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Group Therapy

Group therapy focuses on developing insight, changing behavior, and improving relationship skills. In the group setting, students struggling with similar concerns can share feedback with each other and learn new ways of coping. In our Group Therapy program, group members meet weekly for 90 minutes with one to two staff therapists throughout the semester. Many groups are offered for the Spring 2019 Academic semester. 

Below are frequently asked questions about our Group Therapy Program. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact our Group Coordinator Carrie Brown, Ph.D. at

What are common issues addressed in group?

  • Anxiety
  • Loneliness
  • Difficulty in social situations
  • Issues related to diversity, inclusion, and social justice
  • Depression
  • Difficulty making friends
  • Frequent arguments with others
  • Difficulty expressing thoughts and feeling
  • Anger
  • Isolation
  • Powerlessness
  • Stress
  • Self-doubt
  • Substance use
  • Feeling invisible or not heard

How can group therapy be helpful?

  • Creates a safe and confidential place to explore relationships and be more honest in one’s sharing.
  • Creates commitment to learning about one’s self and one’s relationships.
  • Provides support and encouragement.
  • Leaders and the other members can help the individual change unproductive patterns by giving feedback about how they perceive you and by offering alternative ways of interacting.
  • The opportunity to practice some of these new options with people who are caring and encouraging.
  • Helps people see that they are not alone in their pain.
  • Receive guidance from each other.

What are students saying about group?

“I am more open and vulnerable. I have learned that there is strength in vulnerability.”

“Group has been an amazing experience for me. If it was not for group, I really do not know where I
would be in life right now."

“I have felt more willing and confident engaging with others in and out of class. I have participated in more activities and done more to organize activities as well."

“The group was super great and useful for me, as it was previous semesters and I am very grateful for the wonderful and extremely thoughtful facilitators that we had."

How many members are in a group?

Groups are facilitated by one or two therapists and the average number of members can range from 5-8 students. Confidentiality is strictly respected.

What are the different types of groups?

Process Groups
Members explore a variety of presenting concerns and increase self-awareness by exchanging genuine and honest feedback. Members practice assertiveness and other interpersonal skills to use in daily life and can develop more positive and meaningful relationships. These groups remain open during the semester until full.

Skills Groups
Members learn certain skills to cope with and manage concerns such as anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, and stress management. Most groups meet throughout the semester and focus on learning skills to use inside and outside of group. Some skills groups are closed to new referrals after the group begins.

Options Education Group
The Options Education Group focuses on the impact of substance use on physiology, perception and decision making. The group also discusses the progression of use and ways to reduce the risk of substance use.

Am I eligible to participate?

Groups are open to all currently enrolled, full-time Syracuse University undergraduate and graduate students.

What groups are available this semester?

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Group
  • Building Resiliency
  • Options Education Group – Alcohol and Other Drug
  • Healthy Mind & Healthy Bodies
  • Sexual Assault Recovery Group
  • Students of Color: Releasing the Invisible Weight
  • Supporting Students with Anxiety
  • Understanding Yourself and Others


How do I join group?

If you are interested in joining a group, visit or call  the counseling center to schedule an in-person initial consultation appointment to discuss group with a therapist. If a group is recommended, the therapist will then take the next steps needed to have you complete the group orientation process.

*If you are currently seeing a therapist at the Counseling Center, talk with your therapist about the different groups offered and how they could benefit you. If group is the right fit for you, your therpist will take the next steps to having you complete a group orientation appointment. 

What is a Group Orientation appointment?

A group orientation appointment, typically is a 30-minute appointment, which allows students to meet with one or both of the group leaders. In this meeting students will gain familiarity with the group experience, leader(s), and logistics. Students use this appointment to ask questions, develop personalized goals, and determine how group will best meet their needs.

Group Therapy Brochures and Flyers Available



If you would like brochures, flyers, or posters for handouts, please contact our Group Coordinator Carrie Brown, Ph.D. - or call our office at 315.443.4715.