Group Counseling

Counseling Services

Creighton University
Harper 1034, Ground floor
Omaha, Nebraska 68178
Phone: (402) 280-2735

8:00-4:30 Monday
10:00-6:30 Tuesday
8:00-6:30 Wednesday
8:00-4:30 Thursday - Friday

Summer Hours

8:00-4:30 Monday - Friday

Group Counseling

Group Therapy

The perspectives of others who share similar circumstances and challenges can often be helpful to students seeking counseling. The safe and confidential nature of the group setting will help students interact with others and talk openly about their concerns. In the process, they will receive group support and learn to develop more healthy and satisfying relationships.

We offer groups for students on a variety of topics. Examples of groups typically offered include depression, anxiety, transition to college, eating concerns women's issues, men's issues, LGBTQ issues, and stress management/relaxation. Groups offered vary by semester and student interest.

How Does Group Therapy Work?

Students meet in small groups of 6-8 members with 1 or 2 group leaders once a week for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Most groups require that you schedule a brief screening interview with the group leader(s) prior to joining. Group Counseling may be done in conjunction with individual counseling or you may decide after to talking to counselor that group participation alone would be most beneficial to you. Most students are a little anxious when starting group counseling (particularly if they have not had prior group experience) but become more comfortable over time as they get to know other group members. In group, members are encouraged to talk about their concerns and to express thoughts and feelings about what other group members say or do. Interaction among group members is highly encouraged so that participants can "try out" new ways of relating in a safe and supportive environment. Trust and a sense of safety build over time due to the confidential nature of the group and based on members' participation and commitment.

What is the Benefit of Group Therapy?

Group Counseling is one of the best ways to learn about how you interact with and impact others. It is particularly useful for identifying and addressing recurring relationship difficulties or ways of coping that tend to cause problems for you. Students tend to get the most out of group counseling when they are willing to talk openly about their concerns and are open to giving and receiving feedback from others. Group members are not forced to talk, it is up to each group member how much he or she chooses to share. Telling other group members what you need and want from them contributes to a better overall group experience. Group members frequently benefit from the support and suggestions they get from one another and from the facilitators. They also discover they are not alone and that others are dealing with similar concerns. Within the safety of the group, issues that are of concern can be explored and new ways of managing them are learned. Insights or new behaviors learned in group can then be applied outside of group.

Groups Offered 2017-2018

Safe Space Group

Facilitators: Alyssa Newman

This group is designed as a confidential, safe place for sexuality and gender acceptance.  Group will meet on a weekly basis to talk, connect, offer support, and discuss issues of personal relevance in an affirming environment.  Possible topics include: relationships, family, identity, discrimination, and other mental health concerns.  

Dates and Location:  Date of first meeting is not yet decided.  It will be on Tuesday Evenings, 5:00 - 6:00 PM, Center for Health and Counseling.  

Please contact Alyssa Newman (

Grief Group Support Group

Facilitator: Dr. Michael Kelley; Co-facilitator: Maddie Moore

This group is offered to students who have lost a loved one. The purpose of the group is to provide support, education, and a safe place to talk about all of the feelings and struggles that are a normal part of the grieving process.

Dates and Location: Tuesday Evenings, 4:30 - 5:30 PM, Center for Health and Counseling

Please contact Dr. Kelley ( for further information.

About Parents Group

Facilitator: Kitty Brougham

This group is offered to students who have a parent or caregiver with a mental health disorder.  This group provides helpful information about mental illness and parent-child relationships, explores the unique challenges facing those students, and provides a comforting place to connect with others who have similar struggles. 

Dates and Location: TBD

Please contact Kitty ( for further information.