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Group Therapy

Group psychotherapy has been shown to be a particularly effective tool for addressing issues common among college students, and can be a unique and powerful venue for growth and change, particularly in the interpersonal realm.

We run one or two weekly psychotherapy groups at the Counseling Center, beginning shortly after the beginning of the semester and lasting until the end of the semester. Groups are composed of 6-8 students and are led by two professional group facilitators. The group meets for an hour and a quarter every week. Members are asked to commit to attending the group consistently throughout the semester in order to enable the establishment of trusting relationships and to facilitate an ability to work through the issues that emerge. There is no specific agenda or theme for the group, and a wide variety of topics may be addressed. Students may choose to engage in group psychotherapy concurrently with individual psychotherapy if they wish.

Students who may be interested in joining a psychotherapy group may contact the Counseling Center at x5458. Students who are already engaged in individual psychotherapy are encouraged to discuss this option with their individual therapists. Groups form at the beginning of the semester, so we urge anyone interested to discuss this early in the semester.

Psychotherapy Groups:

Grief and Bereavement Group

Facilitated by Angela Bardawil and Nicholas Morrison

Fridays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at health and counseling services

A space for students who have experienced a loss in the recent or not so recent past while trying to manage the demands of academics and life at Hampshire.This will be a comfortable setting offering reflection, connection, and support.


General Psychotherapy Group

Facilitated by Liz Schewe and Manj Burdekar

Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m. at health and counseling services

The general psychotherapy group is a weekly, confidential process group for Hampshire College students seeking support for struggles related to mental health, relationships, identity, and academics.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy Group

Facilitated by Reyn Stifler and Rosie DeVincentis

(To be announced) at health and counseling services

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) combines behavioral therapy techniques with Eastern philosophy to help you learn skills in mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation.



Conflict Management

Facilitated by Reyn Stifler

Feb. 22, 3:00-4:30 p.m. in FPH

In this workshop students can expect to learn about proactive ways to reduce the level of interpersonal conflict in their lives and skills to confront relational conflicts with poise and confidence while maintaining respect and safety for all parties. There will be plenty of opportunities for laughter, active engagement, and conversation.


Social Anxiety Workshop

Facilitated by Nicholas Morrison

Feb.22, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in FPH

During this workshop, attendees can expect to learn how to navigate social situations despite feelings of anxiety. Students will be exposed to a variety of strategies to help mitigate social anxiety, and will learn how to take committed action toward their interpersonal values in spite of their worried thoughts and feelings.




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