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Group Counseling

Group counseling at University Health Services provides students the opportunity to explore and practice skills learned in the therapeutic environment within a group of 4-10 peers and under the supervision of 1-2 University Health Services counselors, typically meeting for 60-90 minutes weekly. Group leaders create a brave space for students to connect with each other, gain insight into their own thoughts and behaviors, and provide feedback and support to others.

Group topics range from exploring relationships and enhancing coping skills to navigating grief or managing anxiety. Students may request to participate in a group through the Group Interest Form and also may be referred to a specific group during one-on-one sessions with a University Health Services counselor. Following a group referral or Group Interest Form submission, group facilitators will meet with the student for a screening process to learn more about the group and determine together if the group is an appropriate fit for the student.

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Group Descriptions

University Health Services offers a variety of group counseling options, including topic-specific groups, support groups and process groups. Learn more about this semester’s offerings in the descriptions below. Most groups fill as the semester progresses, and students may check the Group Interest Form for updated group availability and to submit a request to participate in an open group. University Health Services will contact students via the appointment portal regarding submitted Group Interest Forms and to outline next steps. While waiting to be contacted, students should complete the required paperwork in the portal and enable text messaging alerts for future communications.

University Health Services provide services for all Texas A&M University students. If you do not see a group that fits your needs, please reach out to so we can provide you services that meet your needs.

Spring 2024 Group Schedule

We typically start groups at the beginning of each fall, spring, and summer semester. Click each group for a description and the current semester schedule.

Have you ever felt really drained but didn’t know how to refill yourself? Or been so focused on what you’re self-conscious about that you can’t see your strengths? This weekly group provides a consistent space to reflect on yourself, use various art mediums as a creative outlet and form of coping, and connect with others in the group. We will go through various art activities with prompts throughout the semester, and you will have the opportunity to share your art and your reflections with the group.

  • Tuesdays, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., in-person (CLOSED)

This group is focused on providing a safe space for individuals to process emotions often associated with the loss of a loved one, family member, or friend. The group also focuses on encouraging self-compassion for individuals struggling with the non-linear nature of the grieving process.

  • Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., in-person (CLOSED)

This semi-structured group is designed for those who struggle with feeling worthy, accepting themselves, and understanding what it means to care for themselves. Topics that will be explored include self-esteem, self-compassion, shame/vulnerability, and authenticity. Members will be asked to participate in structured exercises such as journaling and mindfulness.

  • Mondays, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., in-person (CLOSED)
  • Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., in-person (CLOSED)
  • Thursdays, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., via Zoom, engineering students

This group will help students to process their emotions around family concerns, understand their own family structure from a culturally informed perspective, and learn skills to navigate healthy interactions with families. Some topics that may be explored included self-esteem, family of origin, family dynamics, interpersonal conflict, familial pressure, and lack of support system at home.

  • Thursdays, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., in-person (CLOSED)

This group is open to first-generation students of color who would like to process identity related experiences, receive support, and identify resources to support their college experience and success.

  • Tuesdays, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., via Zoom (CLOSED)

This group will focus on self-awareness and attention to one's interpersonal style but is open to students with a large array of presenting concerns, including relationship difficulties, social anxiety, and school-related stressors. While the specific focus of each session will be determined by group members' needs, some of the issues addressed may include relationships, communication styles, boundaries, self-awareness, academic stressors, as well as other general challenges of graduate school and interpersonal process.

  • Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., in-person (CLOSED)

This group provides an affirming space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students to explore issues of concern. Topics often discussed include identity development, coming out to family and friends, relationships and dating, gender transitioning, social stigma, religion, and queer life in College Station.

  • Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., in-person (CLOSED)

This group is designed to help students increase awareness of their personal reactions to stressors, learn anxiety management techniques, practice breathing and relaxation exercises, and gain support from others.  

  • Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., in-person (CLOSED)
  • Tuesdays, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m., in-person at McAllen for McAllen students
  • Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., in-person (CLOSED)
  • Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., via Zoom for Education students
  • Fridays, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.,  in-person (CLOSED)

This support group will examine the many factors that contribute to depression and the ways depression may interfere with academic performance, relationships, self-esteem, and overall satisfaction with life.

Note: If you are having thoughts of suicide, please consult with a University Health Services Counselor on an individual basis first and determine if this group is right for you.

  • Mondays, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., in-person (CLOSED)
  • Tuesdays, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.,  in-person (CLOSED)

This group is designed for students that have been diagnosed with ADHD and/or being treated for ADHD.  The group is designed to be a psycho-educational group focused on:

  • Foundational understanding of the ADHD brain: Rationale for different performance needs, learning styles, and difference from neurotypical individuals
  • Goal setting: Implementing and practicing desired skills to begin change
  • Increasing self-advocacy, study behaviors to increase retention, proficiency, and productivity
  • Interpersonal functioning and coping skills

  • Thursdays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., in-person (CLOSED)

A supportive space for graduate students struggling with the process of writing a dissertation. Group topics include issues of competence, procrastination, anxiety, goal-setting, and bureaucratic struggles.

  • Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., via Zoom

In this group, through interactions with other group members, you will better understand yourself and your relationship patterns, and develop ways of changing these patterns to improve your relationships. You will have opportunities to observe your own and others’ emotions, behaviors, and reactions as they occur.

  • Mondays, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., in-person (CLOSED)
  • Thursdays, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., in-person, male-identified students (CLOSED)

This is a processing space for Black and African American students, where they could unpack the impact of systemic oppression, explore their meaningful identities, relearn and reclaim their humanity, and discuss racial/cultural healing practices.

  • Mondays, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., in-person (CLOSED)

"Group helped me share my thoughts with other people and get feedback from others. It made me realize I'm not alone."