Group Therapy


Group therapy has been shown to be the most effective strategy to address most issues facing undergraduate and graduate college students. Group therapy offers students an opportunity to meet in a safe, confidential, and supportive space to share experiences, learn fresh perspectives, and experiment with new behaviors and ways of being. Through this process you develop insights, tools, and techniques that you can use to improve your quality of life.


  • Increase self-awareness and understanding of others
  • Enhance quality of relationships
  • Develop trust and empowerment in one's own abilities
  • Decrease isolation and loneliness
  • Increase sense of belonging
  • Experience meaningful and authentic connections with others
  • Develop new, healthier ways of relating to others
  • Greater ease in identifying, experiencing, and expressing feelings
  • Increase confidence and self esteem
  • Increase ability to give and receive honest feedback


Groups fill up quickly at CAPS and the best time to join is at the beginning of the quarter. If you are interested in group, want more information about group, or are curious if group is right for you, please contact us at 847-491-2151. You will have an opportunity to meet with the group co-leaders to learn more about group prior to making a decision to commit to a group. They can answer any questions, prepare you for what to expect, and explore how group can enhance and improve your NU experience.

Groups are FREE and you can participate in unlimited group sessions as long as you are a full time student at NU!


Is group confidential?

All group members are expected to keep information about the group and its participants confidential. Confidentiality allows for the development of trust and safety to explore concerns.

How much should I share?

You control what, how much, and when you share with the group. Most people find that they feel safe to share what is troubling them.

I have trouble speaking openly about myself in groups. How will group work for me?

It is normal to feel anxious about group AND group provides the optimal and safe setting for students to address these concerns. Group offers the opportunity to learn how to express thoughts and feelings.

What if I have nothing to talk about?

You can also be helped by others by listening to their stories and thinking about how it may apply to you.

How long is the group?

Groups meet for 90 minutes once a week for the full quarter.

How many students are in the group?

Most groups have 6-8 students with one or two facilitators.