Counseling Center


Fall 2019

Thanks for your interest in our groups! Group therapy is as or more effective than individual therapy. Group therapy has many unique benefits including:

  • Same time, same place each week
  • Connect with people who get it
  • Not being alone with your problems
  • Hearing from multiple perspectives
  • Creating a healing community for support
  • Learn from others and about yourself
  • Practice asking for what you need
  • Hear from others about what works for them
  • Apply what you learn outside of group

For more information on what to expect in group therapy, check out this short video: An Introduction to Group Therapy.

Call the Counseling Center at (216) 687-2277 to register & for further information. Or, email our group coordinator Dr. Brittany Sommers at

  • Connections

Experience connection and improve relationships with others. This is an ongoing group. Please call to schedule a pre-meeting with one of the facilitators.

  • Getting Unstuck

Learn tools to recognize and manage depressive symptoms. This 3-session workshop meets repeatedly throughout the semester. Please call to register.

  • International Student Conversation Hour

Engage with other international students around topics of concern. This is an ongoing group| Meets in CISP, BH 412. Feel free to drop in!

  • LGBTQ+ Student Support Hour

Engage with other LGBT+ students and allies around topics of concern. This is an ongoing group and meets in UN220. Feel free to drop in!

  • Recognition, Insight, Openness (RIO) Group

Practice mindfulness skills to recognize and respond to stress. This 3-session workshop meets repeatedly throughout the semester. Please call to register.

  • Sista to Sista Power Hour

Offering empowerment and support while discussing issues facing Black women. This is an ongoing group and meets in Black Studies, BH 137.  Feel free to drop in!

  • Taming the Anxious Mind

Improve coping skills for responding to anxious thoughts. This is an 8-week group.  Please call to schedule a pre-meeting with one of the facilitators.

  • Trans* Student Support

Engage with other trans* and questioning students around topics of concern. This is an ongoing group and meets in UN 220. Feel free to drop in!

  • Wise Minds: Building Skills for Acceptance and Change

Develop coping skills for overwhelming emotions. Based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy. This is an ongoing group. Please call to schedule a pre-meeting with one of the facilitators.

Please watch this video: An Introduction to Group Therapy

Group Therapy FAQs

  • What is group counseling?

    Group counseling is often similar to individual counseling, but it occurs in a group format. There are typically one or two counselors who facilitate the group. There are typically 4-10 group members and, depending on the group, they often have similar concerns (e.g. anxiety, LGBTQ+ concerns, grief, etc.). Groups typically meet once a week and meetings usually last for an hour to an hour and a half. Some groups are limited in how many times they meet while others are more open-ended. Groups are typically held at CSU’s Counseling Center in Union Building 220 and are free for students.

  • Why might group counseling be a good option for me?

    There are several reasons why group counseling is equally effective, and often times more effective, than individual counseling for certain issues. For example, group counseling offers the unique experiences of feeling supported by others who share a common concern in a safe environment as well as supporting and helping others as they address issues that you have experienced or are experiencing. Likewise, since most people’s concerns impact them socially, group counseling allows the opportunity to address the social aspect of people’s concerns directly.

  • Is it normal to be anxious/hesitant/doubtful about going to group counseling?

    Yes! Most people are anxious, hesitant, and/or doubtful about attending group counseling. There are many reasons that such experiences are common, including trying something new, feeling vulnerable in a group of people that one does not yet know, and concerns about the effectiveness of group counseling, among others. Such feelings are often an indication that one is taking the endeavor of group counseling seriously and represents a healthy emotional response to a perceived risk. Such feelings may also themselves indicate that group counseling may be beneficial (e.g. if one is fearful of it, it may be helpful to face it directly).

  • Who is eligible to be in group counseling?

    It depends on the group. Some groups are open to all CSU students. Some groups require a meeting with a counselor at the counseling center before one can enter a group. Please check our website regarding CSU counseling center group offerings and for group-specific information about this topic.

  • I have difficulty talking to people, especially in groups. Could I still benefit from group counseling?

    Difficulties talking to people are very common. Such a difficulty actually suggests that group counseling may be especially helpful. Interacting with others one-on-one and in groups is an important part of everyone’s life experience. Having the opportunity to do so in a safe place like group counseling where one can specifically work on the skills and difficult feelings associated with talking to other people can be especially beneficial.

  • I am worried that I will have to talk too much. Might this happen in a group?

    Your participation in group is important, regardless of which group you attend. However, you will not be forced to talk or say anything you do not want to say, though you may be encouraged to participate.

  • I am worried that I will not get to talk enough. Might this happen in a group?

    Ideally, group members will participate roughly an equal amount of time over several group counseling sessions, but there are typically group members that participate a bit more than others. Nevertheless, group members rarely feel that they are not given enough time to talk. If a person ever feels that they are not being given enough time to talk, they are usually encouraged to voice this concern in the group or address it with the group facilitator.

  • Will I have to reveal my deepest, darkest secrets in the group?

    Absolutely not! Although disclosing important aspects of yourself may be helpful to you at some point during a group, you will not be forced or coerced to share any information that you do not want to share. You also will have the opportunity to develop a relationship with the other group members and group facilitator before choosing what information you want to discuss in a group.

  • Is group counseling confidential?

    The group leaders are legally and ethically bound to keep information discussed in the group confidential. However, other group members do not have the same legal obligation, so confidentiality cannot be 100% ensured. However, confidentiality is strongly emphasized with group members and maintaining confidentiality is typically a rule of every group.

  • What if one of the other group members is someone I know?

    If such a situation arises, group facilitators will attempt to address it with the best interests of all group members in mind and the input of the students in question will be of primary consideration.

  • Can I leave a group if I no longer want to attend?

    Yes. However, it is often important to discuss both thoughts and intent to leave a group with the group and/or group facilitator prior to actually leaving the group.

  • What is the difference between a group and a workshop?

    Workshops are educational/instructional in nature. Workshops primarily involve the workshop leader teaching information that might be important to mental health and/or academic success. Group counseling relies much more on participation from the group members and is focused on group members’ specific concerns.

  • What groups are offered at CSU’s counseling center?

    Group offerings change from semester to semester. However, some commonly offered groups focus on relaxation, grief and loss, women’s issues, LGBTQ+ issues, assertiveness, among others. Groups may also arise if enough people are interested in a particular topic or focus. Please check our website throughout the year or give us a call to find out what groups are being offered.

  • How can I get more information on group counseling?

    For more information, you can call us at 216-687-2277, continue to explore our website, or email Brittany Sommers, CSU Counseling Center's group coordinator at