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To learn more about Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) non-clinical drop-in groups designed to help you thrive and connect during this time of transition, please go to our outreach programming page here. These groups are designed to create opportunity to discuss reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic and its many consequences. 









Group counseling provides a unique opportunity 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.

Groups meet weekly and sessions are led by a mental health professional. Weekly group sessions 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.

Spring 2020 Group Counseling Opportunities:

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Graduate Student Interpersonal Connection

Fridays 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Toni Gauthier, LCSW-R and Will Spears, PhD.

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.

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Improv for Anxiety and Connection

Wednesdays 3-4:30 p.m.
Hale-Andrews Student Life Center, Room 1325 
Jaime Castillo, PhD., LMHC

Improvisation is not just about comedy, it builds communication, assertiveness, active listening, empathy, and connection with others. Improvisation teaches us to stay in the moment, trust our instincts, and build relationships with those around us. The goal of this group is to tap into one’s creative potential in order to cultivate self-awareness and self-expression. Participants will participate and perform 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, and originality.

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Leaning In To Anxiety

Fridays 1-2:30 p.m.
Raquel Bateman, Ph.D

This group uses the power of exposure and response prevention therapy to help students learn to live with anxiety – students will learn that leaning in to 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. 

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Interpersonal Communication Group for Men

Mondays 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Doug Newcomb, LCSW-R

Learn to express yourself, be conversational and curious with others. Members of this group will learn through psychodynamic and transactional analysis models for reflecting on a relationship. While using new communication tools in the here and now, members will learn to use feedback and develop emotional intelligence. Group process involves building trust, clarifying expectations, understanding power dynamics and conflict resolution. We will question “male messaging” and how our beliefs create or limit opportunities.

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Open Door

Wednesdays 9:30-11 a.m.
Emma Wolford, LCSW-R

Open Door is a group, held in the Q Center, for students who are in the process of coming out, dealing with issues around coming out (such as family rejection), newly out, or considering/questioning if they should come out, as LGBTQ (this includes students coming out as transgender). It will be run as “open” for the duration of the semester, but students must attend a group screen to promote safety within the group.

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Peers Light

Thursdays 1-2 p.m.
Sharon Mattsson, LCSW-R

PEERS® (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills for Young Adults (Ages 18-35) is an evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated young adults, who are interested in learning skills to make and keep friends and develop romantic relationships. During each group session, young adults are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills

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Skills Group

Wednesdays 2-3:30 p.m.
Amy Rosechandler, LMHC

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.

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SMART Recovery

Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 p.m.
August Center, Student Health Center Conference Room
Toni Gauthier, LCSW-R

This science-based program using rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) and motivational interviewing helps promote individual choice and gain motivation for change. There is no sponsorship requirement and no spirituality or religious component.  The program uses hierarchy of values tool and change plan worksheet to help you move forward and create change in your life.

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Social Anxiety Group

Mondays 1-2:30 p.m.
Raquel Bateman, PhD. and Sharon Mattsson, LCSW-R

For students who are ready to take on the challenge of facing their social anxiety head-on towards building their best social life, this group uses the power of exposure and response prevention therapy. This approach strongly encourages participation in group activities and practice outside of the group to address fear and avoidance of social situations. Receiving support and encouragement from others sharing similar struggles is an integral part of the success of students in this group.

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Understanding Self and Others

Mondays and Thursdays 3-4:30 p.m.
Grace Weinstein, LCSW-R

This group will help students look at barriers to interpersonal connection and encourage practice in skills that help us understand one another. The group encourages risk-taking, reflection on what happens in group, and honest, direct feedback. Group members report gaining insight into their own relationship styles and patterns, while being able to work through emotions and try out new ways of being with others. 

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


What students are saying about our group program:

  • “Groups provide a safe place to talk with 100% chance of support”
  • “I enjoyed the amount of learning that occurred during group”
  • “It was reassuring to know that you could bring up personal problems while in a group environment”
  • “Knowing I’m not completely alone”
  • “Seeing that I can be accepted by others helps me to accept myself”
  • “I liked the feeling of community and having support”
  • “Support from others who were experiencing similar issues”
  • “People who say I feel ya”
  • “Being able to talk things through/receive and give advice”
  • “Being able to be emotionally open and genuine with other people”