Group Counseling

Topic Groups

Topic based groups bring students together who are going through or have gone through similar experiences and share common ground. Sharing a common experience related to identity, trauma, transition etc. helps members focus on a more specific life area/concern and provides students with peer support and understanding. Topic groups are facilitated by a Counseling Services provider.

Circle of Support Grief Support Group – For more information contact Lynn Mucha, LCSW at

LGBTQIA Support GroupCo-sponsored by the LGBTQ+ Resource Center. Contact Nathan Sheppard, APSW at for more information.

Managing Emotions – For more information, contact Jeb Ebben, LCSW at

Surviving to Thriving Support GroupFor more information please contact Carrie Fleider, LCSW at

Women 25 + Support Group For more information contact Constance Phillips, LCSW at

Interpersonal Process Groups

Interpersonal process groups are a powerful form of therapy to help facilitate growth and change. Groups consist of 5-9 students who meet weekly to share their concerns, receive feedback/ support and provide feedback to other group members in a safe and confidential environment.

A Group Screening is required prior to joining a group. Screening appointments can be scheduled by:

  • Calling SHAW Counseling Services, 414-229-7429
  • Emailing the Topic Group facilitator
  • Emailing Lynn Mucha, LCSW, Group Coordinator,

Community and belonging start here.

Counseling services provides both general interpersonal therapy groups and topic based groups to support your well-being! Group is designed to help students connect and build community while learning new coping skills in a safe, supportive, accepting space.

Through group engagement, students develop increased self-insight and skills to help navigate life.

Creating Communities of Belonging for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities | TIES Center

  • Connectedness
    Having a safe place to talk to others about your concerns. A place that supports acceptance.
  • Universality
    Feeling you’re not alone and realizing that others share the same problems, challenges, fears.
  • Feedback
    Group is a safe place to learn how you’re perceived by others and a chance to practice being assertive communication by giving others feedback. Group can help you find your voice!
  • Insight
    A place to learn new perspectives and experiment with new skills and ideas

What UWM students say about their group experiences.

What brings students to Group Counseling? Students are encouraged to bring concerns big and small to group; If it’s important to you, it’s important in group.

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Feeling uncomfortable in social situations
  • Family stressors
  • Relationship problems
  • Identity and developmental exploration
  • Academic stress
  • Dealing with uncomfortable feelings
  • Grief and loss