Group Therapy and Support

What is group therapy?

In group therapy, 4-8 people meet with one or more trained group therapists to talk about issues that are of concern.

Members provide feedback to one another by expressing their feelings about what someone says or does in group. Group provides a chance for individuals to try out new behaviors in a safe environment that they can then try in their other relationships.

Groups can offer support, guidance, and empathy that others may not be able to give if they haven’t faced the same kind of problem. Both general personal growth groups and an anxiety group are available.

Therapy Groups

Women’s Issues

Monday evening, women only. Are you challenged by balancing the demands of daily life? A primary focus is on the stressors faced by women as they try to balance daily demands including difficulty in relationships, procrastination, low self-esteem, perfectionism and anxiety. 

Understanding Self and Others

Three groups each semester: Tue morning, and Tue or Wed evening
Do you have difficulty developing or maintaining close relationships? Are you wondering what keeps you from connecting with others and having satisfying relationships?

Explore thoughts, feelings and behaviors surrounding issues such as conflict, anxiety, depression, trust, and boundaries.  Members have an opportunity to practice new behaviors to enable them to create healthy relationships in life.

Women’s Trauma Group

Have you experienced verbal, sexual, or physical abuse and notice that it is impacting your current relationships? Members learn how to develop coping skills for dealing with trauma, set healthy boundaries, and regain self-esteem.

ACT for Depression and Anxiety

Thu late afternoon, 6-8 weeks ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) for Depression and Anxiety is devoted to helping students encounter depression, anxiety, and other problems differently and pursue a full and meaningful life.  

Support Groups

LGBTQ Support

Are you gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning your sexual orientation or gender identity and needing a safe place to share your experiences and discuss your concerns? Coming out, prejudice, parenting, couple conflict, and generational differences may be among the issues and concerns explored. 

Circle of Sisters

Members will learn how to embrace an accurate and positive self, tools needed to empower yourself and others, and how to overcome real and perceived barriers. Come to discuss topics that impact your life and community: physical & mental health, relationships, career, spirituality, etc. Most importantly, members gain support and understanding from other African-American women. 

Past Group Offerings
If you are interested in any of these past groups, contact our office to see when it may restart.
 

Recognition, Insight, & Openness (RIO)

RIO is a structured 3-week seminar to help you focus on the present, increase emotional awareness and identify values. Participants engage in mindfulness, and learn about new ways of interacting with thoughts and feelings through experiential exercises.
 

Coloring for Calm

Need a few minutes to de-stress? Stop by Atrium II and grab a free coloring page and sit and color for 50 minutes. You'll be amazed at how relaxing this can be. No need to sign up just drop by and color.
 

Parenting Support Group

Having difficulty balancing school, work, and parenting.  Wish you knew other parents at UHCL with similar struggles? Members will learn how to gain a better sense of balance and well as receive support from one another.
 
Love your body, love yourself: Are you laboring with body image concerns? Many students fight with how they feel about their bodies and the impact it has on self-esteem, relationships and performance. This group will focus on understanding causes, self-acceptance, growth and change.
 

Adjusting to Life in the United States

Are you a student from another country having difficulty dealing with the many changes of your move to the US:  homesickness, loneliness, making new friends, customs, food, dating, family life, and language? No need to sign up or make a commitment to attend. 

Group Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common questions related to group experience. 

  What will I get out of attending a Therapy or Support Group?
 
  • You discover you are not alone.
    When in individual therapy your therapist will not share how they coped with the same issues you are struggling with but in group members do share their experiences. By talking with peers who are going through the same things, you may experience quicker and more longer-lasting results as compared to individual psychotherapy. In groups, a place of safety, caring, understanding, and validation is created.
  • You gain problem solving skills.
     You can hear what others have tried and what has worked for them and what has not. You are able to offer the other members feedback based on your own experiences as well as receive feedback on issues you are struggling with.
  • You develop awareness.
     Group members may bring up issues that strike a chord with you which you might not have been aware or of known how to bring up yourself. This may enable you to explore your issues at a deeper level.
  • You give and receive feedback.
    We often worry about what others think of us or how we come across in social interactions. In group, you are given feedback in a respectful, gentle way, with the assistance of a therapist. You're able to hear, and then, use this feedback to help you have more fulfilling interpersonal relationships and better understand what gets in the way.
  How do I get started?
 
  • To learn more about a group, call Counseling Services for more information.
  • To join a Therapy Group, call Counseling Services and arrange an initial consultation for you to meet with a therapist to determine if group is right for you.
  What if I still have anxiety about being in a group?
 
  • It's normal to have some discomfort about participating in group. You control what, how much, and when you share with the group.
  • You can be helped by listening to others, but you gain the most by voicing your thoughts and feelings. It often takes a few meetings to feel comfortable and to see that you are making progress
  What are typical group rules?
 
  • Members commit to attending group weekly and on time for a semester. 
  • If you have to miss a session, call and let the leaders know.
  • Members agree to keep the content of the group confidential.
     This helps to create an atmosphere of safety.
  • When not in group, members refrain from all interactions with other group members.
  • Interactions between group members outside of the group can impact what happens inside the group. During group sessions, we ask members not to contact each other, either in-person or electronically (including social media) when they are outside of the group session.

 

Contact
  • Counseling Services

    Phone: 281-283-2580
    Fax: 281-283-2602
    www.uhcl.edu/counselingservices

    SSCB 3103
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 331
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Regular office hours:
    Mon. - Thurs., 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Please call ahead during holidays and semester breaks.

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