Group Therapy Options

Anxiety Group

This group is an 8-10 session psycho-educational group that offers a cognitive-behavioral approach for anxiety treatment.  The focus of the group is primarily on the development of strategies for coping with anxiety.  Group members are encouraged to share experiences, discuss assignments, and offer support as members work toward making changes.  Members often cite the group process and support they receive as being among the most helpful elements of this experience.  Students experiencing anxiety or stress that interferes with their daily activities and functioning are a good fit for this group. One goal of this group is for member’s to develop more awareness regarding the role anxiety plays in their lives and how to live effectively with anxiety. There is encouragement but no pressure for members to talk until they feel comfortable.

Leaders: Jiyun Kang, Ph.D. and Yuri Choi, Ph.D.
Time: Fridays, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Binge Eating Disorder Group

The Binge Eating and Body Image Group is a non-judgmental and caring place for students to connect and develop strategies for dealing with body image and eating issues. Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.) involves frequent, distressing episodes of overeating that are difficult to control. It is very common, but often misunderstood and overlooked. If you struggle with compulsive eating, food addiction, bulimia, and/or body image concerns, know that you are not alone; support is here, and this group is for you.

This group helps break the isolation associated with eating problems; provides support, strategies and skills for overcoming this form of disordered eating; and helps members develop a more positive body image. It focuses on learning to trust your body, deal with shame, and understand how past experiences have impacted your relationship with food and your body so you can move forward in recovery. 

Leaders: Carina Bauer, Psy.D. and Halley Farwood, Psy.D.

Time: Thursdays, 3 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Black Men's Group

This group focuses on supporting students who self-identify as male and Black/of African ancestry. It will provide a space for students to voice their experiences, explore their identities, and empower students to make positive lifestyle changes. Topics covered group may include, but are not limited to: academic difficulties, race-related stress (microaggressions & racism), substance use, anger, relationships, family stressors, adjusting to college, and masculinity.

Leaders: Kamau Grantham, Ph.D. and Chris Lofton, MSW

Time: Tuesdays, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Circle of Compassion Therapy Group (Grief Group)

The Circle of Compassion Therapy Group is a process-oriented psychotherapy and support group for individuals who have or are experiencing a significant loss (i.e. death of a loved one – impending, present or past). The primary goal of the group is to provide members with a space to engage in their individual grieving process; members are encouraged to be respectful of diverse cultural and individual expressions of grief. Group members will be offered a safe space for expression, reflection, exploration, as well as support for coping with the loss. At different times throughout the semester, group members will be encouraged to participate in semi-structured activities that promote healthy adjustment and self-care. The group is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The group will begin at the beginning of the semester and individuals may be added throughout the semester.

Leaders: Dynesha Mason Grissom, Ph.D. and Tzu-An Hu, Ph.D.

Time: Mondays, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

This group is a structured and time-limited (10-12 weeks) psychoeducational group that teaches skills from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Skills taught in this group will focus on four overall areas: mindfulness, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance. The DBT Skills group is designed to help students who struggle with out-of-control emotions and stormy relationships to find greater balance in their lives. Students will learn and rehearse DBT skills in group, and will be expected to complete small amounts of homework between group sessions.

Leaders: Tom Miebach, M.S.W. and Joshua Rutherford, Psy.D. 

Time: Wednesdays, 2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Discovery Group

This group is a non-abstinence group targeted for clients who are in the contemplation phase of change related to substance use, abuse, or dependence. The group is open-ended and does not require the client to make a long-term commitment to the group. The focus of the group is on choice and accountability. It is NOT a prerequisite of group to want to stop using. The group goal is to establish a clean, sober, and safe environment to begin exploring new coping options and challenging old ideas about using substances.

Leaders: Kurt Hegeman, CADC, LCPC and Holly Cañas, LCSW

Time: Mondays, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 

Disordered Eating and Body Image Group

The Disordered Eating and Body Image Group is a wonderful opportunity to meet weekly in a safe space with others who may struggle with issues related to food. Individuals who have body image issues, over exercise, obsess about food and weight loss, overeat, binge, purge, or restrict food are welcome in this group. The focus is not only on the exploration of eating behaviors but also on the underlying causes that sustain these eating struggles. We are very hopeful that as a result of investment in this group members will move forward with a deeper understanding of their struggles with food as well as make progress in developing new coping options and challenging old ideas. Feel free to contact us if you need any further information.

