Therapy Groups

Group therapy is a form of counseling that has been proven to be highly effective through research. Groups at Student Counseling Service create a welcoming, nonjudgmental environment where students can feel comfortable being open and honest about their struggles or current life situations.

Group Therapy:

  • Allows you to find more clarity about your current challenges with the help of a support system and a knowledgeable counselor.
  • Provides the opportunity for students to share and listen to the experiences of other group members.
  • Creates a safe space where members can give and receive feedback, support, and validation from others who have had similar experiences.
  • Allows students to have their own journey in the group, which is enriched by the support and experience of others.

Joining a Group

Each quarter, SCS offers several group options designed to help you navigate a variety of situations that may arise during your time at UChicago. Groups are offered for both undergraduate and/or graduate students. Before joining, you will typically be asked to complete a pre-group interview with a group facilitator to ensure that the group is a good fit. If it isn't, SCS will make every effort to find an appropriate group opportunity or additional resources for you.

You can learn more about substance abuse recovery groups that are not associated with SCS by visiting the links on this list.

Winter Quarter 2019 Offerings

Psychotherapy Group for Women of Color

This group will provide a safe space for undergraduate and graduate students to connect and explore experiences related to being women of color. Self-compassion and themes from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy will be integrated to promote growth and healing among participants.

Day/Time: Tuesdays, 3:30–5 p.m.
Location: Student Counseling Service, 5555 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Contact Adia Gooden for more information and to sign up.

For Graduate and Undergraduate Students (combined).

The college and graduate school years can be a great time to learn more about yourself, explore identities, and develop support networks. While coming out as LGBTQ can be relieving, exciting, and beautiful for many, it can also be a complicated time for some college students as they try to consider the “who,” “when,” and “how” along the way. This group will offer a supportive space to anyone who identifies within the inclusive alphabet, including the Q for questioning. Maybe you’re not exactly sure who you are yet or know which letter fits you. But, if you believe that you could benefit from more support, the Coming Out and Beyond group may be the space for you.

And why “Beyond”? Because coming out is not a one-time occurrence, and sometimes you need support after coming out as well.

Interested students should contact SCS to schedule an intake session with any staff member (all students must have completed an intake at SCS within six months of participating in the group) and complete a pre-group interview with facilitator. Space is limited.

Day/Time: Mondays, 3:30–5 p.m.
Location: Student Counseling Service, 5555 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Contact Michelle Emerick for more information and to sign up.

For Graduate and Undergraduate Students (combined).

This eight-week group will help female-identified graduate students consider their experiences as women on campus, in their relationships, with themselves, and with each other. Sessions will help students consider how to manage stressors, determine how their communication benefits or inhibits them, trust in each other, and access more support. Sessions are led by an SCS psychologist, take place at SCS, and are free of charge.

Interested female-identified graduate students must be able to commit to attending eight sessions per quarter on Friday afternoons, and should contact SCS to schedule an intake session with any staff member (all students must have completed an intake at SCS within six months of participating in the group) and complete a pre-group interview with facilitator.  

Day/Time: Fridays, 1:30–3 p.m.
Facilitated by Michelle Emerick, PsyD
Contact Michelle Emerick for more information and to sign up.

For Graduate Students only. 

This eight-week structured group will help college students address anxiety using the evidence-based approach behind Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The goal is to help members learn essential skills to effectively overcome problems related to anxiety. Members will also learn how to identify personal sources of motivation and change their behaviors to improve mood and make their lives more meaningful.

Space is limited.
Day/Time:  Wednesdays, 1–2:30 p.m.
Facilitated by: Tab Shamsi, PsyD

Contact Tab Shamsi for more information and to sign up.

For College Students only. 

This skills-based group will help College students and graduate students develop coping techniques to manage intense emotions that interfere with academics or relationships. Group objectives are to identify emotional responses without judgment, learn coping skills to manage intense emotional responses, and develop communication skills to improve relationships. Group members support one another each week in learning and practicing new coping skills.

Space is limited.
Day/Time: Fridays, 1:15-2:30 p.m.
Facilitated by: Tracie Pape, LCSW
Contact Tracie Pape at tpape@uchicago.edu for more information and to sign up.

For College Students and Graduate students. 

This 8 week semi-structured group is designed for female survivors of sexual violence (e.g., sexual assault, sexual abuse, stalking, dating/relationship violence) to learn coping skills in a safe, supportive, and validating space. Interested group members must be able to commit to eight sessions per quarter. Open to both graduate and undergraduate students.

Interested students should contact SCS to schedule an intake session with any staff member (all students must have completed an intake at SCS within six months of participating in the group) and complete a pre-group interview with facilitator.

Space is limited.

Day/Time: Thursdays, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
Location: Student Counseling Service, 5555 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Contact Kate Winderman at kwinderman1@bsd.uchicago.edu for more information and to sign up.

For Graduate and Undergraduate Students (combined).

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