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Share Your Concerns Safely and Confidently

Therapy groups allow students to work with others who share common concerns. Members talk about what is troubling them and give feedback and support in a safe, supportive environment. Interactions offer group members an opportunity to learn more about the way they interact with others and to try out new ways of behaving.

The first few sessions focus on the establishment of trust, allowing members to talk personally and honestly. Having each individual make a personal commitment to the group and its goals significantly fosters group trust.

Therapy groups usually have between 6 and 12 members and two clinicians. Groups meet weekly for 60 or 90 minutes and there is no session limit.

What's the Difference Between Therapy
and Skills Groups?

Counseling and Psychological Services offers therapy groups and skills groups. Skills groups are more structured than therapy groups, one hour long and have more of a workshop format than a counseling format.

Pre-Screening

Except for the skills groups, all prospective group members are required to attend a pre-group screening session. A pre-group screening and orientation session is a brief meeting with leader(s) before groups begin. The screening provides information about the group, and to determine if group therapy is best for each person. For more information, visit: (link to group brochure)

Ground Rules

Group sessions are confidential. Group members are asked not to disclose the content of sessions or to reveal the identity of members to others outside of group.

It is expected that you will come to group every week. If there is an urgent matter that prevents you from attending, please notify the group leader(s). You can leave a message with Counseling and Psychological Services front desk staff. Please be punctual. If, after a short period of time, you find that the group is not a fit for you, please let the group leader(s) know.

There is no limit to the number of group of sessions you can attend. If, after several sessions, you decide that the group is no longer the most appropriate form of help, we ask that you come to the group to tell group members of your decision, providing closure.

Did You Know?

Counseling and Psychological Services does not provide academic advising. For academic counseling, call 951-827-3411.
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A Counselor On Duty is available at Counseling and Psychological Services weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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All students who pay UCR registration fees are eligible for free Counseling and Psychological Services.
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Counseling and Psychological Services serves as a national test center for the LSAT and PRAXIS.
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Group therapy allows you to connect to others with similar concerns and to listen to shared issues.
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Couples Counseling is available for students and their partners or spouses.
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Counseling and Psychological Services has designed an online guide to help faculty and staff respond to distressed students.
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Counseling and Psychological Services staff includes licensed psychologists, marriage and family counselors, and pre-doctoral interns.
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Counselors are available by phone 24 hours daily by dialing 951-827-5531 or 951-UCR- TALK
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You can take an online assessment right now to see how you're doing emotionally.
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Everything you discuss with a UCR counselor is confidential unless it falls under the legal exceptions.
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Counselors are available for workshops and presentations, including weekly meditation classes.
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Therapy Groups

Groups are offered depending on the needs and interests of students. If you are interested in participating in a group, please call Counseling and Psychological Services to obtain more information. Group times and dates will be determined by interest and will vary.

If you are a current Counseling and Psychological Services client, please talk with your counselor about being referred for a group. If you are not a client, please make an Intake appointment prior to signing up by calling or visiting Counseling and Psychological Services. Once referred, you will typically be scheduled for a brief screening appointment with the person who is leading or co-leading the group.

Skills Groups

Skills groups are typically one hour long and involve anywhere from 3-10 session commitment. Skills groups are more structured than therapy groups and have more of a workshop format than a counseling format. In skills groups, one or more clinicians provide psychological information and provide opportunities for members to apply the concepts they are learning to their real, everyday lives.

Student interested in skills groups should call Counseling and Psychological Services to sign up. You will need to complete some brief paperwork prior to the first meeting.

Therapy Groups


Groups are offered depending on the needs and interests of students. If you are interested in participating in a group, please call Counseling and Psychological Services to obtain more information. Group times and dates will be determined by interest and will vary. If you are a current Counseling and Psychological Services client, please talk with your counselor about being referred for a group. If you are not a client, please make an intake appointment prior to signing up by calling or visiting Counseling and Psychological Services. Once referred, you will typically be scheduled for a brief screening appointment with the person who is leading the group.

General therapy/process group coed


This group helps members to gain insight into how they view themselves and how they expect to be treated by others. Members will gain a deeper awareness of interpersonal difficulties that brought them to the group. The group is a safe place to experiment with new and adaptive ways of relating to others.

Young women’s group


This group helps members to gain insight into how they view themselves and how they expect to be treated by others. Members will gain a deeper awareness of interpersonal difficulties that brought them to the group in the first place. The group is a safe place to experiment with new and adaptive ways of relating to others.

Men’s group


Provides a safe, supportive environment where men can address their problems with the help of other thoughtful and responsive members. The group can be helpful in assisting members to feel more connected, to improve and deepen interpersonal relationships, and increase the capacity for genuine friendship. Men are encouraged to explore personal and relational struggles in the hopes of gaining deeper awareness of both themselves and their interactions with others. This group will provide a supportive space to give and receive honest feedback and to practice new, healthier ways of relating to others.

Dissertation support group


A forum for graduate students to talk about the stresses of preparing for graduate exams and writing a dissertation.

Grief group


Have you experienced an important loss? This group provides opportunities for sharing personal grief experiences while also receiving support from others who have lost a loved one. This group will help you to identify different aspects of your grief experience and develop personal approaches to addressing emotions of grief.

Graduate student therapy group - coed


Are you a Masters or Ph.D. candidate interested in connecting with others in a supportive and growth enhancing group? This group provides a unique opportunity for honest interpersonal exploration, allowing you to learn how to build more rewarding relationships in life. Participants discuss family, romantic partnerships, feelings of isolation, depression, anxiety, multicultural and professional issues.

Overcoming social anxiety


Are you uncomfortable in social situations? This group will help students overcome anxiety in a variety of social situations, including speaking in front of groups, initiating and maintaining conversations, meeting new people, going to parties, and being assertive. This group will help you learn more about your individual patterns of anxiety and ways to manage it differently so it no longer interferes with your life.

Skills Groups


Skills groups are typically one hour long and involve anywhere from 3-10 session commitment. Skills groups are more structured than therapy groups and have more of a workshop format than a counseling format. In skills groups, one or more clinicians provide psychological information and provide opportunities for members to apply the concepts they are learning to their real, everyday lives. Student interested in skills groups should call Counseling and Psychological Services to sign up. You will need to complete some brief paperwork prior to the first meeting.

Managing Anxiety


This skill group will help you to understand what anxiety is, learn to recognize and identify triggers for anxiety, and learn strategies for how to reduce anxiety. 3 sessions. • Managing Anxiety: Tuesday 10/18, 10/25, 11/1 at 2 pm

Introduction to Mindfulness


This skills group will help you to understand the basic principles of mindfulness, increase your well-being through increased self-awareness, and practice a variety of mindfulness exercises that will help with difficult emotions. 3 sessions. • Intro to Mindfulness: Wednesdays 10/19, 10/26, 11/2 at 2 pm

Ten Days to Self-Esteem


This innovative program, developed by David Burns, M.D., can help you develop greater self-esteem, productivity, and joy in daily living. You will receive systematic training in techniques that can help you change the way you think, feel and behave. 10 sessions.

Healthy Relationships 101


This skills group will help you to understand the basic principles of healthy relationships, enhance your ability to get what you want from others and learn skills to improve interpersonal communication. 3 sessions. • Healthy Relationships, Mondays 10/17, 10/24, 10/31 at 2 pm