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What is Group Therapy?

The purpose of group therapy is to assist each individual in emotional growth and personal problem solving. All the information shared will remain confidential. Therapy groups are free and open to all currently enrolled UNF students. Below, you will find a video introduction to group therapy that will hopefully answer any initial questions you may have about this service.



What are the advantages of group work?

  • You realize you are not alone in your concerns
  • Group topics can give you information to enhance self-understanding
  • As you listen to and support others you learn to have more compassion for yourself
  • Helping others and becoming informed can boost your self esteem
  • You have the opportunity to know how others perceive you and with this information you can practice new communication skills and new behaviors that will increase your effectiveness in relating to others
  • More heads are better than one when it comes to solving problems
  • Group gives you the chance to obtain multiple perspectives on issues in a safe setting
  • When members tell their story to a supportive audience, they can obtain relief from chronic feelings of shame and guilt
  • You can be inspired and encouraged by another member who has overcome the problems with which they are still struggling
  • Being in a group enhances each members sense of belonging, acceptance, and validation.

Current Therapy Groups:

Understanding Self and Others

The Understanding Self and Others (USAO) groups are insight oriented groups that provide a safe environment for exploring personal growth through connections with others.

To participate you must be a current client of the counseling center and sign up for a USAO group within the first 3-4 weeks of the semester. For more information, please call 904.620.2602.

Open Art Therapy Studio

Open Art Therapy Studio is currently being held on Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Any student may participate and you do not have to be a current client of the counseling center. Art supplies are provided. It is not required for one to attend regularly. Students may choose to participate any time open studio is offered.

Art Therapy Group

To participate in an Art Therapy Group you must be a current client of the counseling center and sign up for the group within the first 3-4 weeks of the semester. For more information, please call 904.620.2602.

Feel Good Now

This meditation group will feature several guided meditation practices and help you to learn how to utilize meditation to achieve immediate stress relief. Any and all students are invited to join this group each Friday morning. For more information, please call 904.620.2602.

Keep Calm and Carry On

Everyone experiences anxiety differently. This group will help students learn strategies to manage their anxiety through mindfulness meditation and other experiential exercises while gaining peer support. This group will meet weekly. For more information, please call 904.620.2602.

How do I join a group?

Call (904) 620-2602 or stop by Building 2, Room 2300

If you are not already a client of our center, you are invited to call or stop by the center to schedule an initial assessment. During this appointment, you will have an opportunity to talk confidentially with a counselor about your immediate concerns and interest in group therapy. However, not all of our groups require an initial assessment prior to participation.

This appointment will provide you an opportunity to learn more about group therapy, and help determine if the group format will be a good match for your current concerns and/or personal growth goals.

If you are a client of our center, you may contact us anytime to be placed in a therapy group. If you would like more information about our group offerings, it may be helpful to schedule an appointment with your individual counselor to discuss your interest in group therapy.

Community Referrals

If you are interested in working with a mental health provider in the community and have health insurance coverage, most insurance carriers provide referrals for mental health services through their website or over the phone. Information on how to navigate using health insurance to receive mental healthcare services. As an additional referral source, Psychology Today provides a therapist directory and can help you connect with therapists in the community. As the UNF Counseling Center is not affiliated with any insurance carriers or Psychology today, we are unable to vouch for or endorse any of the providers you may be referred to.