What We Do
About Group Counseling
THE USF COUNSELING CENTER GROUP PROGRAM OFFERS BOTH IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL GROUPS, AS WELL AS DROP-IN SPACES!
These services are specific to Tampa campus, although all USF students are welcome to join these drop-in workshops. Please visit the websites for St. Petersburg Wellness Center and Sarasota-Manatee Counseling & Wellness Center for campus-specific services.
Group counseling sessions offer an opportunity for you to meet others (virtually or in-person) who have similar experiences and who also want to pursue personal growth. Group counseling is a very effective way to learn about yourself and how others see you. In the supportive atmosphere of the group, you also may experiment with new, more rewarding ways of relating to people.
Before joining group counseling, students must first meet with a counselor for an individual appointment. Afterwards, students will be referred to a "pre-group" appointment to meet with the facilitator(s) running the group. Click here to learn how to make an appointment with us!
We have different types of groups depending on what you hope to get out of the experience. Therapy groups are offered on a space-available basis to registered students. A pre-group appointment with the facilitator(s) is needed before attending a therapy group. Most groups have 5-8 members and meet once a week.
Understanding Self and Others
Want to learn more about yourself and discover new ways to relate to or interact with others? This group provides the opportunity for diverse group members to meet theit goals by providing and receiving honest feedback. Topics vary from week to week depending on group members' needs.
- Mondays 1:30-3:00pm (In Person at SVC 2124)
- Wednesdays 3:00-4:30pm (Graduate Students) (Virtual)
- Thursdays 3:00-4:30pm (In-Person at SVC 2124)
This group provides support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, queer, or questioning students. Members offer support to each other, provide feedback, explore intimacy and self-esteem issues, develop insight, and increase self-confidence. Topics are based on current group member concerns, with common issues related to self-identification, intersectionality, transition, coming out, dating, family, and religion.
- Tuesday 1:00-2:30pm (In-Person at SVC 2124)
Building Strength in Remembrance
Are you grieving the death of a loved one or anticipating the loss of someone terminally ill? Have you experienced loss in other ways such as loss of relationship, divorce, loss of addiction, etc.? This support space will assist students in coping with the bereavment experience, creating comfortable ways to discuss their feelings and making new ways to honor their relationships.
- Wednesday 1:00-2:30pm (In-Person at SVC 2124)
The Dungeons and Dragons Group
Looking for an exciting way to explore your identity and relationships? This group will use a Dungeons and Dragons-inspired role-playing experience to help group members connect to others and explore aspects of their identity. By creating their own characters and engaging in roleplay, they will practice shaping their identity through interpersonal interactions that are focused on conflict resolution, decision making, and communication.
- Fridays 2:00-4:00pm (In-Person at SVC 2124)
Magic of the Middle Path drop-in workshop
- Mondays 11:00-12:00pm (Virtual)
Session 1: Mindfulness: 1/8, 2/12, 3/11, and 4/8
Session 2: Emotional Regulation: 1/22, 2/19, 3/18, and 4/15
Session 3: Distress Tolerance: 1/29, 2/26, 3/25, and 4/22
Session 4: Interpersonal Effectiveness: 2/5, 3/4, and 4/1
Other than group counseling, we are facilitating psycho-educational, drop-in spaces focused on coping skills and mutual support. These 60-minute drop-in sessions are offered daily, Monday - Friday. No prior contact with the Counseling Center is required to attend these drop-in sessions - just go online at the appointed time! You can attend once, or come back as many times as you’d like. We hope you join us!
- Workshops are flexible and accessible ways to learn coping skills and share experiences with peers.