As of March 18, all mental health services are being provided via telebehavioral health service modalities (secure video conference or telephone sessions). No students or clients will be seen in-person at the UCI Counseling Center on-campus location. At this time we are only able to provide services to students who are in the state of California due to state laws and regulations.

If you wish to initiate services, please call us for appointment information and availability. Please call us at 949-824-6457 to speak to one of our front office staff members who will assist in setting you up for telebehavioral health services.  


Group Therapy 

Research shows that group therapy is one of the most effective and efficient tools for addressing concerns common to people seeking counseling services. A significant benefit of group therapy includes not feeling as alone since others in the group will likely have experienced similar concerns. Most participants, though somewhat apprehensive at first, report that the group experience was helpful far beyond their expectations. 

What can I expect from being in drop-in/support groups?
Support groups are spaces where people with similar concerns can encourage, understand, validate, and comfort one another. Support groups do not emphasize dynamics occurring between members, nor do they emphasize change. Our drop-in/support groups do not require contact or screenings with the Counseling Center.  These are open-ended and are availble to students to join at their leisure. 

What can I expect from being in therapy groups?
Therapy groups go beyond providing a space for sharing feedback and support. They encourage participants to deepen multiple perspectives, practice skills, experiment new behaviors, and learn how to have more satisfying relationships. Interpersonal dynamics occurring between members may be emphasized, often leading to enhanced personal growth. 

In order to participate in group therapy services you will need to complete an Initial Assessment appointment with the Counseling Center. You can inform the Iniatial Assessment clinician that you are interseted in therapy groups. Your Initial Assessment therapist may also suggest or refer you to group based on your presenting concerns and treatment needs and/or goals. After you have completed an initial assessment and have been referred to a group you will complete a Group Screening with the leader(s) of the group. This is a brief appointment to help the leader(s) learn more about you and to inform you about what you can expect from group therapy. 

Due to the Counseling Center operating remotely, group therapy services will be offered via telebehavioral videoconferencing for the Winter 2021 quarter. At this time only currently enrolled UCI students who are currently located in the state of California will be able to participate in group therapy services.

For a list of our current group (drop-in/support and therapy group) listings please see information listed below. 

Group Therapy and Common Myths
 “I will be forced to tell my secrets to the group or do something I don’t want to.”

  • You control what, how often, and when you share with the group

 “Group therapy is less effective than individual therapy.”

  • Group therapy is as effective as individual therapy. You can learn from other’s experiences and support each other.

 “It is too difficult to get groups organized in a quarter system.”

  • Time limited groups have increased efficiency of group work, and often more appropriate for college students who are in the quarter system. Groups are often the most effective method to treat concerns that university students are facing.

“My problems are not as bad as others, or they are worse than others.”

  •  Students benefit from knowing that they are not alone in situations, regardless of what they are struggling with. While supporting others, you are also improving yourself. Additionally, you will be supported when you need it

“People outside of the group will hear what I discussed.”

  • Members of the group are highly encouraged to maintain the privacy of other group members. Only the group leaders are bound to confidentiality.

Workshop Services

Workshops are offered routinly through the UCI Counseling Center. Workshops can be a great place for students to learn about skills, information, and resources around a variety of topics. Workshops also allow students who may feel isolated, disconnected, or alone to connect with others in a non-clinical setting.

The great thing about our workshop services is that no prior contact or screenings with the Counseling Center is required to attend these drop-in workshops.  Just go to the workshop of your choice and click on the listed zoom link to connect to the online workshop (Workshops are being conducted via a HIPAA compliant zoom). You can attend multiple workshops through out the quarter.  

Due to the Counseling Center operating remotely, group therapy services will be offered via telebehavioral videoconferencing for the Winter 2021 quarter. Workshops are intended for currently enrolled UCI students who are currently located in the state of California. See the full listing of virtual Workshop Series below. We hope to see you soon! 

Please note, workshops begin 5 minutes after the start time listed below and are closed 10 minutes past start time. 

Fall 2021 Virtual Workshop Series and Group Therapy Listings

Workshops, Drop-in Groups, and Therapy Groups are intended for currently enrolled students who are currently located in the state of California. For more information about Counseling Center Workshops and Therapy Groups, please contact the Counseling Center at (949) 824-6457.

Mondays

  • Surviving to Thriving in 2021 Workshop Series

    Counseling Center Staff

    Mondays, 1:00pm -2:00pm (Weekly)

    Surviving to Thriving in 2021

    A workshop series targeted to helping and assisting with challenges that we are currently facing in the 2021 fall quarter. Learn skills to adjust to the new now. 

    Click to Join on Mondays 1:00pm-2:00pm: https://uci-hipaa.zoom.us/j/96899283712

    September 27: Living in the Now

    October 4: Adjusting to Change

    October 11: Love Yourself!

