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Group Therapy & Workshops

What is the difference between groups and workshops?

Both groups and workshops are powerful treatment modalities. Their power lies in the support and feedback given by other participants as well as by the facilitators. They offer a supportive and affirming space for students to discuss challenges and build connections. Appropriate self-disclosure within groups and workshops may take place at the student’s own comfort level and pace. While joining a group or workshop can feel intimidating, these treatment modalities offer advantages that cannot be found in individual counseling.


  • Mostly focused on the development of resilience and self-awareness.
  • Generally closed format (i.e., maximum number of participants); no session limits.
  • Includes other participants who wish to receive support around a shared identity or lived experience.
  • Requires continuous attendance in order for participants to obtain full benefits.
  • Group facilitators will often screen group members before their joining the group.
  • Requires a referral from an OSCC care coordinator or UCC provider.


Please select a group for more information.


Continuum is a group for students wishing to give and receive support around sexual identity and/or gender identity.  Individuals interested in this group may identify as LGBTQI, or may choose not to subscribe to any particular label or category. Continuum provides a safe, confidential, and affirming environment to discuss identity, community, self-esteem, intimate relationships, family & friendships, and other issues of relevance. The group is also open to other topics, such as depression and anxiety that may not be related to one’s sexual identity or gender identity. This group is for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

If interested, please contact Kyle Shadrick at Co-leaders will conduct a brief meeting with interested students prior to joining the group.

Currently closed to new members


Emotional crises don’t come with instruction manuals, but if they did, it would be a list of distress tolerance skills. The distress tolerance module will focus on skills that will help students navigate intense emotions that threaten to overwhelm. By learning these skills you will be able to survive intense emotions without making the situation worse, and start replacing less effective, and sometimes dangerous, behaviors that were once used to cope.

After the 10 weeks, you will have your own toolkit to pull from whenever you have difficult life circumstances. Open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

Please contact to schedule a brief informational meeting.

Currently closed to new members


The Graduate Process Group is designed to provide a space for graduate students with a broad spectrum of mental health concerns. Group members will offer each other support and feedback in working toward change. Common concerns that may be addressed in this group include: navigating graduate programs and demands, interpersonal relationship difficulties, transiting from graduate school to the work environment, individuation, identity concerns, and work/life balance.

If interested, please contact ciera.v.scott@Vanderbilt.Edu 

Currently closed to new members


Sidelined from your sport due to injury or mental health recovery? The UCC is here to help! Join the Recoup Group for Athlete Recovery, where we provide a space for recovering student-athletes to gain validation of their experiences and a sense of community among other student-athletes. In Recoup Group, we also will discuss roadblocks to the recovery process, such as stigma and barriers to help-seeking, and we will explore methods of engaging in healthy coping as you continue on your road to recovery and greatness in all aspects of life.

How to accessZoom Meeting

If you have any questions, please contact LaToya Favre at latoya.r.favre.1@Vanderbilt.Edu


Rooted in Resilience is a support group, designed for students who have been impacted by interpersonal violence. This could mean experiences of sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, emotional abuse, stalking, harassment, and/or childhood abuse. This group is intended to provide a supportive environment for survivors. Time is spent listening, sharing experiences, sharing challenges associated with trauma, and gaining tools and knowledge as students work toward healing. Group is open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. This group is a collaboration between the University Counseling Center and the Project Safe Center.

If interested in this group, please email No formal referral is required.

Currently closed to new members


The Women’s Group is a process group where participants explore their concerns about relationships, academic and work stress, problems with depression or anxiety, family, life transitions, and communication, among other concerns. This exploration enables participants to work on changing their thinking or behavior patterns in order to make their lives work better, enjoy their lives more fully, and achieve a sense of personal authenticity. In addition, the Women’s Group focuses on the ways in which women’s lives are impacted by societal gender stereotypes and the guilt and shame that can be experienced when we sense that we do not fit certain stereotypes.  An important aspect of this group is the chance to explore here-and-now relationships with the other women in the group, to see how others’ experiences are like your own, and to support and encourage positive change. This group is for graduate and professional students.

If interested, please contact


  • Mostly focused on the development of everyday skills.
  • Workshops tend to be intermittent and take place in series, not requiring continuous attendance.
  • There is no necessary screening (drop-in registrations are welcome).


Please select a workshop for more information.

Tuesday 3PM – 4:30PM (Four-week series beginning March 30th)

Clinical hypnosis is a great way to help you engage in deep relaxation and tap into your mind’s natural resilience. Students will learn more about clinical hypnosis and how you can use it to reduce academic anxiety, tap into your love of learning, and increase your confidence in performing academic goals. Sessions will focus on hypnosis exercises and teaching you how to use hypnosis on your own.

