Counseling Service

Group Counseling

Group counseling is a highly effective form of therapeutic treatment. The small and intimate nature of a group (typically no more than eight members) provides a safe and supportive space for students to explore a range of issues as they interact with others. Getting feedback from peers, learning that others are dealing with similar issues, and feeling that you can help someone else are only a few of the benefits of group counseling. Although many new group members express uncertainty about talking about their problems with others, cohesion and comfort among participants increases with each session. Some groups are referred to as “general therapy groups” and address a range of interpersonal issues. Other groups are more focused on specific challenges, such as anxiety, depression, stress, men’s issues, eating disorders, and procrastination.

Unlike individual counseling, there is no limit to the number of group therapy sessions available to students. Getting started with group counseling begins with an initial evaluation, or intake appointment. If the intake counselor recommends a general therapy group or other group, the group co-leaders contact potential participants to explain more about the group.

Intake Appointment

To schedule an intake appointment, call the Counseling Center at (301) 314-7651, or stop by the Counseling Center reception desk on the main floor of Shoemaker Building.

Groups for Spring 2017

  • Therapy GroupsOpen or Close
    General Therapy Group

    A safe space to solve problems, explore better ways of interacting with others, and try new, more successful interpersonal behaviors.

    Mondays

    Tuesdays

    Wednesdays

    Fridays



    Graduate Student General Therapy Group

    A safe space to solve problems, explore better ways of interacting with others, and try new, more successful interpersonal behaviors.

    Mondays

  • Sexual Assault SupportOpen or Close
    Hope and Healing

    A supportive and confidential environment for female survivors of sexual assault.

    Mondays



    Thursdays

  • AnxietyOpen or Close
    Creating Confidence

    For students struggling with anxiety, fears, obsessions, or other mind traps that keep them stuck, afraid, or unable to fulfill their social, academic, or personal potential.

    Wednesdays



    Calm My Nerves

    A 4-week structured group that provides concrete strategies to reduce anxiety and develop enhanced coping strategies when anxiety-provoking circumstances occur.

    Thursdays

  • International StudentsOpen or Close
    International Student Support Group

    Meet other international students, learn about U.S. culture, solve problems, and practice speaking English as you help each other adjust to life in the United States.

    Mondays


    Wednesdays

  • Diversity IssuesOpen or Close
    Graduate Diversity Discussion

    A safe space for students who are members of minority social identity groups (including racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender- diverse, and religious minorities) to share experiences and receive support.

    Mondays



    Circle of Sisters

    A support & discussion that addresses such topics as personal concerns, interpersonal & dating relationships, sexuality, and being a Black woman on a predominantly White campus.

    Tuesdays



    LGBTQIA Support

    A supportive discussion group for students to discuss lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and asexual issues. Individuals representing the diverse gender and sexual orientation continuum are invited to participate in co-creating a brave space to discuss identity, coming out, transitioning, relationships, struggles, and victories; a space to decompress, share what's on your mind, and find support.

    Tuesdays

  • Grief & LossOpen or Close
    Memory Circle

    Offers emotional support and information about the process of grief and helps students develop adaptive coping strategies for managing loss.

    Thursdays

  • MindfulnessOpen or Close
    Mindfulness

    Offers emotional support and information about the process of grief and helps students develop adaptive coping strategies for managing loss. (Contact Dr. Carlton Green )

    Two 4-session groups meet on Tuesdays on the following dates:
    February 21, 28 and March 7, 14
    3 to 5 p.m.

    April 4, 11, 25 and May 2
    3 to 5 p.m.

  • Body ImageOpen or Close
    My Body My Self

    Explores women’s struggles with body image and self-worth and the ways that dieting, obsessing about thinness, binge-eating, over-exercising, and purging may affect their lives.

    Wednesdays

    Fridays

  • Graduate Student SupportOpen or Close
    Women’s Graduate Student Support Group

    A support and discussion group for female graduate students.

    Wednesdays



    Dissertation Support Group

    Members will receive support from the facilitator and each other in getting through the struggles involved in completing their dissertation or thesis.

    Fridays

  • Careers and MajorsOpen or Close
    Major Discovery Zone

    This program provides students 3-4 individual career sessions to assess their interests and values, and to learn resources and strategies to figure out their academic major plans.

    Fridays