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Support Groups & Workshops

University Health and Counseling Services offers a variety of groups each term in an effort to support your varying needs. We are happy to help you find the best fit for you. 

All groups provide a nonjudgmental and confidential space in which to learn as well as to receive and offer support. You’ll explore different perspectives and new ways of coping. Groups are a brave space for personal connection and personal growth.  

To learn about workshops, please scroll to the bottom of the page. Workshops are held virtually and open to Northeastern students globally.

Groups are for CURRENT Northeastern students in Massachusetts only and are held at EST.

What to Expect – Support Groups

I’m interested in participating in a group. What do I need to do? 

  • To express interest in participating in a group, you’ll need to submit an interest form. The link to the form is included in the group descriptions, below. Space is limited so please fill out the interest form as soon as you know which group you’d like to attend. 
  • Please pay attention to the dates and times of the support groups offered before you complete the interest form to ensure there are no scheduling conflicts. We ask that you only submit interest forms for groups you can commit to attending.  
  • The group interest form will be sent to the group facilitator for the group that you expressed interest in. The facilitator will reach out to you within one week of receiving your interest form. If you do not hear back within one weeks’ time, please contact UHCS at 617.373.2772. It’s important that you respond to their call or message. Groups fill up quickly and membership is limited, so your prompt response is helpful.  
  • The facilitator will talk with you about the group and next steps. If the group is already full (no longer accepting new members), they can assist you with connecting with additional resources instead.  

The facilitator contacted me, and I’ve arranged to participate in the group. What else do I need to know? 

  • Check whether the group you are registered for is being offered in-person or virtually. 
  • If your group is in-person: Please arrive at UHCS five to ten minutes before the start time for the group. Upon arriving, please check in at the front desk with a Patient Associate. After checking in, have a seat in the seating area. The group facilitator will come out and greet you and escort you to the group room.  
  • If your group is offered virtually: At the time of registration, you will receive information on how to join the group. This information will include a link.  
  • Consistent group attendance is important. If you are not able to commit to attending all sessions, please consider participating at another time when you are better able to attend all sessions.  
  • It is important that group members are on time for visits.  

I am interested in a group that is listed as no longer accepting new members. What are my options? 

  • If you are interested in learning about support groups that might be available outside of Northeastern, contact Danette Mucaria, Associate Director of Mental Health (, 617.373.2772). 
  • Mental health support is available through UHCS and Find@Northeastern

Fall 2023 Support Groups and Workshops



Taking the Fear Out of Food

2:30PM to 3:30PM EST, VIRTUAL

October 16th through December 4th

If you have noticed that thoughts about food and body image consume more of your time and energy than you would like, join us and learn skills for coping with the emotions that surround your relationship with food. This group will be held virtually. Students in Massachusetts can participate.

To express interest click here.

Grief & Loss Support Group

3:00PM to 4:00PM EST, In person

October 2nd through December 4th

A group to create space for those students who are struggling with loss and/or grief and are interested in a place to process in a group format. Open to graduate and undergraduate students.

To express interest click here.


Anywhere on the Rainbow – An LGBTQIA2S+ Support Group

3:00PM to 4:00PM EST, In person

September 26th through December 5th

Come together with students who identify within the LGBTQIA2S+ community or are questioning their gender/sexuality to connect with others, honor a wide range of experiences, and celebrate the authentic you! This group is targeted towards LGBTQIA2S+ identifying students, students exploring identities, and intersection thereof.

To express interest click here.


Soulful Expression for BIPOC Students

3:30PM to 4:30PM EST, In person

Soulful Expressions for BIPOC students is being converted to an art-based workshop to be offered to students on a future date (TBD); If you or someone you know are interested in working on their mental health and healing journey through art and spoken word opportunities at a future workshop or group event, they are encouraged to email


International Students Let’s Chat for Mental Wellness

12:30PM to 1:30PM EST

2 offerings will be available, one in person and one virtual.

In person:

  • 9/14
  • 10/05 (Curry Student Center 348)
  • 10/26 (Curry Student Center 346)
  • 11/09 (Curry Student Center 440)

Virtual: 9/21, 10/19, 11/02, 11/16

Let’s Chat sessions provides an open, non-judgmental and safe space for international students to gain their awareness in exploring their needs in life, make social connections, and learn skills to navigate in searching resources through sharing their unique personal experiences. These workshops are lead by a clinician from UHCS and peers to make connection, access support, and explore resources to benefit your mental wellness.

To express interest click here.

VIRTUAL Workshop Log-in Information

Meeting ID: 950 5839 4812

Global Rainbow – An LGBTQIA2S+ Support Group for International students

2:00PM to 3:00PM EST, In person

September 28th to November 2nd

International students! Have you questioned or been thinking about your gender/sexual identity, or have you already identified as someone within the LGBTQIA2S+ community? This is a support group for you! This group is designed for international students to have a safe space to explore their gender/sexual identities, share their stories, and create a sense of belonging in a community.

To express interest click here.


HEAL is a psychoeducational support group for survivors of sexual assault. This group is offered in conjunction with OPEN’s Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Two in-person sections of this support group will be offered this semester. If interested in HEAL, please select only one time to commit to, as the option to switch between group times is not available:

  • Thursdays from 10:00AM to 11:30AM EST (October 12-December 7, 2023)
  • Thursdays from 4:00PM to 5:30PM EST (October 12-December 7, 2023) At capacity

Please note that the 4:00-5:30 PM EST section is now full for the Fall 2023 semester. If you have questions, are interested in learning about future HEAL group opportunities, or are seeking confidential support related to sexual violence, please contact group facilitator Madi Bell, LICSW at

To express interest in the 10AM – 11:30AM group offering click here.


Anxiety & You: Skills Approach to Help Manage Anxiety

3:00PM to 4:00PM EST, In person – this group is at capacity and no longer able to accept additional students

October 6th through November 3rd

This group will be a psychoeducational and hands-on 5 session series designed to help students to learn more about what anxiety is and learn skills to help manage its interference in their lives. Each session will have a theme including understanding anxiety, strategies to combat anxiety, gradually facing fears, anxiety management and more.

WORKSHOPS – virtual, open to all global campus students

Calming the Worried Mind 

Tuesdays, 5:30PM – 6:45PM EST

October 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th

Learn to manage anxiety by joining the Calming the Worried Mind psychoeducational workshop.

Register here

Organizational Skills

Wednesdays, 5:30PM – 6:45PM EST

October 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th

Learn strategies to improve your organizational skills in this 4-session psychoeducational workshop, Organizational Skills.

Register here

Sleeping Soundly

Tuesdays, 5:30 pm-6:45 pm EST

November 14 and November 28

“Sleeping Soundly” is a 2-session workshop starting on 11/14/23 and will combine group meetings with support and skill building exercises to improve sleep.