Leaders: Carina Bauer, Psy.D. and Yu-Yun Liu, Ph.D.

Time: Wednesdays, 4 p.m.– 5:30 p.m.

 

Exploration Group

This group is targeted at students who have concerns regarding their use of substances or process addictions. It is a non-abstinence based group in which students are encouraged to explore their motivation for change. Students’ use is explored in the context of their overall health and wellbeing. Hence, the group goal is to enhance students’ overall wellness, gain insight about the role of substances in their life, learn more effective coping tools, and develop skills to moderate their use or prevent relapse. The group is open-ended and does not require a long-term commitment.

Leaders: Holly Cañas, LCSW and Nupur Sahai, Ph.D.

Time: Thursdays, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Expressive Arts

The Expressive Arts Interpersonal Process Group is an arts-based interpersonal process group. This group focuses on developing greater self-awareness while using creative processes that can help contribute to the participants’ overall experience of interpersonal health and well-being. Visual arts, movement, storytelling, drama, music, and other creative arts will serve as a foundation for deeper self-exploration. Each session will use an expressive arts therapy activity to explore a common theme that group members wish to explore on a deeper level. This group is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are open to using expressive arts as a springboard to interpersonal process.

Leaders: Theresa Benson, Ph.D., LCP and Felicia Li, LCSW

Time: Mondays, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Gay, Bisexual, and Questioning Men’s Therapy Group

This is a process-oriented therapy group for gay, bisexual, and questioning undergraduate and graduate students who self-identify as men. We aim to create a safe space for men to discuss issues relevant to the GBQ community, such as coming out, identities, dating, relationships with partners, family, and friends, and oppression. Similar to other therapy groups, this group is open to other topics, including depression, anxiety, adjustment, and other personal concerns that may or may not be related to one’s sexual orientation.

Leaders: Colin Dietz, Ph.D. and Joey Rea, M.A.

Time: Monday, 5:10 p.m. - 6:40 p.m.

General Therapy Groups

These groups tend to focus on relationships, intimacy, boundaries, self-awareness and other components of interpersonal process. These groups are typically open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Specific focus is sometimes determined by group needs. These groups are designed to help group members learn to deal with a variety of concerns involving feelings of depression and anxiety, resolving relationship issues, and other personal concerns.

Leaders: Marybeth Hallett, Ph.D. and Yu Li Cunningham, M.Ed.

Time: Mondays, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Leaders: Halley Farwood, Ph.D. and Joel Muller, M.A.

Time: Tuesdays 3 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Leaders: Joshua Rutherford, Psy.D. and Louie Limas, M.A.

Time: Thursdays, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Graduate Women’s General Therapy Group

This group is an interpersonal process group for graduate women. The focus of the group is determined by the members but usually the focus is on relationships of all kinds. This includes exploration of things such as identity, intimacy, boundaries, trust, communication, emotion, etc. The focus also includes the academic work of the members. Group members are expected to commit for an entire semester.

Leaders: Marybeth Hallett, Ph.D. and Arellys Aguinaga, Ph.D.

Time: Thursdays, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

International Students General Group

This group is an interpersonal process group for both graduate and undergraduate international students. We aim to create a safe space for international students to discuss issues affecting them. The focus of the group is determined by the members, but possible topics may include:

  • Adjustment
  • Academic difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • Cultural concerns
  • Depression
  • Family concerns
  • Homesickness
  • Identity issues
  • Language barriers
  • Loneliness
  • Microagressions
  • Stress
  • Relationships

Leaders: Yuri Choi, Ph.D. and Jiyun Kang, Ph.D.

Time: Tuesdays, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Mandarin Process Group: Living in an Unfamiliar Land

The Mandarin process group is an interpersonal process and support group for students who may find it easier to share their experience in Mandarin/Chinese. This group is open for both undergraduate and graduate students. The focus of the group is determined by the members. Possible topics may include adjustment, academic difficulties, stress and other emotions, family concerns, and relationships. The goal of the group is for students to have a chance to receive support, explore feelings, learn about self and others, and create potential solution to struggles.  It’s our hope to enhance the quality of students’ experience and personal development while living in an unfamiliar land.

