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Group Counseling

Community starts here.

Group counseling is an opportunity to connect with others in a safe, confidential and supportive space. Groups allow students to share their experiences with others who can understand and relate; learn new perspectives; and experiment with new ideas, behaviors, and ways of being or interacting. Through group engagement, students develop insights and skills to work through challenges and improve their quality of life.

Each semester, hundreds of UW-Madison students participate in group counseling at UHS.
Here is what students have to say about their group experiences:

  • “This was a very unique experience. I am glad I got the opportunity to participate because I learned I have more in common with others than I thought, and I also learned about differences between me and others that I would have never considered before.”
  • “It’s overall a great experience! I had a safe place to hear from others and also to be heard.”
  • Expressing my feelings and experiences in group has made it possible for me to have conversations about my struggles with other people in my life.
  • The facilitators did a great job of fostering community and connection in an online group. Since it was over Zoom, I was able to fit it into my schedule whereas an in-person group would not have been possible.”

Listen to the Connecting Badgers podcast episode about group counseling to learn more.

How to join a group

If you are interested in joining a group, and do not wish to consider any other services, contact the Mental Health Services at 608-265-5600 (option 2). Tell our staff about the group you are interested in, including the day and time, and that you would like to be scheduled for a pre-group orientation (PGO).

If you are interested in joining a group in addition to other services, log in to your MyUHS account to schedule an Access Appointment or call Mental Health Services at 608-265-5600 (option 2). During your Access Appointment, let the counselor know that you’re interested in joining a group.

Group Counseling Schedule

Benefits of group counseling

  • Increase self-awareness and understanding of others
  • Connect with others who have similar problems and experiences
  • Decrease isolation and loneliness
  • Receive multiple perspectives on your concerns
  • Enhance the quality of relationships
  • Experience meaningful and authentic connections with others
  • Develop new, healthier ways of relating to others
  • Identifying, experiencing and expressing feelings with greater ease
  • Increase confidence and self-esteem
  • Increase ability to give and receive honest feedback
  • Internalize lessons learned by helping others in the group

An effective strategy

Group counseling is one of the most effective strategies to address most issues experienced by students, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Discomfort in social situations
  • Challenges in relationships
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Low self-esteem and confidence
  • Coping with difficult emotions
  • Academic stressors
  • Substance use
  • Grief
  • Eating concerns