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Graduate Student Support Groups: How They Help

Students looking for a support system while in their graduate programs

Are you a graduate student? More specifically, are you a grad student currently enrolled in a clinical mental health counseling program? 

Graduate school for counseling or social work can be a difficult time for many. Whether you’re returning to school after a twenty-year career in another field or recently completed your undergraduate degree, graduate school is an adjustment. 

There is so much required of you during this time. Maybe you’re juggling a full-time job to pay for your schooling. You might have little kids at home begging for your undivided attention. It could be your first time living in a new place with little to no support system. Or maybe, you find schoolwork really hard to get back into. 

No matter what, your situation is unique and it is not without some obstacles along the way. 

You might be noticing an increase in your own stress and anxiety levels. This could look like trouble falling asleep, constantly thinking about assignments, worrying about how to afford each semester, or feeling like you can’t keep it all straight. Your focus and attention are pulled in many directions during grad school, and it’s completely understandable to relate to one or more of these experiences. 

The good news? You are not alone!

Here at Catalyss Counseling, many of us counselors were in your shoes not too long ago. We understand how hard graduate programs are in every aspect of your life. So, that’s why we offer graduate support groups for current graduate students in any discipline, even for those in clinical mental health counseling and social work programs.

Why Group Counseling for Graduate Students?

We believe that group counseling is a powerful tool to support students like you through the many highs and lows on your journey to becoming professionals.

Our Graduate Student Support Groups offer members chances to explore struggles you’re facing at school, home, and work, as well as process the complexities of working in your chosen field, including the mental health field. 

We understand how isolating grad school can feel, whether you are returning to school after years in the workforce, parenting young children, adjusting to life as an empty nester, or transitioning directly from undergrad to grad school. Your experience is likely different from many of your peers and family members, so that makes it hard for others to understand what you are going through.

It can be so tough when your closest friends and family do not understand the intricacies of what you’re working towards and up against in grad school. Not to mention, you might not always have in-person, live classes, so chances to meet peers in your program can be limited. With few school connections and a feeling of ‘otherness’ amongst your loved ones, grad school quickly feels lonely. 

This support group bridges the gap between your life as a graduate student and your life outside of grad school. Through the Graduate Student Support Group, you have the opportunity to meet other members attending grad schools, explore the similarities and differences of your experiences, and build supportive connections week after week.

Graduate Student Support Group Meeting Information

In order to align with various graduate student program requirements, we offer the Graduate Student Support Group each in the spring and fall semesters. It is an online, weekly group that lasts for between 10-12 weeks. There are typically a few different day and time options to suit your busy grad student schedule. 

If you’d like to learn more about these groups, you can schedule a Free Intake with one of our co-facilitators. They will get to know you, your goals for the group, and help you determine whether the group is a good fit for your needs. They can also answer any questions or concerns that you might have about joining a group. 

How We Can Help

If you are looking for general support, or if you would like to talk to someone more about how we can help you, follow these simple steps:

  1. Begin your journey towards a calmer, more relaxed life

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Author Biography

A therapist at Catalyss Counseling

Rachel Scott is a Master’s level student therapist at Regis University and an intern at Catalyss Counseling. She is passionate about working with young adults who are struggling with their sense of identity, low self-esteem, and big changes. Rachel is originally from Chicago and enjoys the sunshine and warmer temps Denver has to offer! Follow Catalyss Counseling on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.

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