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Group Therapy

What is group therapy?

Group therapy is a powerful treatment modality. The power of group lies in the support and feedback given by other group members as well as by the therapists. Groups generally consist of between five and eleven members, and are led by one or two therapists. While joining a group can feel intimidating, many mental health professionals believe group treatment offers advantages which cannot be found in individual counseling or therapy. Students are never coerced to speak about any issues they wish to remain private. There are no limits to the number of group therapy sessions a student can attend.

What types of groups are offered?

We offer a variety of groups focusing on different topics. Fall 2020 semester groups are shown below. New groups are often developed as needed. Please call the UCC at (615) 322-2571 to suggest additional topics.

Do I need a referral to join group therapy?

Most groups require referrals by the Office of Student Care Coordination and/or your individual UCC provider. However, some groups are available to drop-in clients and no referral is necessary. The drop-in groups are identified below.


Fall 2020 Groups

Continuum: LGBTQI+ Support Group | Drop-in/open group
Thursday 4PM – 5:30PM

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

DBT Group: Building your best life
Thursday 3PM – 4:30 PM

Emotion Regulation skills– This workshop will help you learn how to manage and cope with difficult emotions such as anger, fear, sadness, resentment without causing more problems.

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.

Graduate & Professional Process Group 
Wednesday 3PM – 4:30 PM

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 

rooted in resilience
Wednesday 7:30pm – 8:30pm

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

Women’s Group 
Tuesday 3PM – 4:30 PM

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 to 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