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.

  • Tuesdays, 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
  • Fridays, 10:15-11:45am
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.

  • Fridays, 3:15-4:45pm
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.
  • Mondays, 3:15-4:45pm
Gender Journeys

This group is designed for transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, otherwise gender expansive, and/or questioning students looking for a supportive space to express, discuss, and connect with others around their experiences of gender. We welcome people at any point in their gender journey, whether or not they are just beginning to explore any kind of transitions.

  • Thursdays, 3:15-4:45pm
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, 5:15-6:45pm
Making Friends with Yourself

The Making Friends with Yourself group is based on the mindful self-compassion program and will teach students how to become their best ally and be able to treat themselves as they might naturally treat others who go through the usual ups and downs of life. The group will focus on building and maintaining self-confidence, increasing internal resilience, addressing self-criticism and self-hate, identifying obstacles to self-compassion, becoming more mindful of our emotions and needs, and learning how to motivate ourselves using values and encouragement.


  • Wednesdays, 3:15-4:45pm

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.

  • Mondays, 3:15-4:45pm
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.

  • Mondays, 10:15-11:45am
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.

  • Thursdays, 10:15-11:45am