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Group Counseling

Find encouragement, understanding and support from others facing similar issues. Students meet in group of six to ten with one or two trained therapists.

Schedule an Appointment

If you’ve never been seen for a counseling appointment,
schedule by visiting

If you need to schedule a return counseling appointment,
call 803-777-5223. 

For group counseling appointments,
schedule by visiting 

For psychiatry, call 803-777-1833. 



Why Group Counseling

Group counseling is a powerful venue for growth and change and one of the most effective tools for addressing common issues among college students.

Deciding Whether Group Counseling Is For You
It's normal to be apprehensive at first, but most students find tremendous support, understanding and encouragement in their groups. 

Many first-time group members are concerned that hearing others' problems will make them feel worse. On the contrary, most members find that hearing others' struggles and successes helps them feel connected and understood.

Covered By Your Student Health Fee
Group counseling sessions are completely covered by your student health fee, paid with your tuition.


Skill-Building Groups

These groups will teach you the necessary skills to manage symptoms and involve minimal interpersonal sharing.

How to Join
Book online through Check MyHealthSpace for upcoming dates and times. 

This group is designed to teach the basic skills of cognitive behavior therapy and assist students with coping with symptoms of anxiety, depression, and change negative thinking that causes distress. Students can expect to increase understanding of their symptoms, identify and reduce unhelpful thoughts and behaviors, reduce distress using mindfulness and grounding techniques, and increase coping

Mondays 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Thursdays 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

This group teaches specific skills to deal with life’s challenges.

Do you…

  • Feel like you struggle with managing your emotions?
  • Feel like you are ineffective in your relationships?
  • Ever think about harming yourself or have suicidal thoughts?
  • Engage in any behaviors that reduce the quality of your life?

Student’s participating in this group will learn how to be fully present in the moment, effectively manage emotions, handle distress without losing control or acting destructively, and improve relationships.

Tuesdays 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Fridays 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Are you having trouble falling asleep? Staying asleep? Sleep Well meets for four sessions and is designed to help address any sleep concerns you may be experiencing through teaching the skills to help improve overall sleep quality, to help reset inconsistent sleep patterns, and help reduce the anxiety and frustration you may experience as a result of poor sleep. If you are struggling with any of the following, then this group may be a good fit for you:

  • Racing thoughts when you’re trying to go to bed
  • Restless and active sleep
  • Waking multiple times and problems falling back asleep when you do
  • Inconsistent sleep patterns and poor sleep habits

Those interested in this group must complete a short survey assessing sleep quality and attend a 30-minute sleep consultation prior to starting the group.

Mondays 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Thursdays 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This group uses principles of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to allow students to start living life more fully.  This group will help you get a closer look at your worried mind and teach you skills to address your worry in a growth fostering way.  This group will also help you identify what is important to you and how to go about achieving your dreams while changing your perspective on anxiety.  

Tuesdays 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Wednesdays 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

The goal of this group is to help you develop skills to battle procrastination, impulsivity, and bad habits.

Themes will include:

  • Self-discipline
  • Growth mindset
  • Maintaining focus
  • Accessing your motivation
  • Finding the path to success.

This group will benefit students who struggle with:

  • Unhealthy perfectionism
  • Inconsistent motivation
  • Maintaining attention
  • Poor follow-through

Train yourself to be a better and more efficient learner!

Mondays 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Thursdays 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Support Groups

How to Join
Book online through Check MyHealthSpace for upcoming dates and times. 

This group aims to create a safe and secure environment for women survivors of sexual abuse and/or assault. It hopes to provide support and increased coping skills for group members who may be struggling with current relationships, sexuality, self-esteem or other issues.

Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

This group is for students who identify as trans, gender fluid, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, or have a unique gender experience that may not be readily understood or supported by others. We aim to create a space where students can feel comfortable being their true selves and talk about the issues faced in all facets of daily life and transition. The group will have a supportive intent, with the knowledge that additional coping skills related to living in a biased society may be learned.

Tuesdays 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Fridays 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

This group has been created for any student who may be experiencing distress related to any of the changes that are impacting them as a result of the COVID pandemic.  The group will be facilitated by a licensed mental health professional and provide an opportunity for students to share personal experiences, feelings, coping strategies, or any other thoughts that are impacting them due to the pandemic.  The purpose of the group is to offer students a supportive space for them to connect.

Mondays 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Wednesdays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Thursdays 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Fridays 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

The grieving process impacts all areas of daily life, often in ways no one ever anticipates. This group may benefit you if your journey through grief has included isolation from/difficulty relating to your peers, feeling like an emotional burden to your people, impaired academic performance, increased stress/anxiety, insomnia, numbness, anger, or questioning spiritual/existential meaning

Mondays 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Tuesdays 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

When campus closed unexpectedly in March 2020, UofSC students were told to go home, but what happens when home is not safe? For many of our queer students, going home has meant effectively going back into the closet. Whether you’ve returned to a homophobic family/community, lost access to gender-affirming medical treatment, or are struggling to stay connected to your queer community, this group is a space where you can process these experiences with humans who understand. 

Wednesdays 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Thursdays 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

BlackSpace is a community-building support group for Black students at UofSC (undergrad, graduate/professional) to have a space to discuss their unique experiences in a supportive environment. 

October 21,  6 - 7:30 p.m.

November 11, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Theme Groups

How to Join
Book online through Check MyHealthSpace for upcoming dates and times. 

This group is a safe space for those who struggle with issues related to food. Students who have body image issues, over-exercise, obsess about food and weight loss, overeat, binge, purge or restrict food are welcome in this group. The goal of this group is to help its members gain a deeper understanding of their struggles with food, and to help them develop new coping options and challenge old ideas. This group may not be appropriate for those who engage in excessive eating disorder behaviors.  Those interested must meet with a group facilitator for a 30-minute group screening before they can begin group. 

Wednesdays 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Thursdays 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

This group is for individuals who may find it challenging to communicate their needs, doubt their self-worth, struggle with shame, and want to develop a clear sense of personal power. Group members will not only learn about the importance of being vulnerable, rejecting shame, and leading a value driven life, but they will also be given the space to practice these concepts in creative ways and work together to meet goals.

Mondays 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Thursdays 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

One of the seemingly universal experiences to come out of this pandemic is the distress/discomfort related to extended isolation. The ways solitude and loneliness can negatively impact mood and daily functioning are myriad and many of us are experiencing them for the first time. The good news is that being with other people is not the only path to thriving in isolation. This group will focus on exploring ways to find significance and meaning when alone and happiness/satisfaction in your own company.

Thursdays 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Fridays 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

The last six months have demanded we adapt and do so quickly. We’ve found ourselves facing unexpected changes, unprecedented losses, and unexpected redirections. This group aims to assist students in managing the anxiety of an uncertain future, negotiating change and transitions, and developing the coping strategies and personal strengths to be confident in the ability to grow and prosper under any conditions.

Tuesdays 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Wednesdays 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.