Group therapy

Therapeutic Groups

Your therapist may recommend group therapy to help you address your current counseling concerns, particularly related to managing emotions effectively and interacting with others. Group members are able to learn more about themselves and practice alternative behaviors to resolve difficulties, and develop new social skills and ways of relating to people.

Depending on the type of counseling group, groups may have approximately 5-10 members and either one or two facilitators; and at times a doctoral or masters level trainee may participate in the group as well, as a co-facilitator or as an observer as part of their training program.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) group

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of treatment that focuses on examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and physical sensations.  CBT group is an educational/skills-based therapy approach that is structured and directive, collaborative, goal-focused, and time-limited. 

CBT group runs every Tuesday from 12-1pm in Weigel 203, with a different theme and skill each week.  Participants will improve their Thinking Skills, Feeling Management Skills, Self-Care Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Problem Solving Skills, and Anger Management Skills. 

Open to all students, starting any week!  For more Information call (716) 878-4436 to ask a counselor about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group.

CBT group flyer can be viewed or downloaded here, and can be shared with any interested student.

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Mindful Skill Building Series

Mindful Skill Building is an experiential course designed to teach coping skills for individuals who struggle with stress, anxiety, depression, or other overwhelming emotions which interfere with their ability to stay in the present and/or their sense of self.  Open to all experience levels.  Every week is open to newcomers, who are encouraged to return to learn and practice the interconnected skills.

Learn and practice a new mindfulness skill each week:

  • manage stress and anxiety from within
  • reground and reset in the present moment
  • recognize and process difficult emotions
  • improve your focus and memory
  • listen and learn more effectively
  • settle your mind to access your wisdom and talent
  • access your own internal resources to better navigate change and uncertainty

Register on Bengal Connect, or email with any questions.

Wednesdays, 3:30-4:20pm, from Feb. 21 to May 8, 2024
Weigel Wellness Center 203

Flyer can be viewed or downloaded here, and can be shared with any interested student.

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Rainbow Connections LGBTQ+ Discussion Group

Drop-in group discussion and support for any student who identifies as LGBTQ+, whether they are years into the coming out process or just starting their journey of self-discovery.  This is a safe, affirming space to share your thoughts and feelings, ask questions, and build your support network.

Meets Fridays at 3pm in Caudell Hall 123.

For Questions, email Dr. Char Vetter:

Flyer can be viewed or downloaded here, and can be shared with any interested student. 


Integrating Creative Arts with Interpersonal Group Therapy

This group will help you work on increasing self-awareness, improve communication, learn about your attachment wounds, and ways to express your emotions in relationship with others.

No art experience required!  

Call the Counseling Center at 716-878-4436 to set up brief phone screening with a counselor to start the counseling process.  A brief orientation with the group leader is needed to help determine if this is the right group to help you improve on your interpersonal goals.

Integrating Creative Arts with Interpersonal Group Therapy flyer can be viewed or downloaded here, and can be distributed to any interested student.

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Seeking Safety

Seeking Safety is an evidenced-based coping skills group designed for individuals who have experienced trauma, may/may not have a diagnosis of PTSD, and may/may not have a history of substance use/abuse. Seeking Safety is a structured, educational group where the focus is skill-building; the goal is to learn the tools necessary to manage the symptoms of trauma and reduce the use of unhealthy coping skills.


  • taking back your power
  • setting boundaries in relationships
  • compassion
  • coping with triggers
  • healing from anger
  • detaching from emotional pain (grounding)

If you are interested in the Seeking Safety group, call (716) 878-4436 to schedule an initial appointment and ask the counselor about Seeking Safety.

Seeking Safety flyer can be viewed or downloaded here, and can be distributed to any interested student.

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Cultural Compass - for BIPOC Students

Find Your Tribe: Join the Cultural Compass!

Discover your strengths, build resilience, and create lasting connections. This group is about finding your voice, celebrating and sharing BIPOC  (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) experiences, and navigating college life while embracing who you are!

Join the journey and find your place on campus! Thursdays at 3 pm in Weigel 203. First meeting Feb 15th!

Thursdays at 3 pm in Weigel 203.  

Open to all students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color.

Email Felicia at with any questions.