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.

 

Fall 2018 Group Therapy Schedule

Understanding Self and Others

Mondays, 3-4:30pm

Brooke Kahn & Alex Abramowicz

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

Tuesdays 3-4:30pm

Kati Hutchinson & Maria Cimporescu

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

Tuesdays, 3-4:30pm

Angel Van Wagenen & Ann Krajewski

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

Wednesdays, 1-2:30pm

Allie Minieri & Sanjita Meem

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

Sylvia Hanna & Andrea Xisto

Wednesdays, 3-4:30pm

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.

 

I Thought it was Me

Wednesdays, 3-4:30pm

Gloria Huh & Megan Humphries

This group is designed to support 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 around issues related to these experiences. We strive 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.

 

LGBTQA+ Group

Thursdays, 3-4:30pm

Alex Harrison & Emma Nowicki

This group offers a safe space for members of the LGBTQA* community to learn more about themselves, relationships with others, your coping strategies. In group, members will have the opportunity to share life stressors, give and receive feedback, as well as gain support from one another.

*LGBTQA 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.

 

Understanding Self and Others

Thursdays, 3-4:30pm

Derek Vigon & Charlotte Richards

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.

Seeking Safety

Thursdays, 1-2:30pm

Alexis Melville & Kheia Hilton

Have you experienced traumatic events? Are you frustrated with using substances as the only way to cope? Interested in learning new skills in a creative and meaningful way? Then this group might be a good fit for you. The main goal of this group is to learn creative ways to manage the emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal effects of trauma while learning ways to cope outside of using substances. Establishing safety can be life-enhancing and can start the path towards a better relationship with trauma and the role of substances in your life. Please join us as we journey together on this path to Seeking Safety.

 

Surviving to Thriving

Fridays, 1-2:30pm

Iren Valentine & Silvana Good

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.

In Crisis?

Emergency Contacts

Online Crisis Chat

Crisis Text Line

    Text 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

Non-Emergency Contacts

Counseling and Psychological Services

    703-993-2380

Student Support and Advocacy Center

    703-993-3686

Mason Police

    703-993-2810