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Student Health Services

Group Counseling

Find encouragement, understanding and support from others facing similar issues. Students meet in group of six to ten with one or two trained therapists.


Schedule an Appointment

If you’ve never been seen for a counseling appointment,
schedule by visiting

If you need to schedule a return counseling appointment,
call 803-777-5223. 

For group counseling appointments,
schedule by visiting 

For psychiatry, call 803-777-1833. 



Why Group Counseling

Group counseling is a powerful venue for growth and change and one of the most effective tools for addressing common issues among college students.

Deciding Whether Group Counseling Is For You
It's normal to be apprehensive at first, but most students find tremendous support, understanding and encouragement in their groups. 

Many first-time group members are concerned that hearing others' problems will make them feel worse. On the contrary, most members find that hearing others' struggles and successes helps them feel connected and understood.

Covered By Your Student Health Fee
Group counseling sessions are completely covered by your student health fee, paid with your tuition.


Skill-Building Groups

These groups will teach you the necessary skills to manage symptoms and involve minimal interpersonal sharing.

How to Join
Book online through Check MyHealthSpace for upcoming dates and times. 

This group is designed to teach the basic skills of cognitive behavior therapy and assist students with coping with symptoms of anxiety, depression, and change negative thinking that causes distress. Students participating in this group will learn how to:

  • Increase understanding of their symptoms
  • Identify and reduce unhelpful thoughts and behaviors
  • Reduce distress using mindfulness and grounding techniques
  • Learn skills
  • Increase coping

Groups are held for 1.5 hours every week for six weeks.


This group is a safe space for those who struggle with issues related to food. Students who have body image issues, over-exercise, obsess about food and weight loss, overeat, binge, purge or restrict food are welcome in this group. The goal of this group is to help its members gain a deeper understanding of their struggles with food, and to help them develop new coping options and challenge old ideas. This group may not be appropriate for those who engage in excessive eating disorder behaviors.  Those interested must meet with a group facilitator for a 30 minute group screening before they can begin group. 


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a skills based group that is geared specifically towards individuals who have difficulty with regulating their emotions, causing them to constantly be in a state of distress, and/or have problems in sustaining healthy relationships. DBT emphasizes a mindful approach to living so that ordinary moments are enjoyed to their fullest and difficult times are managed with dignity and self-respect. Goals of the group include identifying the issues that cause distress and teaching skills to deal with them without having to resort to self-defeating behaviors. Skills training teaches specific lessons in mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness in order to learn how to be fully in the moment, effectively manage emotions, cope with crises without making them worse, and learning how to have healthy relationships. Sessions are highly interactive, with a strong emphasis on developing practical skills. Group members set weekly goals to practice their new skills, sharing their progress with the group in a supportive environment. Students participating in DBT group will be required to participate in ongoing individual therapy as well as attend all group sessions.

This group is for individuals who may find it challenging to communicate their needs, doubt their self-worth, struggle with shame, and want to develop a clear sense of personal power. Group members will not only learn about the importance of being vulnerable, rejecting shame, and leading a value driven life ,but they will also be given the space to practice these concepts in creative ways and work together to meet goals.


Do you…

  • Fear situations where you may have to interact with others, be observed by others, and/or perform in front of others?
  • Worry that you will say or do something embarrassing when you are in social situations?
  • Feel self-conscious when you are in social situations?
  • Worry that others will see your anxiety or that you might be negatively judged/evaluated?
  • Avoid social situations that you want to be a part of or engage in them with extreme dread?
  • Often feel lonely or wish you could have more connection with others?

This group teaches specific skills to deal with social anxiety and the avoidance of social situations that often results. Students participating in this group will learn how to:

  • Be fully present in the moment; 
  • Overcome fears of social situations using interactive exercises in a supportive group environment; and
  • Develop mindfulness and acceptance skills for more effectively managing unpleasant emotions and anxious thoughts associated with social situations.


This group is for students who may struggle with over eating, feeling out of control when they eat, or use food to cope with emotional stress.  This group will provide an introduction to mindful eating and help participants better understand their relationship with food. Members will better recognize the differences between physical and emotional hunger and feel greater control over their choices related to food. This group will be facilitated by a psychologist and registered dietitian, and those interested must meet with a group facilitator for a 30 minute group screening before they can begin group. 


This group uses principles of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to allow students to start living life more fully.  This group will help you get a closer look at your worried mind and teach you skills to address your worry in a growth fostering way.  This group will also help you identify what is important to you and how to go about achieving your dreams while changing your perspective on anxiety.   Given the sequencing of skills, commitment to attend all four sessions is required. 


Are you having trouble falling asleep? Staying asleep? The Sleep Well Group meets for four sessions and is designed to help address any sleep concerns you may be experiencing. You will learn skills to help improve overall sleep quality, to help reset inconsistent sleep patterns, and help reduce the anxiety and frustration you may experience as a result of poor sleep. If you are struggling with any of the following, then this group may be a good fit for you:

1) Difficulty falling asleep
2) Difficulty staying asleep
3) Inconsistent sleep patterns and poor sleep habits
4) Racing thoughts when you’re trying to go to bed
5) Non-Restorative Sleep

Join today! Once you’ve registered for this group, you will be contacted by the group facilitator and sent the needed paperwork.

Mondays 4:00-5:00 p.m.


Support Groups

These groups allow students who are dealing with similar issues to come together and create safe space to talk about those issues. We ask that you commit to five consecutive meetings when you join, unless noted otherwise.

How to Join
Call 803-777-5223 to join a group and for more information.

This group aims to create a safe and secure environment for women survivors of sexual abuse and/or assault. It hopes to provide support and increased coping skills for group members who may be struggling with current relationships, sexuality, self-esteem or other issues.

Students who identify as trans, gender fluid or gender nonconforming have a unique experience that may not be readily understood or supported by others. This group aims to create a space where students can feel comfortable being their true selves and talk about the issues they face on a daily basis in school, sex, relationships, family, health settings and other facets of life and transition. The group will have a supportive intent and participants may learn additional coping skills related to living in a biased society.

BlackSpace (formerly known as Jamaa) is a community group for Black students (undergraduate, graduate, or professional) attending USC that is sponsored and facilitated by the Counseling Center. One of the reasons BlackSpace was created was to ensure a safe space for Black students to talk about how issues of culture, race, and ethnicity influence their experience of being a student at a predominately White campus. We cover a various topics such as colorism, pop culture, stereotypes in and out of the classroom, current social issues, and increasing confidence.

Process-Oriented Groups

These groups use interpersonal interactions and the examination of those interactions to help students create change, relieve symptoms and learn new behaviors. We ask that you to commit to five consecutive meetings when you join

How to Join
Call 803-777-5223. You must complete a 30-minute one-on-one meeting with at least one of the leaders of the group before attending.

US&O groups are focused on students who present with unhealthy or ineffective relationship patterns at the root of (or related to) their distress.  These groups are focused on helping the members learn to communicate honestly and assertively about their feelings, needs, and thoughts and to learn to tolerate the distress/discomfort related to vulnerability and interpersonal intimacy.  Members work on a variety of issues - like depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, low self-esteem, issues of family conflict or abuse, etc. 

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.