Group Therapy

Group Therapy

“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.”

Group counseling/therapy provides an opportunity to be part of group of six to eight 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 general therapy groups, therapy groups for particular populations (e.g., graduate students, women, men, LGBTQ students), and therapy groups for particular issues/problems (e.g., depression, anxiety, self-esteem, stress management, family issues, substance abuse problems, history of sexual assault).   We also offer educational workshops on a variety of topics.   Group therapy participants are asked to commit to attending group therapy sessions regularly for the duration of the group.

*** Summer group signup now AVAILABLE ***    All Summer sessions start after June 1.

CLICK HERE to go to Group Therapy Sign-Up.


For additional information, including how to get connected to a group or a workshop, please contact the Counseling Center at 412-648-7930.    We would be happy to give you more details!

ACT Anxiety/Depression Group:
(Tuesday 10:30-12pm)

ACT is a behavioral therapy approach that focuses on taking action.   ACT involves accepting what is out of your personal control and committing to value-guided behavior.   The aim of ACT is to help you create a rich, full, and meaningful life, while accepting the challenges that life inevitably brings.   ACT will teach you psychological skills to handle 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 to you.

Anxiety Support Group:
(Friday 1-2:30pm)

Skills for coping with anxiety are reviewed (see Workshop: Anxiety Management 101 for details) with further opportunity to share personal experiences and relate to peers who struggle with anxiety.

Graduate Support Group:
(Tuesday 3:15-4:45pm)

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

Mindfulness for Depression:
(Thursday 1:30pm-3:00pm)

Mindfulness for Depression is an eight-week therapy group that primarily focuses on learning to use mindfulness and meditation exercises for the management of mild to moderate symptoms of depression.   The purpose of the group is to:
Learn skills to effectively cope with symptoms of depression, become more aware of thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations, from moment to moment, that contribute to symptoms of depression, and Learn how to change your relationship with the thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations that contribute to symptoms of depression.

Sanctuary Group:
(Friday 3-4:30pm)

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.

Stumbling on Happiness:
(Wednesday 1:00-2:30pm)

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.

Running Forward “U.S.O”:                   ** July and August Only
(Wednesday 3:00-4:30pm)

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.   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.   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)

Understand Self & Others Group “U.S.O”:

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. 

  • Graduates Group (Not currently being offered)
  • Mens Group- For those who identify as men (Not currently being offered)
  • Mixed Group (Thursday 10:00am-11:30am)
  • Seniors Group (Not currently being offered)