Group Therapy

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Group Therapy


Each semester, the Center for Counseling and Student Development (CCSD) offers a variety of therapy groups as an effective and efficient treatment to address your concerns and meet your goals.


If you are already working with one of our counselors, call us or let your counselor know you are interested in a group. New clients can stop by our front desk during business hours for an initial triage appointment and referral to a group.


Some groups conduct a "group screen," an appointment where you will learn more about the group in order to ensure it is a good fit for you.

Center for Counseling and Student Development
Warner Hall, Suite 201
280 The Green

Hours of Operation:
Monday–Friday, 8:30–4:30 p.m.
Last appointment taken at 4 p.m.

More Locations and Hours

Spring 2024 Group Sessions

Registration required

Please fill out the registration form above if you are interested in the following group sessions. Spaces are limited.

Snack Group

Facilitated by Michele Juarez-Huffaker, Ph.D. and Amy Wilcoxon, RD

Struggling with finding a snack you feel comfortable eating alone or with friends? Come to this workshop designed to help you feel more comfortable incorporating snacks into your life. We will provide the snacks, mindfulness activity, the support and a safe, non-judgmental environment.

Mondays, 3–4 p.m., weekly from April 1–15


Reclaim Life from Anxiety

Facilitated by Ron Chau, M.A. and Janessa Brown, M.S.

Reclaim Life from Anxiety is a five-week skills-building group, based on concepts from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and well-being science. Group members will learn new, positive ways to address anxiety, pursue a life with meaning and purpose, and improve overall wellbeing.

Tuesdays, 3:30–4:30 p.m., weekly from March 5 through the end of the semester


Koru Mindfulness

Facilitated by Michele Juarez-Huffaker Ph.D. and DJ Katella, B.S.

Mindfulness can improve sleep, reduce stress and improve self-esteem and compassion. Come to this four-part workshop series and improve your life by learning how to meditate. This workshop is designed for beginners.

Fridays, 10–11:15 a.m., weekly from February 23–March 15

Registration for Koru Mindfulness is CLOSED for spring semester. Koru Mindfulness will be offered again this fall semester!

Pre-screening required

Students must attend a pre-screening to participate in the following group sessions. If you are interested, please fill out our registration form and staff will be in touch to schedule an initial triage appointment.

Graduate Student Understanding Self and Others Therapy Group

Facilitated by Michele Juarez-Huffaker, Ph.D. and Sherri Brunner, M.A.

Meet other graduate students in this therapy group, who will help you understand your relational style and how you relate to yourself.

Common topics include coping with depression, anxiety, navigating challenging relationships, setting healthy boundaries with others, and living a more authentic and value driven life.

Mondays, 8:30–10 a.m. and Wednesdays, 4–5:30 p.m., from February 14 through the end of the semester


First Steps Forward

Facilitated by Ashley Harriz, LPCMH, NCC

Do you struggle with symptoms related to trauma? Would you like to gain a better understanding of yourself and how to cope? Join us for our four-session weekly series on how trauma impacts the brain, building positive coping skills and more.

Thursdays, 1–2 p.m., from March 5 through the end of the semester


Open Art Studio

Facilitated by Ashley Kraemer, M.S., LPCMH, ATR, CCTP-I

Join us in an art-based, creative processing group. This is an invitation for you to explore, process and express yourself through art making. No background nor expertise in art are required; all are welcome!

Thursdays, 3–4:30 p.m., weekly from April 4–25

Register by Thursday, March 14.


Lavender Chats

Facilitated by Katie Bekkeli, Psy.D., LP, ABPP and Allison Coyne, M.A.

Lavender Chats is a support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender non-conforming, queer, asexual and intersex students.

At Lavender Chats, you will find a safe space to seek support with relationships, family and friends, coming out, transitioning, questioning, and identity development, as well as get information and connect with others.

Tuesdays and Fridays, 3–4 p.m., weekly from February 16 through the end of the semester

Benefits of Group Therapy

Group therapy can help students build deeper and more satisfying relationships, develop skills to better cope with emotions, increase their sense of belonging and decrease feelings of isolation and loneliness, and increase students' assertiveness skills and independence.

Students participating in our groups report these benefits:

  • Getting multiple perspectives and support of others who can relate to and empathize with them.
  • Connecting with others that understand them.
  • Not feeling as alone in the world or at UD.
  • Getting to practice their goals with others and getting honest and supportive feedback.
  • Feeling more motivated to work on and accomplish their therapy goals, as group meetings help keep them accountable.
  • Getting a lot of skills in a short amount of time to help them better cope.
  • Feeling more prepared and getting more from individual therapy.