Group Therapy

Group Therapy Sessions

If your trying to decide whether group is right for you, click here to watch a brief video that provides a general introduction to group therapy. After you're done, come back to this page for more specific information about our FREE therapy groups.

Groups are available to all currently enrolled UVU students. Below is our group schedule for Spring 2018. From the list, choose the one group that works best with your schedule. Click on the day or time of that group to open that particular group's paperwork. If you decide that that group is a good fit for you, complete the paperwork and bring it with you to group.

For more information about our groups contact our Group Coordinator, Dr. Laura Heaphy, at 801-863-6388 or


No Groups on Fridays During Summer Semester


IMPORTANT: Please come to Student Health Services (SC221) 10 minutes before your first group in order to fill out the necessary paperwork at the front desk.

What if my schedule doesn't match with any of the open groups listed

At Mental Health Services (MHS), we have made every effort to schedule our groups during the days and times that we have seen through our experience are most popular for most students. However, we also realize that there are many students whose schedules vary from these specific days and times. In an effort to try and conform our group days and times to as many students' schedules as possible, we have created a system that will allow us to create groups around your schedule. We have created a form that will allow you to tell us what your availability is. When we have enough students with the same availability, we will start a new group during that day and time, and inform you about the start of the new group. It is out hope that this will reduce your wait time for our services as much as possible. If you have additional questions about any of our groups or workshops, please contact our Group Coordinator, Dr. Laura Heaphy, at 801-863-6388 or


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.

Different Types of Groups

Currently, Student Health Services offers two types of groups: General Process Groups, and more theme-oriented groups. All of these groups are therapeutic in nature and, as the names suggest, some target specific concerns (e.g., depression/anxiety; Women's issues; etc.), while others are are more diverse. Depending upon the specific group, there may also be a blend of focusing on education and/or skills, and focusing on group process.

In addition to our therapy groups, Student Health Services also offers Stress Management workshops that involve learning and practicing skills.

We recommend attending only one therapeutic group at a time. However, you may attend as many of the Stress Management workshops as you like. Please visit the bottom of the page for descriptions of each type of group/workshop.

Below is a list with descriptions of groups/workshops that we offer. Please note that 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 currently-enrolled 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. These workshps are held in the Student Life and Wellness Center. 

If you have additional questions about any of our groups or workshops, please contact our Group Coordinator, Dr. Laura Heaphy, at 801-863-6388 or

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 any of our therapy groups to fulfill a class requirement. This policy is in place to protect the safety and condifentiality of the group environment. However, you may attend our Stress Management workshops on Tuesdays at noon. These workshops are 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 leaders are there to help maintain an environment of safety and a 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.


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 group session. Initially, members may be quiet and hesitant as they try to figure out what feels okay to talk about. All group members are encouraged to take their own pace in opening up, as feelings of trust and safety develop. As members become more comfortable with the group, they often 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. It is important to have just one group that you connect with and share personal information with as the semester progresses. 

Group sounds like it might be helpful, but I'm still uncertain. Can I attend one session to see if it's a good fit for me?

Sometimes students want to ‘sample’ different groups in an effort to find one that is a good fit for them. While it does make sense to try to find a service that will be a good fit for your needs, for reasons of confidentiality and maintaining a safe, productive group environment, we ask that you do not attend a group unless you intend to attend that group a minimum of 3 consecutive sessions. By doing this, you can get a feel for the group environment, ask any questions you may have about the group itself, and make a more informed decision about whether that group will be helpful to you. In addition, if you want more information about any of our groups without having to actually attend a group, please feel free to contact our Group Coordinator, Dr. Laura Heaphy (801-863-6388 or with any questions or concerns you may have.

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 leaders 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)


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