Group and Workshop Information

DROP IN WORKSHOPS THIS WEEK: Stress Management on Thursday, 3/28, 1-2pm in the Music School Healthy Relationships on Friday, 3/29, 1-2pm in SAC W314. COMING UP: Stress Management, on Thursday, 4/11, 2-3pm in SAC W305 Conquering Test Anxiety on Wednesday, 4/17, 1-2pm in SAC W305

Spring 2019 Group and Workshop Schedule

Group counseling can be a very effective way to address a wide range of issues. What better way to address what’s on your mind than to get input from people who can relate to you! Groups can help people feel connected, get lots of feedback and ideas, and find hope that things can be better. Groups typically include 5-8 participants and 1 or 2 therapists and meet for 90 minutes each week for the duration of a semester. Groups are confidential, and participants sign contracts stating they will uphold confidentiality. 

The following groups and workshops are being offered by the UofL Counseling Center during the Spring 2019 semester. All groups are held at the UofL Counseling Center at 215 Central Ave., Suite 201.UNLESS NOTED OTHERWISE Call our office at (502) 852-6585 or email the group leaders for more information and/or to sign up to attend.

Group/WorkshopDescriptionMeeting TimeGroup Leaders

Staying Afloat: Skills to Cope with Difficult Emotions (WORKSHOP)

Location: SAC rm W303

This workshop is designed to assist students in developing healthier and more effective coping skills for navigating difficult emotions. If you have struggled with feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or unable to face life at times, this workshop is right for you.  This workshop will consist of a rotation of psycho-education on healthy and effective coping that will repeat three times through the spring semester. Our first rotation of this four part series will begin on 2/7/19. No appointment necessary--drop in!

LOCATION: SAC room W303 

Thursdays 3-4pm--will run 3 rounds, starting 2/7/19

Ruby Casiano, PhD

Connections: Understanding Self and Others

Connections is a group that strives to not only help UofL students with the issues that bring them to therapy, but also help with learning about themselves in their interactions with others. This group will be an open group where UofL students can join throughout the semester as long as there is room in the group (max for membership is 8). If you are interested in joining our group, please contact Dr. Ruby Casiano ( to set up a 30-minute consultation that will provide you information about the group and answer any questions you may have. This group will run from January 23rd until April 19th in the spring 2019 semester.

Wednesdays 10:30am-12pm

Will run from 1/23/19 until 4/19/19

Ruby Casiano, PhD

Graduate Student Support Group

Come join us and meet other graduate students from a variety of disciplines with whom you can share your struggles and successes in both graduate school and life.  Each meeting we will discuss chapters from "Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live," by Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW 

Group members will need to purchase the book. 

For more information, and to sign up for this group, please email or

Every other Thursday, 4:30pm-5:30pm; meets on the following dates:

  • 1/24
  • 2/7
  • 2/21
  • 3/7
  • 3/21
  • 4/4

Gabrielle Billings, LCSW 


Michelle Pinckney Johnson, LMFT, LPCC

Art Therapy Group: Understanding Self and Others through the Expressive Arts

This group will offer participants a nonjudgmental space to incorporate art therapy into their personal growth and healing processes. We will use a variety of art materials to explore how our creativity can help us cope. Issues commonly addressed include anxiety, depression, mood, relationship concerns, self-esteem, family of origin, etc. 

No artistic experience required!

For more information, please email

Wednesdays 3-4:30pm

starts 1/23/19

Rachel Evans, ATR, LPCC

*will include a graduate student co-facilitator

Stress Group (Anxiety Management) 

This group is designed to help you develop effective Anxiety Management Skills with Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques in a small group setting. 

For more information, and to sign up for this group, please email

Wednesdays 4:45-5:30pm

starts 1/23/19

Susan Schroeder, LPA

Tame Your Critic

Are you hard on yourself or do you put yourself down a lot? This group will help you to reduce self-criticism and to see yourself through more compassionate eyes. Before starting the group, Dr. Kalawski will meet individually with everyone interested to talk about the group and learn about each person. To better understand the focus of the group, check out this video about self-criticism.

Please call the Counseling Center at (502) 852-6585 to make a "group screening" appointment with Dr. Kalawski
Juan Pablo Kalawski, PhD
Tianhong "Jojo" Yao, MPhil
Getting Through the Blues

Do you have:

  • Feelings of sadness or hopelessness?
  • Difficulty concentrating?
  • Lack of interest/motivation in activities you used to enjoy?

College students are increasingly struggling with depression. You don’t have to go through it alone.

Join us to:

  • Learn how to manage symptoms of depression 
  • Develop coping skills 
  • Be supported in a judgment-free environment
Group is open to all students. If you are interested in joining the group or have questions, feel free to contact the group leaders, Dr. Sarah Kolb at, or Katy Baxter, LCSW at

Tuesdays 11am-12pm

Fridays 1:30-2:30pm

starts 1/25/19

Sarah Kolb, PhD
Katy Baxter, LCSW

***Many people have their own beliefs about group counseling, perhaps from word of mouth, television shows, or just our own expectations. The document below includes a variety of myths that you may have heard about groups. Reading through this may help you feel at ease before attending your first group.

Myths About Groups (PDF)

PDF Reader


Counseling Center
Cardinal Station
215 Central Ave., Suite 201
Louisville, Kentucky 40208

Office Hours

Spring 2019

Mon: 8am-5pm

Tues: 8am-5pm

Wed: 8am- 6pm

Thurs: 8am- 6pm

Fri: 8am- 5pm

Sat & Sun: closed


Mon-Fri 8:30a to 4:30p

Closed on University holidays and closings. We observe delayed starts and early closings set by the University.


tel (502) 852-6585

Note that email cannot be used to make appointments.