If you are a new client at the UK Counseling Center, you will first need to complete an Initial Assessment if you would like to participate in groups that are not listed as "drop-in." You may walk in Mon-Thurs from 9am to 3pm for an Initial Assessment or call 859-257-8701 to schedule an appointment. Current clients may speak to their counselor about group.


Download our Fall 2017 groups and workshops flyer  

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 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.


Please also read these two documents that provide information about what you can get out of interpersonal group therapy and what you can work on:

How to Get the Most Out of Group Therapy

Group as a Laboratory

USO Group Availability Fall 2017:
Monday: 12:30 pm-2:00 pm and 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
Tuesday: 12:30 pm-2:00 pm, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
Wednesday: 2:00 pm-3:30 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
Friday: 1:30 pm- 3:00 pm


Additional Groups for Fall 2017 

Anxiety ACTion Group (requires an initial assessment)

The Anxiety ACTion group addresses struggles with anxiety and other emotional concerns using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The group includes incorporating mindfulness practice and stress management strategies for coping with anxiety while learning new ways to understand anxiety and your personal relationship with your struggles. The group emphasizes mindful awareness of both struggles and personal goals and values, while pursuing a personally meaningful life through goal-directed actions that help to manage anxiety symptoms and create positive experiences.Download Anxiety ACTion Flyer

Group Availability Fall 2017 :
Monday 2:00 pm-3:45 pm (runs October 2 - December 4th)
Tuesday: 2:00 pm-3:45 pm (runs October 3 - December 5th)
Thursday: 3:00 pm-4:45 pm (runs October 5 - December 7th)


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (requires an initial assessment)

The CBT group includes 4 sessions and is a structured, interactive, psycho-educational group that meets once per week. The focus is on changing be-haviors and thoughts to combat anxiety and/or depression. Download CBT Group Flyer

Group Availability Fall 2017
Friday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Novenber 10 - December 8th)


Cultural Coffee Hour (*drop-in) Returning Spring 2018

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. 

Group Availability:  returning Spring 2018
Friday: 12:30pm-1:30pm, Room 201


Graduate and Professional Student Support Group (requires an intial assessment)

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.

Group Availability Fall 2017:
Wednesdays: 5:30 pm-6:30 pm  (fall semester), Room 201


Present and Aware Mindfulness Group (requires an intial assessment)

The Mindfulness Group is an 8-session group that meets once a week for an hour and a half. The group involves experiential learning, instruction and discussion around mindfulness practices (e.g., sitting meditation and self-observation of thoughts). The group is based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, which also incorporates cognitive therapy strategies of becoming aware of and working with negative thought patterns.  Discussions explore applications of mindfulness in common problems such as stress, depression, chronic pain, anxiety, distraction 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, face circumstances that seems out of one's control, are obsessive/ruminative, experience anxiety about the future, or feel stuck in the past. Expectations include regular attendance, developing a daily mindful meditation practice, and engaging in weekly out-of-session practice to integrate concepts into daily life. Download Mindfulness Group Flyer. 

Group Availability Fall 2017
Thursday: 3:00 pm-4:30 pm (September 21 - December 7th)


OCD Group (requires an initial assessment) Returning spring 2018

This group is specifically for students with a diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The group will teach students to understand OCD tendencies better and learn strategies for managing intrusive thoughts and/or compulsive actions. The group will use research-based behavioral strategies of exposure and response prevention to learn new ways of thinking and acting that are consistent with healthy functioning and personal goals.  

Group Availability - Returning Spring 2018:
Friday: 2pm-3:30pm (currently running)


Plain Talk Tuesdays/People of Color Support Group (*drop-in) Returning Spring 2018

This group is for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students of color who would like to get and give support with other people of color. Topics include relationships, academics, family, oppression, health, and others.  

Group Availability - Returning Spring 2018:
Tuesdays: 12pm (Location: Ezra Gillis Building Suite 10)


Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming Support Group (requires an initial assessment)

This group is open to any UK student needing support around gender identity and gender expression. Download the Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming Group Flyer. 

Group Availability Fall 2017:
Tuesday: 4:30 pm-5:30 pm, room 201A


Unique Perspectives Group: (requires an initial assessment)

This group is for students who are either on the Autism spectrum or struggle with similar issues.  Members often discuss difficulties connecting with others, issues with being labeled or misunderstood, problems in social interactions, managing emotional reactions, academic challenges, social anxiety or other struggles that connect to being on the Autism spectrum or having these autistic tendencies. The group combines support and skill-building. 

Group Availability:
Wednesday 1:00 pm-2:00 pm (runs September 6 - December 6th)


Wise Minds Group (requires an initial assessment)

This group uses DBT skills to help students who are feeling overwhelmed with their lives and emotions. Students will learn coping skills in a supportive environment. 

Group Availability Fall 2017:

Tuesday: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm  (runs September 26 - November 14th), room 201A
Wednesday: 3:00 - 4:30 pm (runs October 11 - December 6th), room 201A