Please note that all of our groups are being offered virtually in Fall 2021.
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 2021 Group Therapy Schedule
Understanding Self and Others (USO)
Tory Huesgen and Katie Scopelliti
USO is designed to help members explore issues and dynamics that are affecting their personal lives. Specific areas of focus are generally determined by group members and may include relationships, intimacy, boundaries, communication, and self-awareness. This 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.
Surviving to Thriving
Emily Rieve and Aysha DeSilva
Surviving to Thriving is for self-identified 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, and managing self-blame/guilt following their sexual assault. Members will not be expected to self-disclose specific details about their sexual assault within group. The group will provide members with the opportunity to connect with and relate to other women who share similar experiences, and realize that they are not alone, in an authentic, affirming, and confidential space.
Calena Creft and Shereen Ayoubi
The purpose of BIPOC Belonging is to create a safe space for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and/or Person of Color) students to openly engage in dialogues about their lived experiences as people of color on this campus, and in this world. This group serves as a resource for BIPOC students to unapologetically show up as their authentic selves, and to provide a space where they can be fully seen and heard. In this supportive environment, BIPOC students will have the opportunity to increase awareness about their identities, learn coping strategies tailored to meet their specific needs, and connect with others through similar experiences.
Anxiety Support Group (ASG)
Raymond Bradni and Emily Ho
ASG brings together students who are experiencing anxiety and provides an opportunity for members to share personal experiences, receive support, and learn and practice coping skills. Some areas of focus include understanding the cognitive, physiological, and behavioral components of anxiety; leaning and implementing coping skills; understanding the role of cognitive biases in anxiety symptoms; replacing biased and fearful self-talk with realistic and empowering self-talk; and learning and implementing interpersonal skills to improve relationships.
Understanding Self and Others (USO) for Graduate Students
Natalia Báez-Powell and Brooke Kahn
USO for Graduate Students is designed to help graduate students explore issues and dynamics that are affecting their personal lives. Specific areas of focus are generally determined by group members and may include relationships, intimacy, boundaries, communication, and self-awareness. This 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
Phil Eiseman and Patricia Carreño
Live Your Life 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.
I Thought It Was Me
Emily Rieve and Keshani Perera
I Thought It Was Me is an unstructured group for students who have been negatively affected by traumatic experiences and/or all forms of abuse within their family of origin and who are actively seeking healing related to these experiences. Acknowledging that all families are different, members can come from different backgrounds and family constellations. This group strives to create a supportive and safe environment that acknowledges that the healing process is unique to each individual. The goal of the group is to facilitate a sense of awareness, reduce self-blame and shame, and build mutual support and connection between members.
Mandi Quay and Tory Huesgen
LGBTQ+ 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.
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