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 Fall 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. If it indicates that that particular group is 'CLOSED,' then that group is not accepting any more new members this semester. Please see below if there are no open groups that fit with your schedule.

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


No Groups on Mondays During Fall 2018

2:30pm-4:00pm Women's Therapy Group - CLOSED

No Groups on Fridays During Fall 2018


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 initial 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 and Workshops

Currently, Student Health Services offers two types of therapy groups: General Therapy Groups, and more theme-oriented groups. All of these groups are therapeutic in nature, with some targeting specific concerns (e.g., depression/anxiety; Women's issues; etc.), while others are more diverse.

In addition to our therapy groups, Student Health Services also offers workshops that involve learning and practicing skills. Therapy groups usually have between 6 and 12 members who meet once a week for approximately 90 minutes. Each group member plays an important role in the ongoing therapeutic process, and topics can vary from week-to-week depending upon the concerns of the group members. Workshops, on the other hand, are typically 1 hour long, and may have different people attending each week. They are led by the presenters (rather than by the participants), and are also much more structured compared to therapy groups. The focus of each workshop is on a predetermined topic, and the specific goals include the acquisition of relevant knowledge and the development of effective skills.

Workshops and groups also have different expectations with regard to confidentiality. In a therapy group, your right to confidentiality from the group’s co-facilitators is guaranteed by law. This is intended to protect the safety of the group environment, and allow each group member to talk about difficult or sensitive topics more openly. A workshop, however, does not have the same guarantees with confidentiality. Because the workshops at Student Health Services are “public” and open to any/all students, we cannot guarantee your confidentiality. We, therefore, encourage you to exercise your own best judgment about how much you choose to share during any of our workshops.

We recommend attending only one therapy group at a time. However, you may attend as many of the workshops as you like.

Below is a list with descriptions of groups and workshops that we offer. Please note that the scheduling of groups and workshops may vary from semester to semester.

GENERAL THERAPY 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 THERAPY 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 WORKSHOPS These consist 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 workshops are held in the Reflection Center (i.e., Student Life and Wellness building, room SL112).

EFFECTIVE LIVING SKILLS WORKSHOPS This series of 12 workshops was designed by staff members at Student Health Services in order to help you develop knowledge and skills that can be used to deal more effectively with intense emotions and/or your relationships with others. Although you can attend those specific workshops in the series that specifically address your particular concerns (i.e., tolerating and/or regulating emotional distress; being effective in interpersonal relationships; etc.), the workshops were designed to work together as an interrelated whole. They will focus on learning about the ways thoughts, feelings, and actions interact with each other, and on how to apply this increased understanding to the development of healthy and effective coping skills.

Below are the schedules for the workshops being offered during the Fall 2018 academic semester.


1pm-2:30pm Effective Living Skills Workshop

12pm-1pm Stress Management Workshop

No Workshops on Wednesdays During Fall 2018

No Workshops on Thursdays During Fall 2018

No Groups on Fridays During Fall 2018


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 confidentiality of the group environment. However, you may attend our workshops; these workshops are more informational in nature and do not have the same confidentiality requirements as therapy groups. 


What are the Costs of Group Therapy or Workshops?

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

Who Leads the Therapy Groups?

One or two therapists will be present at each therapy 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 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 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 confidentiality of the group environment. However, you may attend our workshops; these workshops are more informational in nature and do not have the same confidentiality requirements as therapy groups.

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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