Find encouragement, understanding, support with group counseling

Now more than ever, students are facing loneliness, isolation and anxiety. Join others facing similar issues with group counseling. Students meet online in groups of six to 10 with one or two trained therapists. See the complete list counseling groups and sign up for sessions on My Health Space to get login information.

The following groups and many more are available this fall:

Surviving Solitude

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. This group meets Thursdays at 10-11:30 a.m. and Fridays at 1-2:30 p.m.

Coping with COVID

This group has been created for any student who may be experiencing distress 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. This group meets Mondays 4-5 p.m., Tuesdays 10-11 a.m., Wednesdays 10:30-11:30 a.m., Thursdays 2-3 p.m. and Fridays 1-2 p.m.

Queer in Quarantine

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. This group meets Wednesdays 1-2:30 p.m. and Thursdays 3:30-5 p.m.

The New Normal: Coping with Uncertainty and Change

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. This group meets Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and Wednesdays 3:30-5 p.m.

For more information on group conseling and other mental health services, visit the Student Health Services website. 

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