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Group Counseling Schedule

Read descriptions of Summer 2021 groups and find out who leads each group.

To join a group, schedule an Access Appointment in MyUHS or contact Mental Health Services at 608-265-5600 (option 2).
During your consultation, let the counselor know that you’re interested in joining a group.

* Students who are interested in participating in a therapy group and not wanting additional mental health services do not need to schedule an Access appointment and, instead, are encouraged to call our front desk (608-265-5600, option 2) to schedule a Group Screening appointment.

Interpersonal Process Groups

Interpersonal Process Groups

Past and present interactions with others contribute to shaping personality. Interpersonal Process Groups are often the treatment of choice for people who experience troubled relationships, loneliness, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and low self-esteem. These groups offer a safe environment to identify and explore feelings; to give and receive support and feedback; to practice new, healthier ways of relating to others; and to feel less lonely or isolated.


3 – 4:30 pm | Michelle Bond, LPC & Matthew Rozzi, PhD


3 – 4:30 pm |Benjamin de Boer, PsyD, CGP & Melanie Daovannary, PsyD


1 – 2:30 pm | Sarah Kohlstedt, PhD & James Gresh, MS


1 – 2:30 pm | Blake Bettis, PsyD & Matthew Rozzi, PhD

Psychoeducational Groups & Workshops

Note: Workshops with a sign-up link are available to students who are located outside of Wisconsin.

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Know your ABCDEs: Adapt your Behavior and Cope with Distress Effectively

In this group, students will learn and refine skills in four key areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. These skills are intended to help students modify behavioral, emotional, and thinking patterns associated with challenges in mood management and maintaining stable relationships.

Wednesdays | 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Group Leaders: Claire Barrett, PhD & Rachel VanDaalen, MC

Grad Resilience (sign up online)

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A series of rotating 1 hour lunch discussions for graduate students. Each section will highlight strategies to navigate a component of grad culture with the opportunity to share ideas and experiences. Open to all UW grad students – located in or outside of WI. No eligibility fee required. Use your e-mail to sign-up for individual sessions.

Navigating Workloads: Essentials for getting work done (e.g., organization, motivation, prioritizing, and procrastination).
Tuesdays | 6/15, 7/13 | Noon – 1 pm

Grad-ification: Personally thriving (e.g. impostor phenomena, work/life balance, self-care).
Tuesdays | 6/22, 7/20 | Noon – 1 pm

Life in the Grad Lane: Resilience & the art of managing uncertainty (e.g. COVID, changing demands, job market, advisor relationships).
Tuesdays | 6/29, 7/27 | Noon – 1 pm

Nurturing Relationships: Sustaining partnerships (e.g., just met, long distance, in the same program, partner not in grad school).
Tuesdays | 7/1, 8/3 | Noon – 1 pm

Group Leader: Jo Hoese, PhD

Wellness Groups and Workshops

Mindfulness Sampler (sign up online)

Practice the skills of mindfulness in this multi-week workshop series. Come to any or all 6 sessions throughout the summer. Increase self-understanding, present moment awareness, and strengthen your capacity to address stressful daily challenges toward a more vital and valued life.

Session 1: Mindfulness of Anxiety and Depression
Acquire strategies for observing and unhooking from anxious and depressive spirals, with a focus on being in the present moment rather than living only in the past, future, or on autopilot.
Thursday | 6/10 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Session 2: Mindfulness of Self-Compassion
Apply mindfulness to cultivate more kindness and warmth toward yourself and others.
Thursday | 6/17 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Session 3: Mindfulness of Thoughts
Learn to notice thoughts without getting hooked by distressing worry or self-defeating patterns.
Thursday | 6/24 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Session 4: Mindfulness of Behaviors
Increase ability to act intentionally, which can improve motivation, concentration, and reaching goals in activities of daily living.
Thursday | 7/1 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Session 5: Mindfulness of Emotions
Apply mindfulness to cultivate more positive and balanced feelings regarding yourself and the world around you.
Thursday | 7/8 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Session 6: Mindfulness of Body
Focus on the mind/body connection, increasing body awareness to help manage stress and pain as well as improve overall self-care.
Thursday | 7/15 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Meditation Drop-in (sign up online): 

This group will include basic meditation instructions for those new to meditation followed by a group mindfulness meditation. Opportunity will be given for questions and discussion. In addition, each week a specialized meditation will be offered, for example: grounding and centering, body scan, movement meditation, compassion practices, emotional release practices, meditation with a mantra/point of focus, and breathing practices. This group is intended for both new and experienced meditators. You are welcome to drop in once at any point during the semester, though we encourage you to develop a regular weekly practice with us. Friday meditation is a great way to unwind from the week and relax into the weekend!

Fridays | 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30 | Noon – 1 pm

Group Leaders: Tamar Kelson, PhD & Claire Barrett, PhD

Mindful Living Group

This group will help participants incorporate focused awareness into their lives, particularly in the areas of academics and studying, relationships, moods and stressors, eating, and generally helping members to develop a more balanced, purposeful, and aware lifestyle. The group will combine activities that promote mindfulness with reflection and discussion about ways members can be more present in their daily lives. Group meets for six sessions.

Wednesdays | 1 – 2:30 pm

Group Leaders: Tamar Kelson, PhD & Casey Tice, LPC