Counseling and Psychological Services

Support and Therapy Groups

  • Facilitated by a professional, support and therapy groups provide a sympathetic environment in which to work with other SU students with similar concerns. For information about groups currently being offered, or to request a particular group, please contact us. 

    A variety of groups are offered each fall, winter, and spring quarters.  Groups are not offered over summer term.  The following groups are offered for Winter Term 2016:  


    A four-week educational group for transforming self-criticism into self-encouragement.

    Google Maps: Navigating Relationships in Everyday Life

    An on-going group that explores interpersonal challenges by focusing on interactions in a group setting.

    Undergrad & Grad Student Support Groups

    On-going support groups for students adjusting to school and the demands of balancing multiple roles.

    Anxiety Busters

    A six-week skills group focusing on breathing techniques, meditation, guided imagery, and relaxation.

    Toolbox for Managing Distressing Emotions

    A six-week group focusing on learning skills to help students manage distressing emotions. 

    Living with Loss

    An on-going support group for students who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life.

    For Every Body

    A six-week introduction to learning about the development and management of body image and eating concerns. 


    An on-going group for students recovering from body image concerns and disordered eating.

    All groups require a pre-group screening appointment in order to learn more about the group and whether it will meet your particular needs. Please make an appointment by calling 206.296.6090 or stopping by CAPS office located in P120 in the Pigott Pavilion for Leadership.

    If you can't find the group for you or have an idea for a forum or workshop, feel free to let us know! CAPS staff is interested in your ideas and will consider offering groups on requested topics. Email us at -  we'd like to hear your suggestions. 

    What is a therapy group?

    A therapy group consists of a small number of people, usually not more than eight, and one or two trained group therapists. Group therapy offers the opportunity to join a small group of students who share common concerns. The purpose of the group is to provide a safe as well as challenging place in which to work on personal and interpersonal concerns. Everything that happens in the group is confidential; members agree not to disclose anything that occurs in group to others outside of the group.

    Group members work together with the therapist to establish trust and commitment to the group so that members feel free to talk openly and honestly. Groups are designed to foster active learning, a place to work on problems rather that just talk about them. Members often experience the same difficulties in group that they have elsewhere. The group, with the help of the therapist, is able to give support and understanding, offer suggestions, or gently confront the person.

    Groups offer opportunities to experiment with different ways of communicating with others and to try new behaviors. Those who benefit most are those who take an active part in the process and who allow themselves to give and receive honest, helpful feedback. In an atmosphere of mutual concern, members can care about and help each other.