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If you are a new client at the UK Counseling Center, you will first need to complete an Initial Consultation if you would like to participate in groups that are not listed as "drop-in." You may call 859-257-8701 to schedule an appointment, M-F, 8 am-4:30 pm or schedule online at https://www.uky.edu/counselingcenter/schedule-your-first-appointment. Current clients may speak to their clinician about group.

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:

 

Therapy Groups

 
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.

Fall 2022: 
Thursday 10:30 am-12:00 pm   VIRTUAL 
Friday 1:30-3 pm    IN-PERSON

USO for Graduate/Professional Students

Fall 2022
Wednesday 2:30-4 pm    IN-PERSON
 

Skill-Building Groups 

ACTive Living

Designed for students experiencing symptoms of depression, this group helps students recognize how rumination and avoidance contribute to a negative self-concept and maintenance of their symptoms while equipping them with skills to engage in valued living.

All sessions VIRTUAL
Tuesday - Sep 27-Nov 8, 3-4pm 
Monday - Oct 31-Dec 5, 3-4pm 
 

Anxiety ACTion Group

Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, this group incorporates mindfulness and stress management strategies to teach participants new ways to understand anxiety and other emotional concerns.

Fall 2022:
Tuesday - Sep 13-Oct 4, 1-2:30pm VIRTUAL
Thursday - Sep 29-Oct 20, 1-2:30pm IN-PERSON
Thursday - Oct 13-Nov 3, 10-11:30am VIRTUAL
Wednesday - Oct 26-Nov 16, 12-1:30pm IN-PERSON
Monday - Nov 7-Nov 28, 1-2:30pm VIRTUAL
 
 

Writing Your Way to a Healthy Life: The Journal as Mindfulness

This group is for students who want to begin or deepen a mindful-ness practice and learn to use journal writing to enhance physical and mental health. Focuses on learning various types of writing: reflective, expressive, spontaneous, contemplative, and more. Members are not required to read from their journal or to have a daily practice.
 
All sessions VIRTUAL
Tuesday - Sep 27-Oct 25, 5-6:30pm 
Tuesday - Nov 1-Nov 29, 5-6:30pm 

Support Groups

ADHD Support Group

Students face new challenges at the college level, and in this group students with ADHD/ADD diagnoses and symptoms will deepen their understanding of those challenges and learn strategies to meet them.

Fall 2022:
All sessions VIRTUAL
Wednesday - Sep 28-Oct 26, 2-3:30pm
Wednesday - Nov 2-Nov 30, 2-3:30pm

Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) Graduate and Professional Student Support Group

A connecting and uplifting space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in graduate and professional programs.

Fall 2022:
All sessions VIRTUAL
Monday, 3-4 pm
 

Eating Concerns Support Group

An inclusive space for students to receive support, accountability, and connection as it relates to food, movement, and their body journey.

Fall 2022:
All sessions IN-PERSON
Tuesday 3-4pm 
 

Graduate and Professional 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. To join a group, please schedule an initial consultation on the home page, calling 859-257-8701, or talk with your current UKCC clinician. 

Fall 2022:
All sessions VIRTUAL
Tuesday 5:30-6:45 pm

 

Grief Group

Come and receive support if you are struggling with the aftermath of either a recent or past loss.

Fall 2022:
All sessions VIRTUAL
Tuesday 2:30-3:30 pm
 

Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming Support Group

This group is open to any UK student seeking support and community connection around gender identity and gender expression.

Fall 2022
All sessions IN-PERSON
Tuesday 4-5 pm 

 

Unique Perspectives

This is a support group is for individuals who are diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, having autistic traits (do not have to have a formal diagnosis) or who have significant social anxiety.  Members can talk about their experiences, hear from others about common struggles, report on successes, provide suggestions and resources, and even ask for feedback and input from the co-leaders and other participants.  They can also learn and practice skills.  Topics from the past have included difficulty relating to other people's humor, sensory sensitivities, managing emotions, specific interests (e.g., anime), misreading nonverbal cues, difficulty developing friendships, and dating.  Different than some other groups (like therapy groups), members are encouraged to form connections with each other and socialize outside of the group as they feel comfortable.   

Fall 2022:
All sessions VIRTUAL
Thursday 3:30-4:30 pm