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Group Therapy: Is it for you?

For many of the life concerns that college students often face, group counseling is one of the best treatments available. Groups offer a unique opportunity in a safe and supportive place to receive support and use peer interaction to help individuals work on the challenges that they are facing. Groups can help establish a sense of connection with other students and help give support and valuable feedback regarding common concerns as they navigate their academic and personal lives at ISU.

Although many students are initially hesitant to join a group they often find that it is a very beneficial and positive experience.

Groups at ISU Counseling and Testing Service have an average of five to eight students and one to two counselors. They generally meet weekly, for 90 minutes, at a fixed time each semester. While our selection of groups varies throughout the year the center typically offers general therapy groups for ISU students, as well as theme-focused groups, and drop-in groups.

Benefits of Groups

  • Connect to others facing similar issues
  • See how others handle similar problems
  • Learn and practice new skills in a safe environment
  • Get multiple perspectives
  • Share your unique perspective
  • Improve self-awareness
  • Improve social skills
  • Enhance acceptance of yourself and others
  • Improve self-esteem

Research supports the effectiveness of group treatment and the ISU Counseling and Testing Service offers a variety of weekly groups in order to meet the various needs of the diverse students we serve. Groups are a powerful way to bring about meaningful change in the interpersonal, emotional, or personal challenges students face. For many concerns such as learning communication and social skills, overcoming anxiety, learning about interpersonal communication, getting social support, and learning life skills to improve personal well-being, groups are the recommended treatment that could help students overcome difficulties and benefit their lives. Please contact the ISU Counseling & Testing Service at (208) 282-2130 to schedule an appointment with one of our counselors to discuss joining a group.


Groups Offered at University Counseling and Testing Services

Understanding Self and Others (USO)

These groups are effective ways to gain support from other individuals dealing with a variety of personal concerns. It is an opportunity to address boundaries, emotional intimacy, increase self-awareness, and practice new behaviors in a safe, confidential environment.

Do Better Today (DBT)

This group focuses on mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation skills. These skills can help you with managing intense emotions, stressful life events, problematic relationships, or impulsivity to improve your quality of life and personal well-being.

This group utilizes Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT is a form of therapy with helps you learn life skills to manage intense emotions, stressful life situations, difficulties in relationship, and find alternative ways of coping effectively in life situations.

Anxiety ACTion Group

The Anxiety ACTion Group is a weekly group devoted to helping students understand their struggles with anxiety in new ways and pursue a full and meaningful life.

This group utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is a form of therapy which helps you relate differently to anxious feelings, depressed moods, worrying mind, and self-defeating behaviors.

ACT Skills Group

The ACT skills group is a 4-week structured group to assist students in gaining helpful strategies to cope with mental and emotional stressors.
This group also utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), similar to the Anxiety ACTion group, but uses a more condensed format. Students often use this group as a means for preparation to participate in other counseling groups such as a USO group or the Anxiety ACTion group. Multiple groups will be offered throughout the semester at different times.

Coping Skills

This is a 3-week structured group where students will learn and practice some coping “survival” skills for tolerating painful events, urges, and emotions when you cannot make things better right away. These skills are based on DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), which is an evidence-based treatment that helps individuals improve their quality of life by learning skills to change emotional and behavioral patterns that are no longer working for them.

Mindfulness Skills

Mindfulness, or intentionally being in the present moment, is a fundamental concept for most therapeutic approaches used in counseling today. This 4-week introductory group teaches students foundational mindfulness concepts and provides opportunities to practice various types of meditation and mindfulness strategies. Students can join this open group at any time.

Mindfulness Meditation

This group is open to students, staff, faculty, and community members to join together for mindfulness meditation. Participants will be guided through a 20-minute meditation and a brief discussion. No experience with meditation necessary to attend, and no need to commit to the entire series.

Pocatello Campus

Pond Student Union - Clearwater Rooms

Fridays 12:15 - 12:45pm (Meetings from January 11th through May 5th. No meetings scheduled on March 22nd or April 5th) 

Spring 2019 Groups

For more information on our groups, please contact the center at (208) 282-2130 and ask to speak with a counselor.


Contact Us


(208) 282-2130
Graveley Hall, South Tower, Room 351

Idaho Falls:
(208) 282-7750
Bennion Student Union Building, 2nd Floor, Room 223

Fall/Spring: M-F 8-5
Summer: M-F 7:30-4

Neep help improving your social connectedness?

Volunteer. It's a great way for you to start building a sense of community, which in turn can help you make new friends and connect with others. 

Join a group. If  you enjoy reading or dancing, joining a book club or dance group can be a good way to meet people with similar interests.

Explore a new activity. Take a friend and enroll in a painting, exercise, or pottery class. It can be a good way to meet new people and expand your social group.