Group Therapy

Therapy in a group setting can be a productive and supportive way to address common concerns. Students meet as a group with one or more clinicians to explore a specific topic and develop coping skills. Some groups are time limited, while others are ongoing. Group offerings vary each semester and lists are updated at the beginning of the semester. Additional groups may be developed, depending on student interest and staff availability.

Get started: If you are currently meeting with a UH&CS counselor, speak to them directly about a referral to group. If you are not already seeing a UH&CS counselor, stop by our office in 220 Sears Library for a walk-in appointment to establish care and to learn more about our groups. Additional information is available by calling 216.368.5872.


Campus Connections

This group is for students with social anxiety and other social impairments who would like help navigating and connecting to the University campus and community. Topics covered include identifying campus resources, initiating and sustaining healthy relationships, transitioning to residence hall living, learning about campus clubs/organizations, and becoming more independent. No RSVP required! For more information, including location updates, email eboni.porter@case.edu.


Check-In Group

Have you struggled to remain in school because of personal or mental health concerns? Have you had to take time off from school in order to seek treatment? This group is for students who are trying to stay on track academically while also taking care of their emotional, psychological, and mental healthcare needs. Group members offer support and encouragement to each other, share their successes, and address emerging stressors and concerns before they become overwhelming and unmanageable. Meets Fridays, 1 to 2 p.m. Stop by our office in Sears for a walk-in appointment or speak with your therapist directly for a referral.


Grief Support Group

This eight week group is designed for students who have recently experienced the death of a loved one. It is a process-oriented group that invites members to share their feelings of grief and to be supported by other students who have experienced similar losses. It is intended to help break the isolation of grief and provide meaningful tools for coping. Students interested in attending will be invited to an individual one-time session with the group facilitator to discuss the group in further detail and to determine if the group is a good fit. Wednesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. beginning September 26. Stop by our office in Sears for a walk-in appointment or speak to your therapist directly for a referral.


Hot Mess Express

Need to regulate your sleep schedule? Struggling with procrastination? Difficulty creating a work-life balance? Get back on track with the Hot Mess Express. Attendees of this 10-week Executive Functioning Group will gain an understanding of how their brain works and receive practical approaches regarding positive self-care, sticking with tasks, improving focus and attention, and much more! Lacking Focus and Attention Attendees of this 10-week Executive Functioning Group will gain an understanding of how their brain works and receive practical approaches regarding positive self-care, sticking with tasks, improving focus and attention, and much more! Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, including location updates, email EFGroup@case.edu.


Interpersonal Process Group

This group is for students who want to better understand themselves and their relationships with others. Participants identify specific goals they want to achieve to improve their social lives, such as managing conflicts, communicating directly and assertively, making connections with new acquaintances, coping with loneliness, improving trust in others, increasing self-esteem, and establishing interpersonal boundaries.

Each member of the group has the opportunity to ask for feedback on their own goals, as well as to offer feedback to other members. Rather than focusing on the past, this group seeks to cultivate a supportive, here-and-now environment to foster healthy self-concepts and social skills.


Mood and Food

Mood and Food is designed for students who are struggling to cultivate a healthier relationship food, their bodies, and themselves. Whether you are struggling with restrictive and over controlled eating, binge eating, purging behaviors, excessive exercise, negative body image, and/or an unhealthy connection between your self-worth and your relationship with food or apearance, Mood and Food will provide you with a safe space to explore your feelings and get support. Topics will include eating disorder psychoeducation, nutrition and moderation, diet culture, body image, perfectionism, learning your triggers, and increasing self-esteem, with an overall focus on developing effective coping skills. Meets on Thursdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.. Stop by our office in Sears for a walk-in appointment or speak to your therapist directly for a referral.


Partners of Medical School Students

This informal group is for spouses and partners of students that attend Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Lerner Medical School, CWRU School of Dental Medicine, and the Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine. Participants meet regularly to share experiences and to support each other in a comfortable social atmosphere.


Resilience Enhancement Group

The group is for students who are interested in changing patterns of behavior that are no longer helpful. Here you will learn skills to effectively manage stress, anxiety, and other distressing emotions through an approach based in mindfulness that balances self-acceptance with change. Distress, emotional pain, interpersonal difficulties, and behavioral problems such as over- or under-eating, using substances, self-injuring, losing control, or "using-up" relationships can make it incredibly difficult to function. In this group, we target the issues that cause distress and promote coping skills that can be used in place of previously established self-defeating behaviors within a framework of acceptance - we are doing the best we can, even though we may need to learn ways that work better. Stop by our office in Sears for a walk-in appointment or speak with your therapist directly for a referral.


Support Group for Women Earning PhDs

This support group is offered for students who identify as female and want to come together to explore and process the challenges and struggles of being a in a PhD program. Here we discuss ways to balance school and personal life; manage relationships with advisors and peers; and improving self-confidence and self-efficacy. Meets on Fridays from 10:45 a.m. to noon. Stop by our office in Sears for a walk-in appointment or speak with your therapist directly for a referral.


Support for Supporters

This group is for students who grew up in households where chronic illness, mental illness, addiction or other sorts of dysfunction played a shaping role in how they view themselves and the world. Students in this group learn new patterns of relating, healthy boundary setting, and improve their sense of self-worth.


Stress Management Group

A moderate amount of stress is customary for most of us, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. However, when daily stress accumulates beyond your personal threshold, it can lead to a harmful state of chronic anxiety. Learn how to manage your stress in a healthy way using mindfulness meditation, cognitive-behavioral strategies, and group support. Identify your personal goals for wellness and stress-reduction, and use the group to keep you on track.