Group Counseling

Group counseling provides a unique opportunity for students to receive multiple perspectives, support, and encouragement from other students in a safe environment. For many emotional concerns, personal struggles, and relationship issues, group counseling is the most effective treatment.

Group Counseling Sessions

Weekly group sessions are led by a mental health professional and range in size up to 10 students per session. Group members learn from and support one another in a setting guided by mutually agreed upon rules, practices, and procedures that promote respect, individual and group growth, and constructive exchanges.

Group counseling can help you:

  • Discover that you're not alone in your struggles, thoughts, and feelings
  • Learn from other students facing similar issues or problems
  • Gain multiple perspectives on your concerns
  • Feel more connected to others
  • Become more aware of yourself through genuine feedback from others
  • Develop new interpersonal skills that you can use in your daily life
  • Internalize the lessons you've learned by helping others in the group

Fall 2021 Group Counseling Opportunities

Full Semester Groups

The psychotherapy groups listed below meet weekly for 10-12 sessions throughout the semester. Students who join at the beginning of the semester will stay in the group together until the group is completed. Group members build connections and skills over the course of the group. Some groups may allow new members to join at different points throughout the semester. Students must attend a group screen appointment with the facilitator before starting a group.

Jaime Castillo, PhD, LMHC and trainee
Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m.

Improvisation is not about comedy, it is the skill of using bodies, space, imagination, and all human resources to generate or to reformulate expressions and ideas. Improvisors work collaboratively and spontaneously in the moment, generate endless ideas quickly, remain flexible, find and solve problems, motivate others, practice active listening, take risks, graciously accept failure as part of the process, and engage authentically with others.  The goal of this group is to tap into your creative potential in order to cultivate self-awareness and self-expression. Participants will engage in experiential activities in a safe and structured environment that provides an opportunity to revise and re-regulate emotional experiences related to anxiety. Ultimately, the goal is for individuals to enhance their creativity, emotional flexibility, originality, and human connection with others.

Toni Gauthier, LCSW-R and Will Spears, PhD.
Fridays, 1-2:30 p.m.

Explore concerns that are impacting your personal life and performance while in graduate school. Topics may include achieving work/life balance, returning to school as an adult learner, roadblocks to thesis completion, and the impact of family and financial concerns on one’s experience. Students in the group will examine how their interpersonal styles are related to their experiences in school and life in general.

Toni Gauthier, LCSW and Graduate Trainee 
Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m.

This support group can help make sense of loss and provide practical tools for coping.  Whether your loss happened recently or years ago, please join us.  This semi-structured group offers information on the grief process and emphasizes the unique nature of students’ grief experiences.  The group leader incorporates art projects to help with emotional expression.

Susan Chapel, LMHC and Amy Rosechandler, LMHC 
Fridays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

This group uses the power of exposure and response prevention therapy to help students learn to live with anxiety – students will learn that leaning into anxiety, instead of avoiding it, is the key to managing anxiety, instead of feeling like anxiety is managing you.  Students will receive support from others sharing similar struggles.

Amy Rosechandler, LMHC and Graduate Trainee
Tuesdays, 1:30-3 p.m.

Skills group aims to support member’s insight into their emotions, behavior and thinking through discussion and activities on topics such as mindfulness skills, decision-making skills, and values clarification.  Members often report a greater sense of acceptance, control, and balance.

Grace Weinstein LCSW she/her/hers, and Graduate Trainee (Virtual)
Mondays, 3-4:30 p.m.

Douglas Newcomb LCSW-R, CASAC, MPA, and Graduate Trainee (In-person)
Wednesdays, 2-3:30 p.m.

This group is a living laboratory to explore our default ways of being with one another, and to try out new ways of relating. It is an excellent place to explore what gets in the way in your relationships- have trouble advocating for yourself? Talking about personal issues? Telling someone they hurt your feelings? USO Group is a great place to try this out in a safe and confidential environment, and explore why these things might be hard for you. In this interpersonal process group, we will use the here and now to try out new ways of relating. Students report feeling less alone in their struggles, understanding themselves better, and growing in their relationships.

For more information, contact our groups coordinator, Amy Rosechandler, at aerycc@rit.edu.