Group Sessions

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. Check out our FAQs at the bottom of this page, and then contact the Wellness Center at 719.255.4444 for more information or to express an interest in joining any of the groups listed below.

 

Therapy Groups

What: Eating Disorder Interpersonal Group
When: Mondays, 11:30am-1:00pm
This is an interactive and experiential group for those struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating, or body image issues. If interested, contact the Wellness Center front desk to set up a brief meeting to learn more about the group. You don’t have to be in individual therapy to participate.
Cost: $15 per group meeting, or one of your six free Clyde’s Care sessions for those enrolled in that program.

 

What: Grief Group
When: Mondays, 12:15pm-1:30pm
This 20-week curriculum is designed to help students who have experienced the death of someone significant in their life. The group teaches skills to manage the impact of grief in daily life, along with helping you process grief responses with others who have also lost someone. If interested, contact the Wellness Center front desk to set up a brief meeting to learn more about the group. You do not have to be in individual therapy to participate.
Cost: $15 per group meeting, or one of your six free Clyde’s Care sessions for those enrolled in that program.

 

What: Student of Color Group
When: Tuesdays, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Being a person of color in a predominantly white environment can be a stressful experience. This group offers a safe, supportive environment where you can engage in open dialogue about issues you may be facing, including discrimination, oppression, and racism. Join us to deepen your own self-understanding and explore the way you relate to others. You do not have to be in individual therapy to participate, but should contact the Wellness Center front desk to set up a brief meeting to learn more about the group.
Cost: $15 per group meeting, or one of your six free Clyde’s Care sessions for those enrolled in that program.

 

What: Balanced Life Group (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)
When: Wednesdays, 10:30am-12:00pm
Groups are designed to help students feeling out of control—whether emotionally, in thoughts, relationships, or behavior. Learn skills to help you feel happiness again, as well as balance in your life. You should both contact the Wellness Center front desk to set up a brief meeting to learn more about the group, and be simultaneously engaged in individual therapy.
Cost: $15 per group meeting, or one of your six free Clyde’s Care sessions for those enrolled in that program.

 

What: Support for Survivors Group
When: Thursdays, 10:30am-12:00pm
For students who have experienced sexual abuse, assault, rape, or any other violating sexual experience, this group is a gentle and safe place to connect with and receive support alongside other survivors. 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! You do not have to be in individual therapy to participate.
Cost: $15 per group meeting, or one of your six free Clyde’s Care sessions for those enrolled in that program. Grant funding may be available to cover fees.

 

What: Test Anxiety Group
When: Thursdays, 12:00-1:00pm
Do you find yourself stressed out at test time? Join us to learn how to manage that testing anxiety for a better school experience. Contact the Wellness Center front desk to set up a brief meeting to learn more about the group. You do not have to be in individual therapy to participate.
Cost: $15 per group meeting, or one of your six free Clyde’s Care sessions for those enrolled in that program.

 

What: Couple’s Communication
When: TBD
A four-week course designed to teach effective communication and relationship skills in a group setting. One partner must be a current UCCS student, but neither individual nor couple’s therapy is necessary to participate
Cost: $15 per group meeting or one of your six free Clyde’s Care sessions for those enrolled in that program.

 

What: Glass Half Full - Substance Use Group
When: TBD
Are you worried about your alcohol or weed consumption, but aren’t interested in quitting completely? This 4-week curriculum offers lessons on reducing problematic behavior, increasing mindful awareness, and developing healthy coping strategies. The group meets an hour per week, and you do not have to be in individual therapy to participate. If interested, contact the Wellness Center front desk to set up a brief meeting to learn more about the group.
Cost: $15 per group meeting or one of your six free Clyde’s Care sessions for those enrolled in that program.

 

Group FAQ's

Most of the groups cost the same flat fee as all our physical and mental health services—$15 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 $15 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.