Individual and Group Counseling Services

As a UM-Dearborn student, you have access to FREE individual and group counseling services through CAPS!


Individual Services

Individual counseling provides an opportunity to talk with an objective, caring professional about your concerns or problems in a brief, solution focused manner. Concerns discussed range widely, but might include feelings of low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, academic concerns, substances use, issues with friends and family, or relationship concerns. Counseling sessions last 45 minutes.

Group Services

Therapy Groups

Group therapy can be just as effective as individual therapy, and for some, group therapy is actually the ideal treatment. In addition, many students would benefit from learning more skills they could use to assist in their daily life. CAPS offers several different workshops each semester to help meet these needs. 

Interpersonal Therapy Groups

Why do people join group therapy?
People join group therapy because they are having difficulties and benefit from the support of caring peers. Common issues include:

  •  Family problems
  •  Relationship issues
  •  Anxiety
  •  Depression
  •  Loneliness


How does group therapy work?
Group members discuss issues that are of concern to them and offer each other support and feedback. Group therapy works for many reasons including:

  • Group members give feedback and support.
  • Group members offer suggestions for alternative ways of acting.
  • Group encourages members to practice new options.


How do I get the most out of group therapy?Most people are apprehensive about joining a group and experience some initial anxiety. To make group more meaningful and healing:

  • Participate and attend group regularly.
  • Decide what to work on in group and work actively towards change.
  • Express your thoughts and feelings.
  • Give others feedback.
  • Be patient with yourself and the group - it will take time to grow comfortable and develop trust with the group.
  • Try new behaviors suggested in group and ask for feedback from others.


When and How do I join?




No current groups    



Credit for descriptive information: GVSU Group Website

Counseling and Psychological Services

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University Center (UC)
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