Available Groups

Available Groups – Fall 2020

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy 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. ACT teaches psychological skills to handle and accept painful thoughts and feelings effectively in such a way that they have much less impact and influence. ACT will also help you clarify what’s truly important and meaningful.

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, 5-6:30p - This group is not accepting new members at this time.
  • Fridays, 10:30a-12p - Click here to sign up!
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.

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.


  • Wednesdays, 1:15-2:45p - This group is not accepting new members at this time.
Everyone But the Kitchen Sink

This is a support group for LGBQA+, trans/nonbinary, intersex, kinky, and non-monogamous/poly-identified students. It’s 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. No topic is off limits, and everything is up for discussion: navigating queerness, academics, making friends, transitions, depression, anxiety, body image, sex & relationships, etc. Facilitated by a White, queer, able-bodied genderflux therapist. Co-facilitator TBD.

First Generation College Student Support

Being the first member of a family to attend college can be an exciting and formative experience.  This group seeks to provide a supportive space for individuals who identify as first-generation college students.  Members will have the opportunity to connect with peers on some of the challenges unique to being a first-generation student, including family pressure, adjusting to a new academic landscape, financial considerations, and issues of diversity and culture.  This group is intended to be one of the many resources available to help first-generation students towards having a positive experience at the university.

First Year Experience

This group offers support to students who are new to University of Pittsburgh. 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.

Graduate Support

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

Running Forward - USO

This group will combine talk therapy with movement. This is not an exercise or a running program, but a therapy program that utilizes the benefits of physical exercise. When the group is in person, we replace the traditional group setting of an office with the outdoors. The clients set the pace whether it's running, walking or combination of both. In the Fall 2020, the group will be virtual. We will have the group members run on their own before group and then we will meet to process after. The group will help foster a positive mood, help one gain insight into their thoughts and feelings as well as practice mindfulness.

This group can help manage the following:

  • physical symptoms related to mental health concerns (chest tightness, restlessness, fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle tensions, body pain, constipation)
  • emotional symptoms (anger, fear, hurt, low self-esteem, loss of interest, sadness, worries, loneliness, loss of direction, hopelessness)
  • interpersonal challenges (companionship, communication, conflict resolution, relationship difficulties, mistrust, disconnectedness, negative self-comparison to others).



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.

Stumbling on Happiness

Have you been seeking happiness but just can’t seem to find it? If so, this group is for you! In this group, members will learn skills designed to help them embrace their lives more fully and experience the happiness they’re waiting to stumble on. This group will explore the concept of happiness and well-being by utilizing the theory of PERMA: Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. Happiness is all around us, sometimes we just have to look for it! So let us help you find it.

Trauma Support

The General Trauma Group provides an open space for students to discuss, process, and work through their trauma experiences. The goal of the group is to help students regain a sense of agency over their lives and narrative and understand trauma’s different presentations. The General Trauma Group fosters a collaborative and supportive space between students and facilitators to encourage healing. The General Trauma Group is inclusive of all cultural identities and trauma experiences, and utilizes a culturally sensitive, process- and skills- oriented approach. As such, sessions will be gently framed with psychoeducation about trauma (acute stress, PTSD, and c-trauma), creative and evidence-based interventions, and a focus on relational processing.

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.


Understanding Self When Othered

The focus of this group is to explore how members relate to themselves and others in/despite a White supremacist, ableist, cis-heteronormative, patriarchal culture. Group members are offered a safe place to examine their relational style and experiment with new ways of connecting to others as they learn about themselves through feedback and group support. Co-facilitated by a Black, straight, able-bodied, cis-male therapist and a White, queer, able-bodied genderflux therapist.

Walking Forward - USO

Walking Forward in a non-traditional group therapy program. The group will have two parts. The first part includes a walk on your own, utilizing different mindfulness strategies that the facilitators will suggest. The second part of the group, through videoconferencing, will be more of a traditional group setting for process and discussion. This group will combine talk therapy with movement. This is not an exercise program, but a therapy program that utilizes the benefits of physical exercise. This group can help manage the following:

  • Physical and emotional symptoms related to mental health concerns
  • Interpersonal challenges and concerns



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