Group Counseling

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.
 

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) Group

ACT is a cognitive behavioral therapy approach that focuses on taking action. ACT involves committing to value-guided behavior. The aim of ACT is to help you create a full and meaningful life, while accepting the challenges that life inevitably brings including distressing thoughts and feelings. Consistent with the ACT approach, this group will focus on teaching skills to handle and accept distressing thoughts and feelings effectively in such a way that they have much less impact and influence. There will also be a focus on clarifying values and achieving goals.

  • Wednesdays, 3:15-4:45pm
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.

  • Wednesdays, 5:15-6:45pm
  • Thursdays, 3:15-4:45pm
Coping With Grief

For those who have lost family members or other loved ones, this group offers a space to share experiences of loss and receive support.

  • Tuesdays, 10:15-11:45am
The College Experience

This group offers support to students who are new to University of Pittsburgh, whether you are new due to this being your first year at Pitt or new to campus this year. It is designed specifically for students who are struggling with leaving home, beginning college, and/or adjusting to living independently. Group sessions will includes discussions about students personal experiences as new college students, time management, coping skills, building relationships, homesickness, academic differences at college, and other topics relevant to new college students. Sessions also include tips for managing stress and building connections here at Pitt.

  • Wednesdays, 10:15-11:45am
Connect and Create

Are you a maker, artist, creative, artisan, or crafter? Does creating stuff soothe you, give you energy, or provide a sense of purpose? This group is a space for novice and veteran makers to gather and find support through life’s challenges with the help of creative expression. Grab your latest project (or start one for the first time!) and join us to cultivate your creative outlet.  We’ll work on and share our projects, while discussing broader themes of self-expression and how it enriches our lives.

  • Mondays, 1:15-2:45pm
Emotion Management Skills

This group will provide students with skills for managing their emotions. Students struggling with anger, frustration, episodic depression, anxiety/irritability, stress and feelings of emptiness would benefit from this group. The group will be a combination of skills building and discussing how those skills have been effective towards their emotion regulation. Three categories of skills will be taught:

  • Mindfulness: designed to teach a student how to focus their mind and attention.
  • Distress tolerance: centered on accepting the current situation and finding ways to survive and tolerate the moment without engaging in problematic behaviors
  • Emotion regulation: learning to identify and label current emotions, identifying obstacles to changing emotions, reducing emotional reactivity, increasing positive emotions, and changing emotions.
  • Tuesdays, 3:15-4:45pm
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, 5:15-6:45pm
Interpersonal ACT for Anxiety and Depression

This group combines Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and a focus on how our interpersonal relationships help you cope with symptoms of depression and anxiety. You will be invited to learn the philosophy behind ACT, which involves committing to value-guided behavior and taking intentional action, and to reflect on how you relate to yourself and others through your interactions with other group members and the co-facilitators. The aim of ACT is to help you create a full and meaningful life, while accepting the challenges that life inevitably brings. ACT teaches skills to handle and accept painful thoughts and feelings effectively in such a way that they have much less impact and influence. Learning about ACT and re-evaluating the way you navigate relationships will also help you clarify what’s truly important and meaningful to you.

  • Tuesdays, 3:15-4:45pm
LGBTQ+ Support

This is a support group for LGBQA+ 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, 1:15-2:45pm
Master's Student Support

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

  • Wednesdays, 3:15-4:45pm
Paths Forward: Trauma 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.

  • Thursdays, 1:15-2:45pm
Sanctuary

What is Sanctuary? Most dictionaries define it as a place of safety, a refuge. It can be a place to retreat, re-examine and re-charge. And that’s exactly what this group is all about. If you are questioning whether or not some of some of your coping behaviors are actually helping or hurting, Sanctuary is the ideal destination for you. Here in this safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment, we will explore, process and identify alternatives to your unhealthy relationship with drugs, alcohol, food, video games or any other object or process that may no longer be working for you. Here you can speak freely and honestly about your questions, concerns and observations, and benefit from the support and input of others struggling with similar issues.

  • Fridays, 3:15-4:45pm
Sexual Assault Recovery 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.

  • Mondays, 3:15-4:45pm
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.

  • For Graduate students only: Mondays, 1:15-2:45pm
  • For all students: Mondays, 3:15-4:45pm