The Counseling Center offers a variety of groups for Mines students. Groups offer many important benefits: peer support and feedback from others who struggle with similar issues; a forum to practice the skills learned in group; the opportunity to build relationships with other students; a chance to receive and give valuable help to others; for some groups, an ability to get weekly therapeutic support. These are just some of the elements of groups that lead to positive outcomes for students.

While many studies have shown that groups are as effective, or more effective, than individual therapy, many students experience normal anxiety about joining a group. Some worry that they will be put on the spot to participate, or be pressured to share things with others that they‘re not comfortable sharing. Some worry that others will judge them or that a negative interaction will occur. Counseling Center clinicians work hard to make sure all groups are comfortable, safe and worry-free. We hope you take advantage of these great offerings to help you be the best Mines student you can be!

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1770 Elm Street, 2nd floor Golden, CO 80401
Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:45 pm

Drop-in Groups

Meets weekly, drop-in when your schedule allows. No appointment or sign up required!

The Next Level: Grad Student Support Group

The Next Level is a place for graduate students to support each other through the experience of being a Mines graduate student. Graduate students face unique challenges such as advanced academics, complicated relationships with faculty, research pressures and building a life beyond grad school. Navigating this “next level” can be extremely stressful and exhausting. Graduate students are welcome to drop-in whenever they want to connect with peers regarding their hopes, successes, worries, and frustrations, in a safe place where others can relate and understand. In addition, we brainstorm solutions to the issues that many graduate students experience. The group is facilitated by professionals from the Counseling Center who always strive to maintain a welcoming and safe environment.

Tuesdays @ 3:30pm 
Student Wellness Center #204

Additional Offerings

Please note that the facilitator would like to meet with you prior to joining one of these groups. Request an initial consultation indicating which group you are interested in learning more about.

From Overwhelmed to Under Control (DBT)

This weekly, ongoing group focuses on helping students 1) feel less overwhelmed,  2) manage their emotions in healthy ways, even in a crisis, 3) reduce negative thoughts and rumination about the past or future, 4) learn how to feel good even when stressed, 5) learn how to effectively express their needs to others and set better boundaries, and 6) build stronger and healthier relationships. Students are requested to attend at least 4 weekly sessions to get the most out of the group, and they can attend for as long as they find it helpful.

Less Perfection, More Connection (RO DBT)

This class is influenced by Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy and helps students become more flexible and curious, increase emotional openness and expression, lean into discomfort and new experiences, enhance awareness of relational patterns, deepen connections in their lives, and learn the value of embracing imperfection. This class is a great fit for students who may identify as perfectionistic, feel lonely and disconnected from others, and/or struggle to break out of their routines and patterns. The class meets weekly for a 6-week commitment.

Survivor Support Group

This is a supportive skills and education-based group for survivors of sexual/relationship violence. The purpose is to create a safe space that minimizes triggering by avoiding sharing trauma details and maximizes positive coping by introducing and practicing helpful coping skills and fostering supportive community. All gender identities are welcome.

Grief Support Group

Grief group is a space in which Mines students who have experienced human loss of life can come together to receive emotional support, process their experience, and learn and practice coping and relaxation strategies.