Group Counseling

Many times people only think about individual counseling to help them with their challenging personal issues. Although groups aren't for everyone, there are some distinct advantages to participating in a group:

Feel more connected

Often people enter counseling believing that their problems are unique. Groups provide the opportunity for participants to see that they are "part of the human race". There is not a thought or an action that is fully outside of the experience of others. A group experience has the potential of helping people feel less alone and less "different" from others.

Explore issues

In group counseling, members are given the opportunity to receive support, reassurance, suggestions, and insights from other members. This occurs in a small group setting, where members agree to keep what is said confidential. This atmosphere of safety helps members take the necessary risks to explore their concerns.

Gain Insight

Group counseling can help participants feel hopeful about making and maintaining changes in their lives or in themselves. People tend to have patterns of behavior or ways of interacting that repeat themselves across different relationships. Usually these patterns come from our experiences growing up. A group allows these patterns to become more visible because of the opportunity to interact with several different people. When these patterns become more visible, the group member can make desired changes.

Learn new skills

As group members learn about their patterns of behavior, they also learn new behaviors and skills that can help them become more effective in relationships. A group counseling setting is a safe place in which to "try out" these new skills, and get both support and positive feedback from others. Groups provide an opportunity to observe the improvement other members make, and also to learn how people with similar concerns may have coped with them in more effective ways.

Help others grow

Just as the individual in a group benefits from insights given from other members, s/he is allowed the opportunity to give to other group members. Helping others with their issues and concerns, and becoming important to others, usually raises a person's self-esteem.

Spring Semester Groups 2014 

Counseling and Psychological Services is pleased to announce our group offerings for spring semester. If you are interested in participating in one of these groups or would like more information, please call 651-962-6780 or email the facilitators.  A brief screening/intake interview is required. 

ACT/Tools for Managing Emotions Group - Start Date February 11 

Attend our first ever workshop series to learn tips and tools for managing your emotions. 

Within a supportive peer environment, students will develop skills in mindfulness and cognitive and behavioral strategies to address life stress in a positive way. The group will meet Tuesdays from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in MHC 370 and will be led by Jackie Henry   

Eating Disorder Recovery Group – Start Date February 6 

This is a group for women who are interested in maintaining their recovery from anorexia, bulimia, or disordered eating. Through talking with others, creative activity, and personal reflection, students will support each other, develop healthier body image and, in turn, stronger self-image. The group meets in room 370 Murray Herrick Hall on Thursdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. Please contact Deb Broderick or Naomi Scott for more information, or call 651-962-6780. 

Grief and Loss Group – Start Date February 11 

The Grief and Loss Support Group provides a confidential and safe space for members to explore powerful (and potentially difficult) emotions related to grief and loss. The group meets on Tuesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in 370 MHC and will be led by Naomi Scott 

Relationships Groups  

(4 separate groups, 10 weeks each. Pick the day and time that work best for you!) 

How do you relate to the people in your life? Ever wonder how others see you? Get feedback and ideas for addressing these questions and enhance your personal relationships, increase self-awareness, and strengthen communication skills. These groups meet in Murray Herrick Hall, room 370. 

Group 1: Mondays from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Leader: Sarah Dahl  Start Date March 3

Group 2: Wednesdays from noon-1:00 p.m.   Co-leaders: Steve Maurer and Barb Bindgen  Start Date March 5

Group 3: Wednesdays  from3:00 – 4:00 p.m.   Co-leaders:  Naomi Scott and Sarah Armstrong Start Date February 12

Group 4: Thursdays from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Co-leaders:  Sarah Dahl and Jackie Henry Start Date February 13

Smoking Cessation Group – Start Date TBD 

Interested in quitting smoking?  Together with others looking forward to a smoke-free future, students will receive tools and information to help them in their quitting journey. This group will meet Wednesdays from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. and will be co-led by Sarah Dahl and Jackie Henry

Contact Us

St. Paul Location

Location: MHC 356
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Fax: 651-962-6775


Mail Box: Mail #4040

Hours: M-F: 8:00am - 4:30 pm

Minneapolis Location

Suite 110
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
(1st floor of TMH)

Phone: 651-962-4763

Mon: 8:00am - 3:00 pm
Tue: 8:00am - 6:00 pm
W-F: 8:00am - 4:30pm
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