How to access: REGISTER HERE
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact Emma Diaz at emma.diaz@Vanderbilt.Edu

Thursday 3PM – 4:30PM

The Self-Compassion Workshop is a 3-week workshop series in which students will learn about the concept of self-compassion and how to practically incorporate it into their daily lives. This series is designed to help students become less self-critical and respond to their daily struggles with kindness and compassion, rather than judgment and criticism. Each workshop in the series will integrate psychoeducation, hands-on exercises, and interactive discussions to help each member develop strategies and ways of thinking that will serve to increase their overall level of self-compassion and well-being. This group is open to both undergrad and graduate students.

Register Here > First Series (please plan to attend the 3 sequential meetings)

  • February 11th, February 18th, February 25th

Register Here > Second Series (please plan to attend the 3 sequential meetings)

  • March 4th, March 11th, March 18th

Register Here > Third Series (please plan to attend the 3 sequential meetings)

  • March 25th, April 1st, April 8th

Register Here > Fourth Series (please plan to attend the 3 sequential meetings)

  • April 15th, April 22nd, April 29th

Request from workshop facilitators: Please plan to attend the 3 sequential meetings.
Given that the workshop will be presented in three sessions and that the material will build on the skills learned the previous week, we ask that participants make a commitment to attending all three sessions, sequentially.

If you have any questions, please contact Ruth Howard at ruth.howard@Vanderbilt.Edu or Becca Sandhu at rebecca.sandhu@Vanderbilt.Edu

Tuesdays 12PM -1PM 

Dates: June 22nd, July 6th, July 20th, August 3rd

Bring your favorite snack, we’ll bring our favorite skills. This four-week series workshop will help students navigate stress during the busiest times of the semester by learning and practicing new skills. Students are encouraged to attend all four sessions, but not required.


If you have any questions, please contact Brian Pollock at 

Weekly open space that provides easy access to informal, confidential consultations with UCC counselors. Counselors can provide solutions and referrals to other campus and off-campus resources. Appointments are first-come, first-serve, and students may be in the zoom waiting room for up to 15 minutes. Please select a link to join a Drop-in Consultation Zoom Meeting.

The UCC has created the below-mentioned identity-specific Drop-In Consultations—with the understanding of the unique impact that issues such as systemic oppression, racialized trauma, police brutality, COVID-19 health disparities, and other identity-based experiences may have on the emotional wellness of Black, International, and/or LGBTQIA+ students. We hope that our identity-based Drop-In Consultations provide opportunities for our students with these historically minoritized identities, to receive brief support around these concerns in a more overtly affirming space. Black, International, and/or LGBTQIA+ students are always welcome to visit any Drop-In Consultation space, for any non-emergency concern—that’s connected to aspects of their identity, or not. Our Drop-In Consultation providers are happy and ready to be of service to the Vanderbilt student community. We look forward to supporting you!

The Zoom meetings for Drop-In Consultations will not be monitored beyond the dedicated hours for that specific Drop-In Consultation time. If you present to the Zoom meeting for a Drop-In Consultation beyond the dedicated hours for that particular Drop-In Consultation, we encourage you to either:
1) contact UCC Urgent Care at 615-322-2571 if you have an urgent need.
2) plan to attend the next available Drop-In Consultation space that best fits your needs.

Friday 12PM – 1PM


This workshop series is designed to promote expert performance by exploring common issues impacting graduate and professional students and postdocs. During each session, we will briefly cover theory and research on the topic and provide a space for attendees to discuss their related experiences and to gain support and consultation.

February 12th – Perfectionism and “Imposter Syndrome”
February 26th – Motivation, Mindset & Effective Goal Setting
March 12th – Managing Conflict and Relationships
March 26th – Performing under Pressure & Fighting Procrastination
April 9th – Finding Work/Life Balance

Please note: We cap the registration at 20 people to enable more dialogue and conversation around the subject by participants. This is a critical piece of the session as it is always helpful to know you are not the only one struggling with these topics and hear how others are managing. You are not required to speak but it may be helpful in making sure your concerns are addressed. We do not record these sessions for confidentiality reasons.

Zoom link will be sent via email to those who register via Calendly (link below) at least 24 hours before the session.
For sign up links, please visit: Graduate Life Coach Programming, Spring 2021

If you have any questions, please contact one of the following VU staff members:

Transfer Talks is a space for undergraduate, graduate, and professional transfer students to connect around difficulties related to transferring to a new university in a remote environment. It is an opportunity to connect with UCC facilitators, campus staff, and other students for support, psychoeducation, and self-care strategies. Topics include imposter syndrome, belonging and cultivating connection, and perfectionism and self-compassion.

February 23rd --  6pm-7pm: Imposter Syndrome
March 24th -- 6pm-7pm: Belonging & Cultivating Connection
April 15th -- 6pm-7pm: Perfectionism & Self-Compassion