Support and Therapy Groups

Each semester the Center for Student Mental Health and Well-being offers support and therapy groups on a wide-range of topics. Group therapy can be an effective form of treatment for various reasons, including receiving support from others with a similar concern, learning more about the topic through group education, helping to feel not alone, and providing support to others in the group.

During the first group, the group members and the facilitator work together to establish group rules to ensure the safety and privacy of the group. We strongly encourage those who participate in a group to be respectful and maintain the group's confidentiality to strengthen the trust among its members, which ultimately strengthens the trust and participation in group therapy. To maximize your benefit, we encourage all group members to actively participate during group sessions.

If you would like to join a group during the semester we would love to have you! All individuals are encouraged to seek out groups that might help to meet their individual needs and build community. Please note that you may join a group at any time during the semester. 

Fall 2022 Groups

Self-Improvement Groups

The Art of Self-Compassion

Tuesday 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Are you your own worst critic? Sometimes we are kind to others, but not to ourselves. Learn how to love yourself even when you don’t do as well as you had hoped. Build your capacity for resilience and compassion while understanding that you don’t have to be doing better than everyone else to feel good about yourself. Being more self-compassionate can lead to greater happiness, higher motivation, better relationships, and less anxiety and depression.

Contact Sarah Woodruff (smwoodru@mtu.edu) for more information.

Stress & Anxiety Management Groups

Anxiety and Stress Management Support Group

Tuesday 3:00 p.m. - 4 p.m.
This group focuses on strategies to manage anxiety with specific focus on the cognitive aspects that contribute to anxiety problems.

Contact Crystal McLeod at cpmcleod@mtu.edu for more info.

Support Groups

Graduate Student Support Group

Wednesday 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
This group will provide support for graduate students.

Contact Kerri Gilbertson at kbmayra@mtu.edu or Anna McClatchy at ajmcclat@mtu.edu for more information.

Grief and Loss Support

This group is a safe place for individuals to talk and learn how to find a “new normal” after a death or loss in their life with others who face a similar challenge.

Please note that this group requires a prior assessment with a counselor to begin participation. Contact Kerri Gilbertson at kbmayra@mtu.edu to request an assessment. 

Contact Kerri Gilbertson at kbmayra@mtu.edu for more information.

Specialized Skills Groups

Managing Depression

Wednesday 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
A group intended to provide a supportive environment for students living with depression. During weekly meetings, students will discuss experiences and facilitate skill development to help them better manage their depressive symptoms and improve engagement in academics, interpersonal relationships and self-care.

Contact Sarah Woodruff at smwoodru@mtu.edu for more information.

Reduce Your Use

Wednesday 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This group is for students who would like to explore how to feel more in control of their drug and alcohol use. Gain information and support for making healthier decisions around certain harmful behaviors or consequences relating to drugs and alcohol.

Contact Lisa Meyer at lmeyer@mtu.edu for more information.

Special Interest Groups

Board Game Group

Fridays 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. 
Are you worn out at the end of the week and just want to hang out and play a game? Then this group is for you! We will chill and play strategy-based board games. The goal is to relax, meet new friends, and have some fun at the end of a long week of classes. All are welcome!

Location: Library, room 243

Contact Eric Arundel at emarunde@mtu.edu for more information.