commitment. Please contact the facilitator if you are interested.

Support and Process Groups Fall 2019 Flyer (PDF)

ACT Skills Group

Workshop to help you tame anxiety through developing mindfulness skills and psychological flexibility. We’ll focus on learning to accept internal experiences rather than control them.

Tuesdays, 4:00-4:50 p.m.
DUC 245
E-mail susan.rosse@wustl.edu for more information.

ACT Skills Group Flyer (PDF)

Dissertation Support Group

Find support while writing your dissertation. Explore how to move past obstacles such as procrastination, low motivation, and social isolation.

Fridays, 3:15-4:45 p.m.
Seigle Hall, Suite 435, Room 429
E-mail karolynsenter@wustl.edu for more information.

Dissertation Support Group Flyer (PDF)

Doing Better Today

Weekly class where we focus on increasing mindfulness, managing stress, and having better relationships.

Fridays, 1:15-2:45 p.m.
DUC 242
E-mail jdyer@wustl.edu for more information.

Doing Better Today Flyer (PDF)

Living With Loss

Weekly closed group providing support for students grieving the loss of a loved one. In this group, you’ll share your experiences and learn coping strategies with the help of two professionals.

Fridays, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Habif Classroom
E-mail leiyujia@wustl.edu or chelsea.albus@wustl.edu for more information.

Living with Loss Flyer (PDF)

Mindfulness Bootcamp

Learn how to kickstart meditation practice and use mindfulness as a tool to deal with intense emotions.

Times vary throughout the semester
Sumers Recreation Center, Zenker Wellness Suite
E-mail jworthington@wustl.edu for more information.

Mindfulness Boot Camp Flyer (PDF)

Small Steps, Big Rewards

Therapy group for students in recovery from substance use.

Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
The Village House
E-mail antonina@wustl.edu or kmiserocchi@wustl.edu for more information.

Small Steps, Big Reward Flyer (PDF)

Understanding Self & Others: Undergrads

A confidential group for students to meet together and work through a safe and supportive environment that will allow you to practice new ways of relating to others, gain a better understanding of yourself, share personal experiences, express fears or worries, and receive support.

Mondays, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Habif Classroom
E-mail aditiahlawat@wustl.edu for more information.

Understanding Self and Others: Undergrads Flyer (PDF)

Understanding Self & Others: Grads

A confidential and supportive environment that will allow you to practice new ways fo relating to others, gain a better understanding of yourself, share personal experiences, express fears or worries, and receive support and feedback.

Thursdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Seigle Hall, Room 435
E-mail aditiahlawat@wustl.edu for more information.

Understanding Self and Others: Grads Flyer (PDF)