In addition to individual, family, and couple’s psychotherapy sessions, the Wellness Center offers a number of group therapy sessions. For many, group therapy offers both effective treatment and the strength that comes from interacting with peers who understand and may share similar struggles. Most of our group sessions do not require students to be engaged in individual therapy, and can sometimes be the fastest route to getting the support you need.
For questions about our groups, please review the FAQ at this bottom of the page or call the Wellness Center at 719-255-4444.
The list below are the new groups offered by the Wellness Center, Mental Health Services over the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters. If you don't see the days and times of the group you are interested in and/or if you know you would like to attend a group, please log on to uccs.medicatconnect.com and send a secure message for the group you are interested in to cbailey (Chrissie Bailey). Once we receive your message, you will receive a reply message in your UCCS email inbox with answers to your questions and we can connect you with the clinicians to welcome you into your group.
Are you feeling out of control during these uncertain times in your thoughts, emotions, relationships, or behaviors? In this group you will learn many coping skills that will help you create more balance in your life during the COVID-19 pandemic and focus on taking control in areas that you can.
Thursdays from 1:30pm-3:00pm
This is a group for students who have survived any type of traumatizing experience that is sexual in nature. During this time of increased social isolation due to COVID-19, we want to provide a gentle and safe place for survivors to connect and support each other. Sexual violence impacts all genders and sexual identities, and a staggering number of people experience sexual violence at some point in their lives. You are not alone!
The practice of mindfulness has been linked to psychological well-being. Research suggests that as little as three minutes of daily practice can reduce our perceptions of stress. Mindfulness practice can help you monitor and manage you thinking and emotions, enabling you to be proactive rather than reactive when experiencing stressful times, such as the current stat of the pandemic and the plethora of unknowns. This 5-week mindfulness group is designed to help you transition from living life on "automatic pilot" to living life in the present moment and develop self-acceptance, patience, and compassion.
Are you a person of color in need of safe and supportive space to process emotions related to being in a pandemic and civil unrest? If so, the Students of Color group is here for you. This group offers a safe and supportive environment where we can engage in open dialogue about issues we may be facing, including discrimination, oppression, and racism. In this group you will find a representative community and support for coping in the broader racial and social context both here at UCCS and globally.
This is a support and process group for the LGBTQIAP+ community with therapeutic guidance from facilitators. It will provide a safe space for those identifying under the LGBTQIAP+ umbrella during the current pandemic. We will use this space to process topics related to being a member of this community.
Wednesdays 2:00pm-3:30pm (this may change depending on group members)
This group will focus on helping those who have been diagnosed with an eating disorder, believe they have an eating disorder, or are in recovery from an eating disorder. We will explore how our relationships and our daily functioning during this stressful time are impacted by the way we view and fuel our bodies.
Communication can be difficult during "normal" times, but what about when our world has been turned upside down and our "new normal" is different than what we used to have? This group will focus on couples who are struggling with having effective communication within their relationship. Skills will be taught to help the couple specifically ask for what they need or want from each other while maintaining a strong relationship.
This group includes body positivity and acceptance in a broader format. During times of crisis, we often struggle to respond to ourselves with compassion and acceptance. In this group, we'll examine various aspects of wellness and how to respond to all aspects of self with kindness. This group will be educational and supportive.
Mandy are struggling with body issues during the pandemic. This group supports those struggling with unhelpful food habits and negative thoughts about body image. This group is a skills based group with a sharing and processing component.
This group supports students experiencing any kind of loss and adjustment. Loss comes in many forms: the loss of a person, the loss of relationships, or even the loss of stability and security. This group will be process oriented, allowing participants to share and gain support from peers and facilitators.
Do you find yourself stressed out at test time? Does worrying about how well you will do interfere with your preparation and performance on exams? Do you mentally freeze up on important tests? If so, then please join us in learning how to manage test anxiety for a better college experience.
Stand Alone is a free, nonclinical group for students who lack support from family members and are paying their own way through college. During this time of increased social isolation due to COVID-19, we want to provide you with the opportunity to receive extra emotional support and to connect with others who are struggling with similar circumstances. You will receive information about resources to help decrease your stress and increase your success. Topics the group will cover include affordable housing, financial planning and credit, what to do if you run out of groceries, and how to manage conflict with roommates
Not a Wellness Center Group but an additional resource available to UCCS Students.
This non-clinical support group is for people looking to change their relationship with substances or other problematic behaviors. Skills learned include mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and harm reduction strategies.
All of the groups cost $10 per visit. For anyone enrolled in our Clyde’s Care program, the first six visits (of any sort) are free. Group Therapy can be counted among visits that may be covered. After the six appointments are used, the $10 charge will apply. We strive to meet the needs of all of our students so if you are struggling with something, but may have difficulty paying for therapy, please reach out to the Wellness Center to discuss options.
Most people are surprised at how useful group therapy can be. Unlike individual counseling, group counseling provides you the chance to connect with others who may be struggling with similar problems, gain new perspective, and practice interpersonal skills. Outcome studies show that in most cases, the effectiveness of individual and group therapy are equal.
The preferred size of most of our groups is 7 to 8 participants. However, sometimes we run smaller or occasionally larger—the size of each group varies. Feel free to ask the group facilitator how many members will be in the group you intend to join.
Of course not! As a group participant, you are always in control of how much you decide to share, and no one will force you to reveal anything. Most group members tend to share more once they feel safe in the group. While we know that talking about personal feelings and experiences can sometimes be uncomfortable, we also know that many members get more from the group once they start opening up. We encourage you to be aware of your pace for group involvement and to share when you feel comfortable doing so.
It’s normal that some members will talk less than others in the group. If you’d like, inform the group that you hope to share more as you feel more secure. We encourage group members to be respectful of individual differences, and you can take your time to open up to the group.
Figuring out how to get your needs met in group is a very common concern. If you find yourself needing more time in the group, we recommend that you bring it up within the group or with the group facilitator. Group is an excellent place to work on assertiveness!
We recognize that it might be awkward to be in the same group with a friend/classmate. Please let group leaders know immediately if you have an existing relationship with someone else in the group. If that happens, the group leaders, in consultation with the group members, will decide how best to resolve the situation. This hurdle is no reason to stop participating!
Of course! It’s possible to leave the group if you’re uncomfortable, but we also know that group is often uncomfortable at the beginning – if you feel this way, you’re probably not alone. You will most likely feel less awkward after a few sessions, so we encourage you to give the group a chance before deciding to leave.