Group therapy

Group therapy at the Counseling Center is free, unlimited and confidential. Therapy groups are for UMKC students only, but some psycho-educational groups may include UMKC staff.

The Counseling Center offers several groups each semester. These groups are a great opportunity for UMKC students to learn about themselves and their relationships with others. Interpersonal process groups are very effective in helping people work on issues related to interpersonal concerns such as trust, expressing and responding to emotion, and healthy communication.  Psycho-educational groups can help people gain support and learn new coping skills.

Current Group Offerings (updated 12/15)

We are currently accepting individuals who are interested in joining a Spring 2016 group.


Who Can Join

When It Meets


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Learning About Self & Others:  Interpersonal Process Therapy Group Male or female students TBD Yes Dusty Baker
Learning About Self & Others:  Interpersonal Process Therapy Group Male or female students TBD Yes Dusty Baker
SKILLfully Responding to Stress and Distress: 6-week group for building coping skills Male or female students or staff TBD Yes Dusty Baker



Joining A Group

Most groups require a pre-group meeting to make sure that the group you are interested in is a good fit for your needs.  Please contact the group leader(s) listed above, or, if you are unsure which group might be right for you, contact the Groups Coordinator, Dusty Baker, at 816-235-1258 or e-mail him.


Some issues that bring students to group are:

  • Feelings of loneliness or isolation
  • Shyness
  • A desire for greater independence in relationships
  • More meaningful relationships
  • Greater comfort in social relationships
  • Greater ability to trust others
  • Less arguments and more intimacy in relationships

Additionally, group can be beneficial for people struggling with other personal concerns such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Procrastination
  • Loss or grief

Group therapy works because the way people act in the group often reflects how they behave on the outside. Because group is a “safe” place, members can work on doing things differently in group and can see that they are not alone in their struggles. Groups are professionally facilitated and meet for 75-90 minutes a week and contain between five and nine members. Some groups are 7-8 sessions long and others are longer.  Some students opt to return to group each semester.

Comments from former group members:

  • If you stick with it and participate, you can definitely improve yourself!
  • The group has been really helpful in guiding me through my inner and most private experiences.  Even when I couldn't speak up, it got me in deep connection with myself.
  • I was so happy to see that this was available.  Group was a tremendous help for me during a difficult time and has helped me work on difficult issues that keep cropping up.  We'll definitely continue with that.
  • What a great opportunity this is to work on your own personal issues but ultimately the more you put into it - the more you get out of it.
  • If you're willing to try, the only thing group will do for you is to help you.

Contact Info

Dusty Baker, M.S.
Groups Coordinator
Phone: 816-235-1258