Group Therapy Options



PLEASE NOTE THAT DURING THE 2021-22 ACADEMIC YEAR, GROUP COUNSELING WILL CONTINUE TO BE HELD VIA ZOOM PHI. PLEASE CALL WITH QUESTIONS.

Anxiety Group


This group is an 8-10 session psychoeducational 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: Jennifer, House, LCSW, Amy Wiedmann, LCSW, and Bradley Irwin, MS
Time: Mondays, 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, LCSW

Time: Fridays, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Connections--Journey to Self-Compassion


This group focuses on self-compassion and overcoming feelings of shame. The twelve-week group will assist group members in:

  • Recognizing shame.
  • Exploring shame triggers.
  • Understanding shame screens.
  • Building shame-resilience.

This group is based off of the work of Dr. Brené Brown and her book, I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn't).

Leaders: Nancy Goodrich-Mitts, Ph.D. 

Time: Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

 

Discovery Group


This group is for students who have concerns around their use of substances including alcohol or drugs, or process addictions such as sex, gambling, or the internet. It is a non-abstinence based group, which means it is not required that group members want to stop using, but must acknowledge that their substance use plays a role in their lives. The group goal is to provide a safe and sober space for members to share their stories and develop motivation for change. The group is open-ended and does not require a long-term commitment.

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

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

Leaders: Holly Cañas, LCSW and Talisha Brown, MA, LCPC

Time: Tuesdays, 3 p.m. - 4:30 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: Ian LaSueur, Ph.D. and Megan Fernandes, M.A.

Time: Wednesdays, 3 p.m.– 4:30 p.m.

Leaders: Michelle LeMay, Ph.D. 

Time: Fridays, 3 p.m. - 4:30 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: Chris Lewis, MSW and Mark Layng, LCPC

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

Leaders: Carlton Cummings, MS and J and Jingru Chen, MA

Time: Monday, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Leaders: Rebecca Schlesinger, Ph.D. and Robbie Luten, MS

Time: Tuesdays 3 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Leaders: Kathy Wierzchowski, Ph.D. and Ariel Ferguson, MA

Time: Wednesdays 5 - 6:30 p.m. 

Leaders: Ian LeSueur, Ph.D. and Alex Quintanilla, LCSW

Time: Thursday, 5 - 6:30 p.m. 

 

General Trauma Group


The General Trauma Group is a process-oriented and intended for anyone who has experienced trauma (e.g., natural disaster, major motor accident, veteran related trauma, gun violence, child abuse, sexual assault, abusive relationships, emotional abuse, bullying, etc.). The group focuses on providing a supportive, non-judgmental space to process, connect, and collaboratively address concerns related to group members’ experiences. This is accomplished by giving members autonomy to work on the issues that distress them and providing researched based skills that members can use to effectively cope with life after trauma.

Leaders: Emily Barnum, Ph.D. and Chris Lofton, LCSW

Time: Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 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: Kathy Wierzchowski, Ph.D. 

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

International Students 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: Jie Zhu, Psy.D. and Mark Layng, LCPC

Time: Thursdays, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Latinx Therapy Group


The Latinx Therapy Group focuses on offering support to any student (undergraduate and graduate) who identifies as Latinx. The group is intended to hold a welcoming space for Latinx students to build a supportive community, explore life experiences, promote encouragement, and empower students to work toward their personal values. All topics are welcomed and may include: academic concerns, cultural and societal pressures, family and personal relationships, life transitions, language barriers, etc.

Leaders: Bill Berkhout, Psy.D. and Juvenal George, Psy.D.

Time: Thursdays, 3 p.m. - 4:30 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. & Jie Zhu, Psy.D.

團體諮詢師:胡慈安,Ph.D.  祝洁,Psy.D.

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 Chris Lewis, LSW

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: Bill Berkhout, Psy.D. and Andrew Novinska, LCPC

Time: Wednesdays, 5 p.m. - 6:30 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: Matilda Smith-Thompson, LCSW

Time: Wednesdays, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Leaders: Elise Lanker, LCSW and Megan Fernandez, M.A. 

Time: Thursdays 5 p.m. -6:30 p.m.

Problem Solving Skills Group


Problems Solving Skills Group is a structured and time-limited psychoeducational group that teaches skills derived from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). The group will teach skills and concepts from each of the four DBT Modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. The group will develop an ongoing mindfulness practice that will start and end each session to reenforce the core skill. The group is designed to help students who become overwhelmed with their emotions, feel out of control, and for students who find themselves in recurring stormy relationships. Student will learn and rehearse skills in the group and will be expected to practice in their daily lives. The hope is that by learning and practicing these skills student will find greater balance in their lives, experience less suffering, and improve their relationships.

Leaders: Bryan Deutsch, LCSW and Alex Quintanilla, LCSW

Time: Wednesdays, 3 - 4:30 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 Michelle LeMay, 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.

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 Talisha Brown, M.A., LCPC

Time: Mondays, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.