Counseling Center

Group Counseling

Many students who come to the Counseling Center find that their concerns can best be addressed through participation in group counseling. The Counseling Center offers a variety of groups ranging from interpersonal therapy groups to topical groups.

Unless otherwise noted, groups require an intake session and brief meeting with the group leader. Please contact the Counseling Center at 206-543-1240 for more information.

Spring 2019 Group Offerings


  • When: Tuesdays 2:30 ᴘᴍ- 4:00 ᴘᴍ.
  • Who: Graduate students

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.

Men’s Group 

  • When: Mondays 3:30 ᴘᴍ- 5:00 ᴘᴍ or Fridays 3:00 ᴘᴍ- 4:30 ᴘᴍ.
  • Who: Graduate students

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 Mondays

  • WhenMondays, 1:30 ᴘᴍ – 2:00 ᴘᴍ (no meeting during finals week).
  • Who: All students.

Feeling frazzled from balancing all the daily demands of life?

Mindfulness meditation is a practice that helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression and promotes health and well-being by cultivating greater emotional awareness. Come for a 30-minute mindful break to start your week.

Each drop-in class will begin with a brief introduction to mindfulness followed by an experiential guided meditation practice. The intention of the practice is to increase the ability to be present, curb your inner critic, and to create greater mental and emotional space by letting go of the things that have been weighing you down in order to stay grounded and centered.

Please note that this workshop is not professional counseling and you do not need to be an existing client of the Counseling Center to participate. For directions or other questions, please call the UW Counseling Center at (206) 543-1240.

Note: This class is open to all registered UW students and no intake appointment is required. Pre-registration is not required, but please arrive on time to not disrupt other students’ practice.

Understanding Self and Others

  • When: Wednesdays 3:30 ᴘᴍ – 5:00 ᴘᴍ.
  • Who: Undergraduate students.

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.

Women’s Group

  • When: Mondays 3:00 ᴘᴍ – 4:30 ᴘᴍ.
  • Who: Undergraduate and graduate students.

Help students better understand themselves and how they connect with others, particularly related to their lived experiences as women. This small group will share and learn from others about issues that affect their lives in a private, supportive, and empowering environment.

Unless otherwise noted, groups require an intake session and brief meeting with the group leader. Please contact the Counseling Center at 206-543-1240 for more information.