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Group Counseling

What is Group Therapy?

For many emotional and relationship issues college students face, group therapy is the best treatment choice. Group offers the unique opportunity to learn and change through interaction and to provide a support system for members. At MU, we offer a wide array of groups to address the needs of our students.

Group therapy provides you with the opportunity to address your current concerns, to connect with others experiencing similar issues, to learn and try new behaviors, and to increase your self-awareness.

It is common to feel anxious when thinking about joining a group. This is a normal response; for many people it is difficult to share personal thoughts and concerns with others, particularly when you begin as “strangers.” Once the group progresses, however, you will likely develop feelings of trust and over time, you will likely feel more comfortable disclosing in the group. Learning about yourself in these ways usually has a positive effect on your relationships and can improve your quality of life. To learn more about group therapy, please watch this video, developed by Wright State University’s Counseling and Wellness Services and used on our website with their permission.

Counseling Center Groups

New groups form each semester and most have limited openings. Groups meet on a weekly basis and run for the length of the semester. If you have are interested in a group and/or have any questions about our groups, please contact Dr. Angela Soth McNett, the Group Therapy Program Coordinator, at 573-882-6601.

In most cases, before joining a group, students meet with the group leaders to determine if a particular group is a good fit for them.

Summer 2018 Therapy Group Schedule

Please note, most groups fill early in the semester and will not accept new members until the next semester. However, some groups remain open, please contact the Counseling Center for information about the availability of specific groups.

Before joining most groups you will meet with group facilitators to discuss your needs and determine whether the group is a good fit for helping you meet your goals.


Interpersonal Process Group

Tuesday, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

This is a process oriented group helping members with interpersonal skills, increased expression of emotion, understanding social dynamics, and gaining a greater awareness of one’s self. Members will have a safe place to explore feelings and thoughts, give and receive support and feedback, and practice healthier ways of relating to themselves and others.

Graduate/Nontraditional Student Groups

Thursday, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

This therapy group for graduate and -traditional students will help students work through difficulties they face as well as help them to build strengths and skills to interact more effectively with others. Goals of the group include establishing a supportive community, sharing your struggles, and supporting others in their individual challenges. Examples of topics discussed may include: creating balance between school, personal, and work demands; finding and maintaining motivation and momentum; dealing with time management, perfectionism, procrastination; and learning more effective ways to interact with others.

Taming the Anxious Mind

Monday, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

This will be a 6-week workshop style group that focuses on learning strategies for managing anxiety. We will provide psycho-education about anxiety as well as focus on building skills for coping with the symptoms of anxiety. The first two weeks will focus on skills to manage the physiological effects of anxiety. The second two weeks will focus on managing the cognitive symptoms of anxiety, and the final two weeks will focus on building behavioral strategies to cope with anxiety.

Looking ahead to Fall 2018

Overcoming Obstacles through Creative Expression

This group will return in the fall

Creative expression through art enhances well-being, increases self-awareness and self-esteem, helps with problem solving, self-expression and stress reduction. The Overcoming Obstacles 8-week group will engage clients in weekly expressive art activities as well as allow time for group processing and support. If you are a work in progress and are hoping to discover more about yourself, solidify goals, work on personal development, address difficult relationships or life experiences, or gain insight into a particular challenge, this may be the group for you! (Examples include assertiveness, authenticity, and self-acceptance, and more). No artistic experience is necessary or required – this is about the artistic process not a finished product.

Mind Over Mood

This group will return in the fall

Mind Over Mood is a five week skills therapy group designed to teach students specific skills to manage the symptoms often associated with depression and anxiety. These skills will include strategies to help students manage difficult emotion without avoidance, to engage more fully in the here-and-now, and learn different ways to interact with their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that will help them be able to engage more in their lives. Through utilizing skills, students can come to understand themselves better and live lives of meaning and purpose.

Relational Support Group

This group will return in the fall.

This is a support group for clients who struggle with family, social and romantic relationships. This group can help students work through difficulties they have faced within these relationships as well as build strengths and skills to interact more effectively with others.

People of Color Support Group

This group will return in the fall.

The People of Color (POC) support group serves as a way to openly engage in dialogues around what it means to be a person of color on this campus. This group serves to empower students and ultimately serves as an outlet for people of color to come together weekly to enhance their success at Mizzou.

Recovering from Grief and Loss Group

This group will return in the fall.

This group will explore the reactions and feelings associated with grief and loss. We will explore the factors that benefit and hinder grief recovery. Students will have the opportunity to participate in exercises and discussions that are designed to assist them in overcoming their losses.