Group Counseling


Group counseling provides students an opportunity to be part of a small group (6-8 students) who meet regularly over the course of one academic term to share concerns, explore personal issues, and learn new skills under the guidance of one or two group leaders/facilitators. Each term, we offer a variety of therapy groups, including specific groups for depression, anxiety, trauma, LGBTQ+ students, and graduate students. Group therapy participants are asked to commit to attending group therapy sessions regularly for the duration of the group.
As with all UCC services, group counseling sessions are confidential. Every group participant makes a personal pledge to not share anything discussed during group sessions or any information about other group members to anyone outside of group. Adherence to the rules of confidentiality by all group members is critical to establishing a safe and trusting group therapy atmosphere in which all members feel safe and comfortable sharing their feelings and concerns.
Did You Know?

100% of surveyed Pitt students who were initially hesitant about group therapy, responded that the experience was helpful or more helpful than they thought it would be.



Available Groups

If you are interested in Group Counseling at the UCC, please utilize our Drop-In Services by contacting 412-648-7930, Monday-Friday from 9a-4p.

Anxiety Support

Stressed out, racing thoughts, socially anxious? These groups provide skills focused on managing the physiological symptoms of anxiety, challenging anxious thoughts, and coping with anxiety.

  • Tuesdays, 3:15 - 4:45 pm
Expressive Arts for Anxiety

Why expressive arts? Expressive arts therapy allows for a creative way to access your thoughts, emotions, and experiences. The creative process can provide a unique outlet for relaxation and self-care. This group will focus on expressive arts for coping with anxiety, as well as using creativity as an outlet for general support. You can expect guided expressive prompts, processing, and self-care activities through modalities of drawing/coloring, expressive writing, poetry writing, and music.

  • Wednesdays, 1 - 2 pm - VIRTUAL Group
Finding a Rhythm

A supportive daily rhythm incorporates sustainable patters of sleep, goal- and task-directed activity, planned self-care, time for interpersonal relationships and effective relationships with food. Oftentimes, students find themselves so focused on academic responsibilities that it can be hard to develop and maintain a supportive daily rhythm. This group provides students a safe space to explore their daily patterns, learn strategies to improve their supportive daily rhythm, and discuss potential barriers.

  • Wednesdays, 3 - 4 pm
Graduate Student Support

For only graduate students, this group is ideal for exploring personal, academic, and practical challenges that can affect your work in graduate school.

  • Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:45 am
LGBTQ+ Support

This is a support group for LGBTQ+ students. It is a space where students with marginalized sexual, gender, and relationship orientations can find comfort and understanding in the shared identities and experiences of their peers.

  • Wednesdays, 3:15 - 4:45 pm - VIRTUAL Group
Sexual Assault Support

This group provides a safe place for students who have experienced any type of sexual abuse or assault to move closer to healing. This group is inclusive of all gender identities.

  • Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Trauma Psychoeducation & Support

The primary focus of this group is to provide education and support to any Pitt student who has experienced trauma (i.e. interpersonal dating abuse/emotional abuse/survived natural disasters/crime) to increase empowerment and learn coping skills about the healing process.  All gender identities are welcome to join.

  • Wednesdays, 1:15 - 2:45 pm
Understanding Self and Others (USO)

This group can be a valuable way for members to learn about how they experience others and how others experience them. Such experiences can enhance members’ abilities to create and sustain satisfying relationships and manage the variety of challenges that often arise in relationships, whether they be with friends, classmates, co-workers, supervisors, partners, or family members.

  • Graduate Student USO: Tuesdays, 3:15 - 4:45 pm