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 a variety of groups and workshops throughout the academic year. If you would like a counseling group for an area of interest, please talk with any of our counselors.


Body Empowerment

In this 5-week therapy boot camp, unlearn the toxic messages you have received about your body. Using the 4 pillars of radical self-love from Sonya Renee Taylor’s book, “Your Body Is Not An Apology”, therapists Megan Tarmann, LMFT and Lucy Baquero Oja, LMFT will guide you through thought-provoking journal prompts and leave you with a new skill to use each week. You do not need to read the book in order to be in this group and are encouraged to show up wherever you are in your body image journey. Group will consist of 5-10 students. 

Winter term 2022 group begins Wednesday, February 2nd, 3:30-5pm, and continues for 5 consecutive weeks. Contact Megan Tarmann to register.  

Winter Term 2022: Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 pm 

Location: SHAC Meeting Room (Davis 03)  Registration Required

RAP (Review, Affirm and Process) for Black, Indigenous and POC students

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 SHAC mental health therapists. This group is for BIPOC students who are looking for community, connection and support during this stressful and exciting time. RAP group is a way to be proactive in your mental wellbeing. The therapists will guide weekly check-ins where you can bring current successes and challenges you faced throughout the week, receive feedback and support, and learn skills to manage future weeks on campus. RAP group consists of 5-10 students. RAP will be faciliated by licensed therapists Ken Hanna, LICSW and Lucy Baquero Oja LMFT.

Winter term 2022 group begins Friday, January 14th, 3:30-4:30 pm, for 8 weeks Contact Lucy Baquero Oja to register

Winter Term 2022: Fridays 3:30-4:30 pm 

Location: SHAC Meeting Room (Davis 03)  Registration Required

Eating Disorder Support Group

Eating Disorder Support Group allows those who are currently working on their recovery to come together weekly to process their wins against ED (eating disorder) and discuss any challenges they are facing, all while receiving support from the group and SHAC therapists. This group will be a mix of processing and learning practical tools to use in the recovery process. This is a five-week group consisting of 5-10 group members and will be run by Megan Tarmann, LMFT and Ken Hanna, LICSW. 

Winter term 2022 group begins Thursday, January 13th from 3:30-4:30pm and continues for 5 consecutive weeks. Contact Megan Tarmann to register.  

Winter Term 2022: Thursdays 3:30-4:30 pm

Location: SHAC Meeting Room (Davis 03)  Registration Required

Recognition, Integration, and Openness Workshop (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.)

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

INSIGHT (week 2) – Focus on gaining an understanding of our internal experiences and the purpose they serve.

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

Winter Term 2022: Ongoing, Tuesdays from 4:00pm-5:00 pm. Contact Rachel Morrison

Location: TBD Registration Required

Koru Mindfulness Course: Learn to Meditate

This is a 4-session course that will teach you the skills of mindfulness. It will also help you build the habit of using it in your life on a regular basis. Developed for emerging adults; useful to all.  There are 2 spots reserved for staff and faculty each session. More details about Carleton’s Koru offerings are available on the Koru Mindfulness page. More details about Koru Mindfulness overall found at korumindfulness.org

Silent Retreat options as well as Koru 2.0 information can also be found on the Koru Mindfulness page


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 (OHP), Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) and Office of Intercultural Life (OIL). Visit our website here for more information.

Join us on January 27th, February 10th, and March 3rd

Time to Meditate

Practice moment-to-moment awareness, without judgement. No experience necessary, and any experience welcome. Gently guided by Betsy Lane-Getaz, Chaplain’s Associate Aravindh Subramanian, or other 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.

Tuesdays: 9:15am-10am in the Chapel

Fridays: 8:05 am – 8:25am in AGH Library

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