Counseling Center

Group Counseling

Groups typically do not run during summer quarter.
Many students who come to the Counseling Center find that their concerns can best be addressed through participation in group counseling. Most quarters, the Center offers a variety of groups ranging from interpersonal therapy groups to topical groups. Groups require an intake session and brief meeting with the group leader. Please contact the Counseling Center for more information, 206-543-1240.

Previous offerings have included:

  • Beyond Labels: A group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, and other non-heteronormative oriented students. Designed for individuals who want to talk with supportive others in a private location who share their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or related interests or concerns.
  • Chewa: This interpersonal and support group is open to Brown and Black self-identified women who are also graduate students (undergraduate students will also be considered for this group as space permits). The focus of the group will be to address concerns utilizing a multicultural lens. Topics to be discussed and processed are managing stress, cross-cultural communication, communicating with advisors, the experience of being a student of color at a PWI (predominantly White institution), micro/macro-aggressions, family responsibilities and dynamics, imposter syndrome, the sociopolitical global climate, etc. Interventions to be used include support-giving, storytelling, interpersonal processing, mindfulness, play and art therapy.
  • Countering Stress Through Mindfulness. The goal of the workshop is to provide an understanding of how acting on “automatic pilot” can lead to increased stress, anxiety, and distress; and to empower students with the tools to become more aware and mindful of their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. The group will include in-session teachings, and practice of multiple forms of mindfulness – as well as suggested exercises for students to complete on their own, to support the development of regular mindfulness practices in their lives.
  • Men’s Group: A group to increase self-understanding and to improve relationship skills. Relationships can be stressful and a men’s group can offer a non-judgmental way of sorting through these concerns. You may be surprised to find that the other men in the group wrestle with some of the same problems you do. By sharing different perspectives on familiar issues each member can find a new sense of strength within and ease in their relationships.
  • Mindfulness Group: An interactive psychoeducational group to help decrease stress and anxiety, and increase self-awareness by empowering students with tools to become more aware and mindful of their thoughts, emotions and experiences.  Includes in-session teachings, mindfulness practices, discussions and suggested exercises for students to complete on their own.
  • Phoenix Rising: A therapy group for students who are survivors of sexual trauma experienced in childhood or as adults. The goal of this group is to provide a healing, empowering, and safe space for survivors to process the impact of trauma, and to discuss and receive support around a range of issues including relationships, intimacy, sexuality, safety, mind-body awareness, balance, communication, and trust. Students are asked to schedule a pre-group meeting with Beth and Linda (contact us at 206-543-1240) to determine if the group is an appropriate match for where they are in the healing process.
  • Understanding Self and Others: This is a group for undergrads who are looking for a safe place to connect with others by sharing personal experiences.  Find new ways to understand yourself and your relationships by gaining perspectives from others. Experience an opportunity to practice new, more engaged ways of relating to others, being authentic and giving and receiving support.

Group offerings in prior years have included:

  • Student of Color Support and Empowerment Group: A support group for students of color who are often navigating a complex and difficult college environment. The focus of this group is on creating a space for students of color to connect over experiences of discrimination/oppression/racism, support one another, and gain wisdom and energy from each other. Topics covered in the group will vary based on the members’ preferences, but some examples include but are not limited to: microaggressions, pressure to prove yourself, feeling like you don’t fit in, discrimination, first-generation college student, family issues, and academic issues/concerns, romantic relationships, sexism, racism, imposter syndrome, stereotype threat, self-awareness, self-esteem, emotional health issues and other stressors related to being a person of color in this university environment.
  • Caring Connections: A support group for students who experience a recent or not so recent loss of loved ones, to facilitate their grieving and healing process.
  • Cope and Thrive: This group is a workshop format that teaches you skills to communicate more effectively and improve your interpersonal relationships. You can learn mindfulness and relaxation; assertiveness and setting boundaries; emotion management and coping; and making adaptive behavioral decisions.
  • Culture, Diversity, and Belonging: Provides a supportive place for international undergraduate and graduate students of all genders to connect and share topics ranging from cultural adjustment, academic stress, major/career considerations, time management, romantic & interpersonal relationships, and self-growth. Additional topics identified by group members can also be discussed to promote a more successful academic life.
  • Women’s Group: This small group is designed for graduate women needing a supportive space to explore unique challenges in managing life with many (often competing) demands and roles. Themes may include: relationship difficulties, self-esteem concerns, navigating emotions, and striving for life balance. Members are able to share their stories/experiences, as well as receive support and feedback from other women in a private environment that is safe and empowering. The group is open and welcoming of women who are diverse across all social identities.