Group Therapy

Group therapy provides students with an opportunity to connect with and receive support from other students who are experiencing similar concerns. It is an effective way to learn from others and build strategies to navigate personal challenges and difficult emotions. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers a range of groups to support students, including general therapy groups, structured groups, and identity-based groups. We invite you to review our current offerings and consider which group may be a good fit for you!

If you are interested in participating in a group or learning more about the options, please contact our office. Prior to joining a group, you will participate in an Initial Consultation during which you can discuss your interest and learn more about the available options.

We will begin to discuss group therapy options with students at the start of the semester, and our groups will remain available for students to join until they are full. Please note that our groups are currently being offered virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summer 2021 Group Therapy Schedule

Understanding Self and Others (USO) Group

Tuesdays, 2-3:30pm

Chloe Connell and Mandi Quay

This group is designed to help members explore issues and dynamics that are affecting their personal life. Specific areas of focus are generally determined by group members and may include relationships, intimacy, boundaries, communication, and self-awareness. The group also provides an opportunity for members to practice new ways of behaving within a safe and encouraging environment where they can receive and provide feedback and support.

Live Your Life Group

Thursdays, 1-2:30pm

Phil Eiseman and Raymond Bradni

This group is designed to help members encounter depression and anxiety (and related issues) differently in the pursuit of living a full and meaningful life. The sessions include short educational components, group discussions, and experiential exercises. There are also exercises to complete between group meetings to help members apply lessons discussed in group to their everyday lives.

Understanding Self and Others (USO) Group for Graduate Students

Thursdays, 1-2:30pm

Natalia Baéz-Powell and Brooke Kahn

This group is designed to help graduate students explore issues and dynamics that are affecting their personal life. Specific areas of focus are generally determined by group members and may include relationships, intimacy, boundaries, communication, and self-awareness. The group also provides an opportunity for members to practice new ways of behaving within a safe and encouraging environment where they can receive and provide feedback and support.

Spring 2021 Group Therapy Schedule

Understanding Self and Others (USO) Group

Mondays, 1-2:30pm

Alex Harrison and Tory Huesgen

This group is designed to help members explore issues and dynamics that are affecting their personal life. Specific areas of focus are generally determined by group members and may include relationships, intimacy, boundaries, communication, and self-awareness. The group also provides an opportunity for members to practice new ways of behaving within a safe and encouraging environment where they can receive and provide feedback and support.

A.C.E. – Authenticity. Connection. Empowerment.

Mondays, 3-4:30pm

Kheia Hilton and Andrea Xisto

Authenticity. Connection. Empowerment (A.C.E) gives Black identified students a supportive, non-judgmental environment to connect and feel empowered in being their authentic selves. Together, we discuss challenges unique to the Black community; Honor the resilience it takes to overcome them; Develop skills to help manage challenging situations; And celebrate our rich cultures.

Understanding Self and Others (USO) Group

Tuesdays, 3-4:30pm

Raymond Bradni and Chloe Connell

This group is designed to help members explore issues and dynamics that are affecting their personal life. Specific areas of focus are generally determined by group members and may include relationships, intimacy, boundaries, communication, and self-awareness. The group also provides an opportunity for members to practice new ways of behaving within a safe and encouraging environment where they can receive and provide feedback and support.

Understanding Self and Others (USO) Group for Graduate Students

Wednesdays, 1-2:30pm

Natalia Baéz-Powell and Brooke Kahn

This group is designed to help graduate students explore issues and dynamics that are affecting their personal life. Specific areas of focus are generally determined by group members and may include relationships, intimacy, boundaries, communication, and self-awareness. The group also provides an opportunity for members to practice new ways of behaving within a safe and encouraging environment where they can receive and provide feedback and support.

DBT Skills Group

Thursdays, 11am-12:30pm

Shannon Bellflower and Phil Kroke

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment designed to teach coping strategies for numerous situations and work towards “a life worth living.” Skills demonstrated in the DBT group will teach members how to exercise a present focus, improve interpersonal relationships, and tolerate and decrease difficult emotions.

LGBTQ+* Group

Thursdays, 1:30-3pm

Mandi Quay and Merrill Reiter

This group offers a safe space for members of the LGBTQ+* community to learn more about how their identities impact their sense of self and relationships with others. In group, members will have the opportunity to share life stressors, give and receive feedback, as well as gain support from one another.

*LGBTQ+ is intended to be an inclusive umbrella term including those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual, gender non-conforming, intersex, pansexual, and those questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation.

Live Your Life Group

Thursdays, 3-4:30pm

Phil Eiseman and Tom Rigg

This group is designed to help members encounter depression and anxiety (and related issues) differently in the pursuit of living a full and meaningful life. The sessions include short educational components, group discussions, and experiential exercises. There are also exercises to complete between group meetings to help members apply lessons discussed in group to their everyday lives.

Surviving to Thriving Group

Fridays, 1-2:30pm

Shereen Ayoubi and Nicole Hedrick

This is a group for self-identified undergraduate and graduate student women seeking support in their journey towards healing after having survived sexual assault that occurred during adolescence and/or adulthood. This group will provide members with an opportunity to explore concerns such as difficulties with emotional/physical intimacy in personal relationships, struggling with trusting oneself and/or others, coping with emotional/physical triggers related to their sexual assault, managing self-blame/guilt following their sexual assault, amongst many other topics. Members will not be expected to self-disclose specific details about their sexual assault within group. This group will provide members with the opportunity to connect and relate with other women who share similar experiences, and realize that they are not alone, in an authentic, affirming, and confidential space.