Why Groups?

Group therapy helps people learn about themselves and improve their interpersonal relationships. It addresses feelings of isolation, depression or anxiety, and it helps people make significant changes so they feel better about the quality of their lives. 

SHAC offers counseling groups throughout the academic year. If you would like a counseling group for an area of interest, please talk with any of our staff psychologists, or call us for an intake interview at (507) 222-4080.


RAP (Review, Affirm and Process)

RAP is an opportunity to review and talk through the challenges in moving through campus life, affirm you are not alone by collaborating with other students and process it together with peers and our mental health therapists. This group is for those looking for connection and support during this stressful and exciting time. RAP group is a way to be proactive in your mental well being. The therapists will guide weekly check-ins where you can bring current successes and challenges you faced throughout the week, get feedback and support and learn skills to manage future weeks on campus. RAP group consists of anywhere between 4-8 students and begins Monday, September 20th from 4-5pm for 5 weeks (skips 10/18, ends 10/25) or Fridays, 9am-10am, starting September 24-October 22. Contact Megan Tarmann.

Fall Term 2021: Mondays 4:00-5:00pm OR Fridays 9am-10am

Location: SHAC Meeting Room (Davis 03)  Registration Required

Expressive Art Therapy Group

Expressive Art Therapy Groups

This is a nontraditional expressive group therapy using drawing, painting, writing and other art mediums. Basically, it’s a fun and challenging way to learn more about yourself and target some of your areas of growth. This group is for anyone but topics covered may be self reflection, self growth, family and friend dynamics. You DO NOT have to be artistic, creative, perfect, or the best in the world to join. You DO have to be ready to engage in creative expression and explore different aspects of yourself.Group will have anywhere from 5-8 members and starts Wednesday, October 20th from 3:30-5:00pm for 5 weeks. Contact Lucy Baquero Oja to sign up

Fall Term 2021: Mondays 4:00-5:00pm

Location: SHAC Meeting Room (Davis 03) Registration Required

Recognition, Integration, and Openness Group (RIO)

RIO is a 3 week workshop that focuses on Recognition, Insight and Openness. Many people pursue therapy with the idea that their therapist will know exactly how to “fix” them. The main goals of RIO are to give you tools to recognize your concerns and to develop a clearer idea of what you want to change in your life. It is specifically designed to help people with their emotional concerns. Each topic gets its own week to give you time to fully understand how each concept applies to you and practice with the exercises. RIO was developed by staff at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo counseling.

RECOGNITION (week 1) – Focus on our reactions to our uncomfortable internal experiences and recognizing when or how we may be stuck.

INSIGHT (week 2) – Focus on how to gain understanding into our internal experiences and what they are communicating to us or discovering their purpose.

OPENNESS (week 3) – Focus on choosing to move our lives in a more fulfilling direction.

Three dates: October 26th, November 2nd and November 9th from 12:25-1:25pm. Contact Kenneth Hanna

Location: SHAC Meeting Room (Davis 03) Registration Required

Grief and Loss Support Group

Currently, SHAC does not provide a support group for Grief and Loss, but this will be coming. However, there is a weekly Grief and Loss Support Group held in the community on Mondays 5:30pm-7pm. These groups are free and open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Participants will learn about the grieving process, and if they wish, share their personal stories of loss during each series in a safe and confidential atmosphere. The groups are facilitated by experienced individuals who understand the grieving process. Support groups are not intended to replace professional care.

Mondays 5:30pm-7pm

Location: St. John’s Lutheran Church (Door 10)

Email Sara Lippert at lipperts@northfieldhospitals.org for more information


Multicultural Mental Health and Well-Being Collective (MMHWC)

The Multicultural Mental Health and Well-being Collective (MMHWC) at Carleton College provides a community for Black Indigenous and People of Color students to engage in restorative practices that support their mental health and well-being. The MMHWC is supported by staff in the Office of Health Promotion and from Student Health and Counseling. Visit our website here for more information.

Join us on September 30th, 2021 Common Time (12pm – 1pm) in Weitz 236 for our first community gathering.

Time to Learn to Meditate

Time to Meditate

Practice moment-to-moment awareness, without judgement. No experience necessary, and any experience welcome. Gently guided by Betsy Lane-Getaz or students. This is a drop in group, and one can participate once or as many times as desired. No sign up required. Sponsored by SHAC and Chaplain’s Office.

Mondays: 3:10pm – 3:45 pm

Fridays: 8:05 am – 8:25am

Location: Chapel Sanctuary Registration Not Required

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?
We are happy to help you determine which group would be the best fit for you. Please contact Student Health and Counseling to schedule an initial meeting with a counselor.

What is group therapy?
A therapy group is usually comprised of 5-10 people who meet face to face with 1 or 2 trained facilitators and talk about what is concerning them most. Members listen to each other and openly provide each other feedback. These interactions give members an opportunity to increase understanding, try out new ways of being with others and learn more about the ways they interact. The content of group sessions is confidential: members agree not to identify other members or their concerns outside of group.

How effective is group therapy?
Group therapy has been proven effective in helping people deal with a broad range of issues from mild adjustment and developmental concerns to severe or chronic mental health concerns. It has been shown
to be as effective as individual therapy, and for some issues, it is even more effective than individual therapy.*

Common reasons for joining a group?
Group therapy is often the most effective treatment for interpersonal concerns, anxiety, social skills, eating disorders, and life adjustment. It is also helpful for depression, poor self-esteem, perfectionism, grief, trauma recovery, and substance use. 

What can I expect if I join a group?
If this is your first experience in a therapy group, you probably have some apprehensions—most people do. Walking into the first session is sometimes the hardest part about group. A primary goal of any group is to help establish feelings of safety and trust. Some members will be ready to open up about their concerns early in group, others may need more time. Each group member’s pace and readiness for sharing is respected. Members tend to quickly develop deep and supportive connections with each other and learn to improve their ability to connect with (and care for) themselves and others. Leaders and members will help each other to face challenges (particularly those that brought them to therapy) and to make the changes they desire. It is usually a difficult thing for group members to say goodbye at the end of a term due to how much they have valued each other and valued the work they have done together.

*It is well documented that group therapy is equally effective, and sometimes more effective, than individual therapy (e.g. Burlingame, Fuhriman, and Mosier, 2003). 

Other Groups that have run in the past:

Groups will be created as needed to meet student requests. If you would like a group that you don’t see here, call Student Health and Counseling (507-222-4080) and request it. Past Groups have included: Coming Out, Mastering The Transition To College, Self-Esteem Workshop, Grief Support, Off-Campus Programs Re-entry Support, Men’s Group, Overcoming Social Anxiety