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Group Therapy

Group Therapy sessions are a safe, confidential space to share and explore concerns and learn new strategies for overcoming challenges. Group Therapy sessions are open to all students, unless otherwise indicated. Read our Frequently Asked Questions about Group Therapy sessions to the right.

How to Join a Group

Current Mental Health Clinic clients: ask the front desk staff to set up a group screening appointment for you with a group leader. These screening appointments take place over the phone or in person and typically last 15 to 30 minutes. The screening appointment gives you a chance to ask any questions and to determine if the group is a good fit for your needs.

Students who are new to the Mental Health Clinic: walk in for a brief consultation visit, unless other arrangements are made with the group therapist. You can also call the group coordinator, Michelle Krypel, at 612-624-1444 with any general questions about groups.

Groups

Group Therapy sessions typically meet at Boynton Health Service for 90 minutes once a week. Some groups meet for most of the semester while others are short-term and have four to six sessions. Most groups have four to eight members. There are two key types of groups:


Group Therapy Sessions:

Understanding Self and Others

For all students:
Section One: Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Ten sessions beginning February 21
Group Leader: Michelle Krypel, MSW, LICSW

Section Two: Thursdays, 3-4:30 p.m.
Ten sessions beginning February 23
Group Leader: Jason Mayotte-Blum, PhD

For students ages 23 and over:
Section One: Tuesdays, 2:35-4:00 p.m.
Ten sessions beginning January 31
Group Leader: Brian Post, PhD

Section Two: Wednesdays, 2:35-4 p.m.
Ten sessions beginning February 1
Group Leader: Brian Post, PhD

Are you searching for a place to learn about yourself and better understand your relationships in a safe and accepting environment? This group brings students together to offer mutual support. You will have the opportunity to express your thoughts and feelings, as well as build confidence in an encouraging atmosphere. The goal is to gain awareness of how you relate with others in the group and understand how these patterns reflect how you relate with others in your life. Attention will be paid to feelings, thoughts and experiences that arise in the group — there will be opportunities to explore the meaning of these behaviors. With the help of the group leader, you will practice giving and receiving support and feedback.

Managing Your Anxiety

Mondays, 1-2:30 p.m.
Eight sessions beginning February 27
Group Leader: Rachel Ans, LADC

Is your anxiety negatively impacting your life? Are worries and ruminating thoughts occupying your brain space? Often our anxiety can get in the way of daily functioning. This group will provide a safe space to share and explore these struggles with others. You will learn and practice coping skills and techniques to better handle anxiety, identify with others who are experiencing similar concerns, and increase self-awareness through obtaining genuine feedback from others.

Building Social Confidence Group

Fridays, 1-2:30 p.m.
Six sessions beginning March 24
Group Leader: Meg Benefield, LICSW

Do you have trouble understanding unspoken social rules? In this group, you will learn practical ideas to help you feel more socially confident. Topics will include starting and maintaining conversations, reading social cues, and building relationships. This group will provide a safe and supportive environment for experimenting with new ways of interacting with others.

Practicing Self-Kindness: Tapping Your Innate Strength

Fridays, 1-3 p.m.
Eight sessions beginning February 17
Group Leader: Mary Clark, LICSW

Do you find yourself often identifying with your inner critic? Do people often tell you "you're too hard on yourself"? Learning to be kind to yourself has been proven to reduce depression and anxiety and increase quality of life. In this group, you will learn how to respond to difficult emotions with acceptance, understanding and kind action in order to accomplish what you value and live with greater ease. This group can build on the principles learned in the Introduction to Mindfulness group also offered at Boynton Health.

Building Resilience to PTSD Skills Group

Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Ten sessions beginning February 24
Group Leaders: Rachel Ans, MPS, LADC

Many individuals experience traumatic events in their lifetime; however, not all develop PTSD. Those who do develop PTSD often find the way they think and feel has changed. While you may feel alone, many of the symptoms you are experiencing are normal reactions, and there are ways to manage them. In this group, we will NOT be discussing your individual traumatic events, but rather discovering others who can understand. This group will be a safe place to confirm that you are not alone in your reaction to what happened, gain support and learn skills to combat difficult symptoms.

LGBTQI Connections

Mondays, 2:30-4 p.m.
Eight sessions beginning February 20
Group Leader: Lauri Appelbaum, MSW, LICSW

Finding "your people" can be challenging on a university campus, particularly if you are LGBTQI. And when you might also be managing depression, anxiety, stress, relationship and family issues, or anything else that effects your emotional health and sense of who you are, it can make it even harder. This group is for LGBTQI-identified students, a place to come together to discuss issues and challenges, those that are affecting you, your academic work, your relationships, and your emotional and mental health. We’ll explore how we build our sense of wholeness and identities, and how we build connection and a community of support and validation. We'll explore how we do this while facing Homophobia, Sexism, Racism, Xenophobia, AIDSphobia and other issues—on campus, in the community, and in our culture. And, we'll celebrate our hopes, goals, achievements, and our vision for our futures.

Other On-campus Group Counseling Options

Student Counseling Services offers group counseling services and workshops.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I try a group? Will it be as effective as individual therapy?

Group therapy is considered to be one of the most effective forms of treatment for many issues that confront undergraduate and graduate students, such as depression, anxiety, grief/loss, low self-esteem and troubled relationships. Students who try group therapy find that it provides a safe and supportive place to explore their concerns and learn new strategies for overcoming challenges.


Do I have to reveal all my deepest secrets and feelings to the group?

No. You can decide how much and when to share your feelings with the group and no one will force you to share more than you feel comfortable with. Most students are apprehensive about attending a group for the first time and wonder what it will be like to share with people they do not know. However, most find they become more comfortable over time and value the support and feedback they get from their peers. All group members are expected to maintain the confidentiality of the group so everyone can feel safe sharing.


How does group work?

Our groups typically meet for 90 minutes once a week. Some groups meet for most of the semester, while others are short term—four to six sessions. Most groups consist of four to eight members. Process groups provide an environment for students to identify and explore emotions, give and receive support, and practice healthy ways of relating to others. Psychoeducational groups focus on developing skills around a particular concern and often involve discussions and experiential activities to apply the skills you are learning.


How do I get started?

If you are currently a Mental Health Clinic (MHC) client, ask our front desk staff to set up a group screening appointment with a group leader. These screening appointments take place over the phone or in person and typically last 15 to 30 minutes. The screening gives you a chance to ask questions and determine if the group is a good fit for your needs. Students who are new to the MHC should discuss their interest in group during Brief Consultation. Your consultant will arrange for you to meet with the appropriate group therapist for an Intake Appointment. You can also call the group coordinator, Michelle Krypel, at 612-624-1444 with general questions about group therapy.



Michelle Krypel talks about Mental Health Groups offered by Boynton's Mental Health Clinic


Michelle Krypel & Brian Post talk about the Understanding Self and Others Group


Mary Roske-Groth & Van Vu talk about the Managing Your Anxiety Group


Meg Benefield talks about the Building Social Confidence Group


Mary Clark talks about the Practicing Self-Kindness: Tapping Your Innate Strength Group


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