    October 18: Return to the Social "Jungle"

    October 25: Focus, Concentration, & Procrastination

    November 1: Connection to Others & Self

    November 8: Motivation

    November 15: Healthy Coping

    November 22: A Better Attitude with Gratitude

    November 29: Sleep

     

Tuesdays

  • Graduate Student Therapy Group

    Counseling Center Staff

    Tuesdays 9:30am-11:00am (pre-screening required)

    This is a process-oriented therapy group for graduate students who would like to receive/provide support, learn about self and others, share their experiences, and discuss possible ways to cope with struggles. The focus of the group will be determined by the members; possible topics may include academic distress, personal growth, relationships, and work-life balance. Call the Counseling Center to learn more information about this therapy group. 
  • Authentic Connections

    Counseling Center Staff

    Tuesdays 1:00pm-2:30pm (Pre-screening required)

    This group is for students interested in better understanding themselves and their relationships with others. The group offers a safe environment where members can express their thoughts and feelings and provide support and feedback to one another. Call the Counseling Center to learn more information about this therapy group. 
  • Finding Peace in Family Chaos

    Counseling Center Staff

    Tuesdays 3:00-4:30pm (pre-screening required)

    This support group aims to provide a safe and nonjudgmental space for participants to increase awareness of how their family dynamics impact their relational patterns and overall functioning during COVID and beyond. Through the interactive nature of the group members may engage in discussion and exploration of diverse topics including family and cultural expectations, spirituality, academics, career goals, and romantic relationships. Giving and receiving of interpersonal feedback is also an important component of this group. Call the Counseling Center to learn more information about this therapy group. 
  • Diverse Identities and Mental Health

    Counseling Center Staff

    Tuesdays, 4pm-5pm (dates listed in description)

    Diverse Identities and Mental Health 

    Our unique and individual experiences of being intersectional beings impact the way we interact with the world and how it impacts our mental health. Learn more about how our diverse identiies interact with our mental health and well-being. 

    Click to Join on Tuesdays 4pm-5pm: https://uci-hipaa.zoom.us/j/98235359920 

    LGBTQ Students: October 5

    Latinx Students: October 19

    International Students : November 2

    First Generation College Students: November 16

    AAPI Students: November 30

     

Wednesdays

  • Wellness Workshop Series

    Counseling Center Staff

    Wednesdays, 1:00pm- 2:00 pm (weekly)

    Wellness Workshop Series (Weekly)

    Join us for this weekly workshop series where you can learn skills, information, and resources about a variety of topics that impact college students today. 

    Click to Join on Wednesdays 1pm-2pm: https://uci-hipaa.zoom.us/s/92274574035

    September 29: Return to Campus

    October 6: Grief in the Context of Covid-19

    October 13: Procrastination

    October 20: Test Anxiety

    October 27: Building Self-Esteem

    November 3: Self-care and Gratitude

    November 10: Nurturing Creativity

    November 17: Healthy Relationships

    November 24: Conflict Resolution

    December 1:Managing Stress in All the Right Ways

  • Overcoming Social Anxiety

    Counseling Center Staff

    Wednesdays 3:00pm-4:30pm (Pre-screening required)

    This skills-focused group is designed to help students overcome anxiety in a variety of social situations including public speaking, meeting new people, initiating and maintaining conversations. Call the Counseling Center today to learn more information about this therapy group. 

Thursdays

  • Academic Boot Camp Workshop Series

    Counseling Center Staff

    Thursdays, 1:00pm – 2:00pm (dates listed in description)

    Academic Boot Camp Workshop Series 

    This workshop series will focus on increasing motivation to start and work towards completing academic tasks, reducing avoidance or difficult projects/assignments, and developing better time management and prioritization skills.

    Click to Join on Thursdays 1pm-2pmhttps://uci-hipaa.zoom.us/j/92635504076

    October 14: Maintaining Motivation

    October 21: Reducing Avoidance

    October 28: Improving Time Management

    November 4: Maintaining Motivation

    November 18: Reducing Avoidance

    December 2: Improving Time Management

     

     

     

  • Graduate Student Workshop Series

    Counseling Center Staff

    Thursdays, 3:00pm-4:00pm (dates listed in the description)

    Graduate Student Workshop Series (intended for graduate and professional students only)

    This is a four-week workshop series for graduate and professional students and each week would have a topic such as: stress management, imposter syndrome, time management, and navigating academic relationships. This workshop series aims to help graduate and professional students understand their concerns related to each topic and develop skills to improve them.

    Click to Join on Thursday 3:00pm-4:00pm: https://uci-hipaa.zoom.us/s/94544947904

    Stress Management: September 30, October 28

    Imposter Syndrome: October 7, November 4

    Time Management: October 14, November 18

    Navigating Academic RelationshipsOctober 21, December 2

     

Fridays

  • Journey to Befriending Your Body

    Counseling Center Staff

    Fridays 10:00am-11:30am (Pre-screening required)

    This is a process-oriented therapy group for students of ALL genders and sizes who would like to work on their concerns, discomfort, and discontent about their own bodies, shapes, weight, and appearance. This group aims to help members to begin or progress their journeys to healthy relationships with their bodies through exploring relevant feelings and thoughts, receiving/providing support, and discussing ways to cope in a safe space. The focus of the group will be determined by the members; possible topics may include self-esteem, interpersonal insecurity, perfectionism, and cultural and familiar influences. Call the Counseling Center today to learn more information about this therapy group. 
  • One Foot Out Drop-in Group

    Counseling Center and LGBT RC Staff Member

    Fridays, 11am-12pm

    Counseling Center Staff & Partnership with LGBT RC.

    A drop-in group for individuals needing support around topics such as: coming out, chosen family, PRIDE, and QTIPOC related concerns, relationships, and Queer History. This is a partnered event with the LGBT RC-please go to their website for more information.