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To participate in group, students will first need to complete an initial assessment at the UK Counseling Center. You may walk in Mon-Thurs from 9 am to 3 pm to do so or call 859-257-8701 to schedule an appointment. Current clients may speak to their counselor about group.

Group therapy

Understanding Self and Others (USO) Groups

USO Groups are designed to help you learn about yourself and how you interact with others. Group members often have a variety of initial concerns, but share a desire to feel better about themselves and their relationships with others. It can be a powerful experience to realize others struggle with the same things as you do. USO groups meet for 1.5 hours each week for the duration of the Fall and Spring semester.

This video link, developed at Wright State University’s Counseling and Wellness Services and used on our website with their permission, provides some general information about group participation that may be helpful as you consider this therapy option.

This link provides information about what you can get out of group therapy and what you can work on.

USO Group Schedule Summer 2015

Wednesday 3-4:30 pm

Friday 1:30-3:00 pm

Anxiety ACTion Group

This group addresses struggles with anxiety and other emotional concerns using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). It focuses on understanding anxiety and personal struggles in new ways and fostering mindful awareness while pursuing a personally meaningful life.

Coming in Fall 2015

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

The CBT group has 4 sessions, and is a structured, interactive, psycho-educational group that meets once per week. The focus is on changing behaviors and thoughts to combat anxiety and/or depression.

Coming in Fall 2015

Decide Your Future Group

Feeling confused and undecided about your major? Struggling in your classes? Unsure about possible career paths? You are not alone! This group will help you with decision-making; identifying interests, skills, and values; exploring potential occupations/majors; and learning more about campus resources.

Coming in Fall 2015

Graduate Student Support Group

The Graduate Student Support Group is a place where graduate students can seek support around any number of issues that are interfering with or an outgrowth of their graduate study. Common discussions include the stress of graduate school; lack of progress or productivity; procrastination; deciding whether or not to stay in a program; problems with advisors or committees; and financial strain, often due to funding issues. Some concerns, such as family or health issues, arise that are not specific to graduate school but impact performance and progress. Many students seek out the group prior to major milestone events such as qualifying exams, dissertation or thesis defenses, and searching for jobs for post graduation employment. The group is fairly unstructured and the topics can vary from meeting to meeting depending on the needs of the students present.

Graduate Student Support Group Schedule

Monday, 4-5 pm Bi-weekly
Friday, 12-1 pm Bi-weekly

Mindfulness Support Group

This group meets for eight sessions, once a week for an hour and a half. The group includes instruction in mindfulness practices (e.g., sitting meditation and self-observation of thoughts). Discussions explore applications of mindfulness in common problems such as stress, depression, chronic pain, anxiety, and emotional reactivity. In general, there is an emphasis on becoming more aware, developing focus, living in the moment, and being non-judgmental. The ultimate goal is to embrace the present, be more compassionate, and experience a sense of inner peace and calm in your daily life. The group is particularly good for those who often find themselves distracted by multiple activities, are obsessive/ruminative, experience anxiety about the future, or feel stuck in the past. Expectations include developing a daily mindful meditation practice and engaging in weekly assignments to integrate concepts into daily life.

Mindfulness Support Group Schedule

Coming Fall in 2015

Social Confidence Group

This group is a four-part series. The group is educational in nature and goes over specific skills such as reading social cues, overcoming initial anxiety, and getting to know others on a meaningful level. It is particularly geared for those individuals who feel socially awkward, find it difficult to initiate conversation, and have trouble meeting friends or dating partners.

Social Confidence Group Schedule

Coming in Fall of 2015

Transgender Support Group


Coming in Fall of 2015



Drop-in Workshops

There are a number of structured, educationally focused workshops and groups that are currently being offered by the UK Counseling Center. All of these groups and workshops are free for fee-paying University of Kentucky students who are enrolled for at least 6 credit hours. You do not need an appointment to attend one of these workshops.

Meditation Hour

Thurs, 3 pm, 203 Frazee Hall

Cultural Coffee Hour

As an international student, it may be exciting to leave your home country to come study in the United States. However, you may also face the challenge of addressing academic and personal concerns as you are exposed to a new culture. You may have some of the same academic and personal concerns as other UK students; however, you may also experience a number of unique challenges that can complicate the process of adjusting to university life and achieving academic goals. Cultural Coffee Hour provides a place for international students to meet other international students who have similar concerns. This space provides an opportunity to learn from one another about adjusting to a new culture and educational system, dealing with different customs, and practice speaking English.

Coming in Fall 2015


Major/Career Decision-Making Workshop

UK's Counseling Center offers Career Decision-Making Workshops to assist students with the college major/career decision making process. The workshop format is 45 minutes of interactive activity that guides students through the steps involved in making important life decisions.

Coming in Fall 2015

Test Anxiety Workshop

This workshop is for students who prepare well for class exams but consistently receive low test scores. Low test scores may be due to many factors such as test anxiety or concentration/focus problems. The workshop facilitator will help students define the problem and develop useful solutions. The workshop will take 45 minutes.

Coming in Fall 2015

Wildcat Wellness Hour

Drop in for an hour of stress relief.

Coming in Fall 2015

Yoga For Relaxation

UK's Counseling Center and Campus Recreation is offering yoga classes for students who are hoping to reduce stress, relieve anxiety, and relax by practicing yoga.

Coming in Fall 2015




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