Group Therapy

Group Therapy Sessions

Group therapy sessions are offered on the following day(s) and time(s):

3:30pm Women's Group
12:00pm (noon) Stress Management Workshop
12:00pm (noon) General Group Therapy

Dear Student,

We apologize for the lengthy wait time to get an appointment for individual therapy. The demand for therapy far exceeds our capacity to see individual students in a timely manner.

The good news is that we have immediate openings available in group therapy! There are many benefits to being in a group. Groups are a great place to get feedback from others, try out new behaviors, learn and practice assertiveness, and gain support. Research has demonstrated that group therapy is as effective as individual therapy in helping someone achieve his or her personal therapy goals.

Different Types of Groups

Meditation group and the stress management workshop involve learning and practicing skills. All other groups are therapeutic (i.e., involve talking about personal challenges and accomplishments). We recommend attending only one therapeutic group at a time. However, you may attend as many of the meditation/stress groups as you like. Please visit the bottom of the page for descriptions of each type of group.

IMPORTANT: Please come to Student Health Services (SC221) 15 minutes before your first group in order to fill out the necessary paperwork at the front desk.

If you’re like most people, you may have some apprehension about going to a therapy group. Concerns about what to expect from group are common. The information below is designed to help you better understand what to expect from group.

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Who Leads the Group?

One or two therapists will be present at each group to help facilitate interaction, discussion, and attention to the processes that unfold during group. The group leader is there to help maintain an environment of safety and focus on growth.

Who is a Good Candidate for Group Therapy?

Many different types of people benefit from group therapy. Anxiety, depression, and relationship issues are some of the most common reasons that people come to our groups. Some may seek out group for help during a time of transition, such as a recent move to the state, or a recent loss such as divorce or death of a loved one.

In group you may:

  • Gain Support
  • Share experiences and struggles
  • Receive advice and feedback
  • Learn about yourself and others
  • Try new behaviors
  • Develop more satisfying ways of relating to others
  • Many other possibilities

Certain individuals may not be appropriate for group. For instance, if you are experiencing current suicidal thoughts you are likely in need of a higher level of care and should either: come into Student Health Services to be evaluated for an emergency appointment, dial 911, or call the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

What are the Costs of Group Therapy?

All of our therapy groups are free to current UVU students.

What is Expected of Me in Group?

Many students are nervous about attending their first therapeutic group. Members are encouraged to take their own pace in opening up, and trust and safety are emphasized. Initially, members may be quiet and hesitant as they try to figure out what feels okay to talk about. As members become more comfortable with the group, they open up more and show more of themselves. This provides students with the opportunity to receive direct feedback about how they come across to others and to feel more connected to others in the group.

Group Guidelines

  1. Group sessions are CONFIDENTIAL.In order to create a safe environment where members can feel comfortable in sharing, it is critical that group members not disclose information about the group. This means not revealing any information that another person shares during the group session, and not sharing the fact that you attend a group with that person.
  2. Make an initial commitment. You may feel anxious or impatient with your group as you start out. Just like with individual therapy, group work takes time. Commit to attending 3 sessions before trying to determine the value of group for you.
  3. Attend consistently. Successful groups depend on a commitment from each member to the group. If you truly must miss group, please let the leader(s) know as soon as possible. Also please arrive for group on time, as it is disruptive to the group if you come in late.
  4. Communicate with respect. While being open and honest is encouraged in the group, it is essential that you express a differing viewpoint in a respectful manner.


Types of Therapy Groups

Below is a list with descriptions of therapy groups that we offer. Group availability varies from semester to semester.

GENERAL PROCESS GROUPS These sessions help students gain personal insight, improve communication skills, and explore relationships. Groups are open to all students and address a wide array of problems, issues, and areas of concern. While the groups are facilitated by therapists, the agenda is largely student led.

WOMEN’S GROUP These sessions are very similar to general process groups, but offer a female-only environment and particular focus on women’s issues.

STRESS MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP SERIES Consists of a four week cycle of education and practical tools for learning to relax and optimize performance while in stressful circumstances. Drop-ins are welcome and you don’t have to commit to the full four week cycle.

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION Students are educated on the vast benefits of mindfulness meditation and practical exercises are facilitated during each meeting. These 30 minutes sessions will cover the what, why, and how of mindfulness.

FAITH TRANSITION GROUP This one hour group therapy session focuses specifically on the challenges, concerns, and emotions associated with exploring religious beliefs and/or transitioning out of a particular faith tradition.

EARLY RETURN MISSIONARY GROUP is held every Wednesday from 12:00 to 1:00pm. Specific emphasis will be placed on supporting individuals that were unable to complete their missionary commitment and are faced with potentially distressing circumstances upon their return home.

If you have additional questions about group, please contact us at 801-863-8876.

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