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.

Spring 2020 Group Therapy Schedule

Understanding Self and Others (USO) Group

Mondays, 11am-12:30pm

Alex Harrison and Nicole Hedrick

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.

Surviving to Thriving Group

Mondays, 3-4:30pm

Emily Rieve and Jadelyn Martinez

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.

LGBTQ+ *Group

Tuesdays, 3-4:30pm

Alex Harrison & Mary Sedrak

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.

DBT Skills Group

Tuesdays, 3-4:30pm

Brian Piehl and Will Leu

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.

Our Voices: Support Group for Students of Color

Wednesdays, 3-4:30pm

Jessica Desalu and Mary Sedrak

The purpose of this group is to provide students of color a safe space to openly engage in dialogues about the lived experience of being a person of color on this campus. This group serves to empower students and help them recognize that there are others who share similar experiences.

I Thought It Was Me Group

Wednesdays, 3-4:30pm

Andrea Xisto and Emily Rieve

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.

Understanding Self and Others (USO) Group

Thursdays, 1:30-3pm

Brooke Kahn and Brian Piehl

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.

Build Your Social Confidence Group

Thursdays, 3-4:30pm

Phil Eiseman and Jadelyn Martinez

This group is designed to help members become more comfortable and engaged in social settings. The group provides opportunities to learn and practice strategies to manage discomfort, tension, and anxiety in difficult social situations like joining group conversations, asking for help, and forming friendships. Group members also share experiences of difficulties with social situations to create an environment of support and understanding.

Understanding Self and Others (USO) Group

Fridays, 11am-12:30pm

Derek Vigon and Mariam Gregorian

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

Fridays, 1-2:30pm

Phil Eiseman & Tory Dorfman

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 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