Group Therapy

Group Therapy

For many concerns that undergraduate and graduate students face – like overwhelming stress, anxiety, difficult relationships, depression, academic difficulties, and more – group therapy is the best option for support and healing.  Facilitated by Student Health and Wellness (SHaW) counselors, our therapy groups encourage peer support, promote emotional wellbeing, and increase a felt sense of connection.  Participants often find that they feel less alone in their struggles, and walk away with newfound support and ideas for coping.

SHaW offers numerous therapy groups throughout the year, including the summer months.  Groups are led by SHaW counselors, and consist of 6-10 student members.

Group therapy offers unique benefits to students including:

  • Allowing students to find more clarity about current challenges with the help of a support system and a knowledgeable counselor.
  • Providing the opportunity for students to share and listen to the experiences of other group members.
  • Creating a safe space where members can give and receive feedback, support, and validation from others who have had similar experiences.
  • Allowing students to have their own journey in the group, which is enriched by the support and experience of others.

Unless otherwise noted, to get started with a group referral, please contact SHaW at 860-486-4705.


Group Therapy will resume in the Fall 2023 semester.

    BLOOM: Undergraduate Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)

    This group is a space created for female Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) - identifying students to cultivate vulnerability, safety, trust, connection, and growth. Bloom provides a place for group members to discuss issues unique to their experience at a predominantly white institution (PWI), including academic stress, relationships, race/ethnicity related stress, familial pressures and navigating cultural expectations. There will be an emphasis on healing, maintaining healthy relationships and setting boundaries. Bloom means to be open, blossom and to maintain flourishing conditions that help us grow. It’s time to Bloom.

    4 pm - 5:30pm

    Emotional Empowerment

    Learn strategies (things you can DO) to address stress and difficult emotions in this peer group setting.
    Each session will focus on a theme, such as visualization, working with negative thoughts, and more.

    9 am - 10 am

    Families with Addiction Group Support

    This group is for students who are or have been deeply affected by having parent(s) or sibling(s) struggling with addictions. May also consider situations where the family member's primary issue is a severe psychiatric disorder, but that substance use is also present.

    1 pm - 2:15 pm

    Finding My Place

    How to Manage the Challenges of Adjusting to College Life.
    Weekly clinical group to support First Year Students on navigating new challenges that are part of the adjustment to university Life. Group will focus on adjusting to a new academic, residential and social aspects of transitioning to UConn. Learn about resources and practicing new coping skills to promote emotional well-being and academic success.

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Growth Through Grief

    This weekly clinical group supports students grieving the death of a loved one and students coming together to support and empower each other during times of grief.

    4 pm - 5 pm

    Interpersonal Group for Undergraduate Students

    Undergraduate Students Interpersonal Groups focuses on promoting emotional wellbeing as you balance academics, relationships, family, and personal responsibilities.
    Groups offer a supportive confidential space to share your concerns, practice skills and get feedback.

    3 pm - 4:30 pm

    2:30 pm - 4 pm

    Interpersonal Group for Graduate Students

    Graduate Students Interpersonal Groups focuses on promoting emotional wellbeing as you balance academics, relationships, family, and personal responsibilities.
    Groups offer a supportive confidential space to share your concerns, practice skills and get feedback.

    2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    3 pm - 4:30 pm

    2:30 pm - 4 pm

    Neurodiversity Support Group

    The Neurodiversity Support group is for students who identify as being on the autism spectrum or as neurodiverse.
    Starting college is a time of big changes. You’re meeting new people in a new environment and have new expectations placed on you. Common challenges for students on the autism spectrum have fewer resources and support, building new relationships, adjusting to increased independence, time management, academic challenges, and managing stress and anxiety.
    The goal of the group is to provide emotional support and psychoeducation to assist with navigating life as a college student. In addition, the hope is that you will feel accepted and supported by other students.

    3 pm - 4pm

    RA Consultation Group

    This virtual group is available to all resident hall assistants on a drop-in basis. This group creates a space every RA can gain consultation from a licensed Mental Health clinician on how to handle difficult student situations on their floor and get support from other RAs.

    Attendees will benefit from exploring challenges such as:

    • Identifying students in distress
    • Responding to disruptive behaviors
    • Effective ways to intervene
    • Enhancing self-care
    • Satisfaction in your role

    This is a drop in group and no referral is needed.

    • Virtual
    • Third Friday of the month
    • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • An email with the Webex Link will be sent to all Resident Assistants at the start of the third week each month.