Group Therapy

Group Therapy Sessions

Group therapy sessions are offered on the following day(s) and time(s).  For more information call (801) 863-8876. To register for the Women's Group call (801) 863-7012. To watch a brief video that provides an introduction to group therapy, click here.

Please come check out our FREE therapy groups. Groups are available to all currently enrolled students. Choose the one that works best with your schedule. Below is our group schedule for Fall 2017 semester.

Monday
No Groups on Mondays During Fall Semester

Tuesday
4-5pm General Group

Wednesday
3-4:30 Women's Group

Thursday
4-5pm General Group

Friday
4-5pm General Group

  

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

The Stress Management workshops 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 Stress Management 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.

Group for a Class Assignment

Sometimes professors ask that students observe a group as part of a class assignment. Please be advised that we do not allow students to attend our therapy groups to fulfill a class requirement. This policy is in place to protect the safety of the group environment. However, you may attend our Stress Management group on Tuesdays at noon. This type of group is more informational in nature. 

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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

Who is Not a Good Candidate for Group Therapy?

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.

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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.

Can I bring someone with me?

Because many people feel nervous about attending group for the first time, students sometimes want to bring a friend or family member along with them to group. We ask that you do not do this for several reasons.

First, group is not as beneficial when you are attending with someone that you already know. (For example, you might be less-likely to give that person hard feedback if they are your friend. Or, you might hold back in sharing personal things in group when someone you know is present). Secondly, due to the confidential nature of the group, we do not allow people to come to the group just to observe or support someone. We want everyone in the group to have their own personal goals to work towards while in group.  

Can I attend multiple groups?

It could be beneficial to attend the Tuesday Stress Management class with one of our general groups. This is because the Stress Management group is more informational, while our other groups are therapy groups where you share personal information. However, we ask that you do not attend more than one therapy group at one time. It is important to have just one group that you connect with and share personal information with as the semester progresses. 

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.

Group Paperwork

General Group Guidelines (pdf)

Women's Group Guidelines Form (pdf)

 

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 seven 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 entire cycle of classes. Held in the Student Life and Wellness Center. 

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