本团体是一个专门为说中文的学生开设的、关于促进人际关系和自身成长的 团体。团体讨论主题可能触及校园的适应, 跨文化交流,学业困难(时间管理、注意力、拖延),减压和负面情绪调节, 家庭关系, 恋爱以及其他人际关系的困扰。每次团体讨论的主题由在场成员決定。

学生可能在日常校园生活中遇到各种问题。本团体的目的是提供一个安全保密的环境,让成员能从中获得理解支持, 了解自身感受,增进对自己和他人的认识,并在过程中找到問题的解決办法。我们希望团体的成员能通过参与团体,从而丰富自身的求学经验,促进個人的智和情的全面发展。如有兴趣,请联系团体咨询师(信息如下)询问具体信息。

 

Leaders: Tzu-An Hu, Ph.D. & Yu-Yun Liu, Ph.D.

團體諮詢師:胡慈安、劉育妘

 

Time: Fridays, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

时间:星期五 下午3点 至 4点半

Men’s Group

Men learn to process their internal emotional arousal through socialization and how one processes the aroused emotions directly impacts the quality of one’s well being, interpersonal relationships, and life in general.  Traditionally, how men process their internal emotional experiences tends to be seen as an indicator of one’s masculinity and utilized as a means of gaining or retaining power when feeling intimidated.  Such tendency tends to limit one’s development of emotional coping.  This group provides an opportunity for men to engage critical thinking on how effective and adaptive is their emotional coping.  The group is process-oriented with a focus on enhancing a healthier emotional coping congruent to their experience of being a man.

Leaders: Kurt Hegeman, CADC, LCPC and Alejandro Gómez, LCSW

Time:  Tuesdays, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Leaders: Patricia Ricketts, Ph.D. and Kamau Grantham, Ph.D.

Time: Wednesdays, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Mindfulness Meditation Group

The Mindfulness Meditation Group is a time limited (6 weeks), structured group that is intended to help students learn mindfulness. The group is open for both undergraduate and graduate students. Mindfulness meditation is about paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and without judgment. It is about learning to be in the present moment without getting caught up in thoughts or feelings about the past or worried about concerns of the future. The practice of mindfulness meditation is a powerful tool in promoting happiness and easing difficulties with stress, anxiety, depression and angst.

The group is intended to educate students on how to understand and manage the psychological stressors of one's life through a mindfulness lens. Formal meditation practices that will be introduced include: deep breathing, sitting meditation, the body scan, guided imagery and mindful walking and eating. Group members will be expected to engage in mindfulness exercise outside of meetings (such as: listening to guided meditations, performing brief exercises, etc.) between meetings. No previous mindfulness experience necessary.

Leaders: Colin Dietz, Ph.D. and Zhenni Wang, Ph.D.

Time: Thursdays, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Older Students’ Therapy Group

This group is an interpersonal process group for students who are 25 or older. The focus of the group is determined by the members but usually the focus is on relationships of all kinds. This includes exploration of things such as identity, intimacy, boundaries, trust, communication, emotion, etc. The focus also includes the academic work of the members. Group members are expected to commit for an entire semester.

Leaders: Marybeth Hallett, Ph.D. and Dynesha Mason Grissom, M.A.

Time: Wednesdays, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Leaders: Jungeun Kim, Ph.D. and Nupur Sahai, Ph.D.

Time: Wednesdays, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Women’s Empowerment Group

This is a process group for women who have experienced interpersonal trauma either as an adult or as a child (e.g., child abuse, sexual assault, abusive relationships, emotional abuse, bullying, etc.). The overall focus of the group is to help members move toward increasing empowerment in their own lives. This is accomplished in large part by encouraging group members to develop empowered relationships during the group time with one another.

Leaders: Patricia Ricketts, Ph.D. and Emily Barnum, Ph.D.

Time: Mondays, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Women’s General Therapy Group

This group is an interpersonal process group for graduate and undergraduate women. The focus is on relationships and intimacy (i.e., trust, developing, maintaining and sometimes ending relationships, boundaries, expressing and managing emotions, etc.).

Leaders: Carla McCowan, Ph.D. and Arellys Aguinaga, Ph.D.

Time: Wednesdays, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Women of Color Therapy Group

This group is structured as an interpersonal process and support group for women who identify as women of color. Group process may include undertones of race-related trauma related to oppression. In addition this process group focuses on identity issues, family of origin issues, trauma experiences, interpersonal relationship issues, academic stresses, and all forms of oppression.

Leaders: Carla McCowan, Ph.D. and Deidre Weathersby, Ph.D.

Time: Tuesdays, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.