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.

Fall 2020 Group Therapy Schedule

Live Your Life Group

Mondays, 3-4:30pm

Tory Huesgen & 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.

DBT Skills Group

Tuesdays, 3-4:30pm

Shannon Bellflower and Merrill Reiter

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

Tuesdays, 3-4:30pm

Alex Harrison & Tom Rigg

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.

Surviving to Thriving Group

Wednesdays, 3-4:30pm

Emily Rieve 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.

Understanding Self and Others (USO) Group

Thursdays, 1:30-3pm

Brooke Kahn 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.

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

Thursdays, 3-4:30pm

Kheia Hilton and Calena Creft

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.

Live Your Life Group

Fridays, 10-11:30am

Phil Eiseman & Calena Creft

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.

In Crisis?

Emergency Contacts

Online Crisis Chat

Crisis Text Line

    Text HOME to 741-741

CrisisLink

    703-527-4077

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

    800-273-8255

Veterans Crisis Line

    800-273-8255, Press 1

Mason Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Crisis Line

    703-380-1434

TrevorLifeline

    866-488-7386

Trans Lifeline

    877-565-8860

Mason Police

    703-993-2810