Group Counseling

CAPS offers both structured, theme-centered groups as well as interpersonal group counseling designed to help students achieve personal growth and development, discuss interpersonal issues or difficulties, and try out new ways of behaving. In group therapy, approximately six to ten people meet with two trained group therapists.

Group counseling helps members learn more about the way they interact with others in a caring and trusting environment. These groups generally meet for the entire semester for one and one half hours each week, so members get to know each other well and feel supported and understood by each other. If you have ever received gentle feedback from a best friend, knowing that you needed to hear it and it was given with caring and compassion, you know a bit about what it feels like to be in a therapy group.

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Groups also tend to provide a lot of positive feedback and a sense of humor about struggling through hard times, so members look forward to attending group each week. Members find it meaningful to help each other and provide support to other students, as well. During group therapy, people begin to realize that although they might appear diverse on the surface, they experience similar feelings and are not alone in their struggles. It is validating and encouraging to know that other people have similar difficulties, and to learn how others have reacted and coped with difficulties like anxiety or depression.

Come by Atkins 158 or call 704‑687‑0311 to sign up for a pre-group meeting after an initial session with a counselor. 

To learn more about our therapy groups, you might find these documents helpful:

Group therapy: Often the ideal assistance

Common misperceptions about group therapy

How to get the most out of group counseling


Fall 2017 Groups

Interpersonal Counseling Groups

These groups require a 30-minute pre-group meeting with group leaders.  Contact CAPS to make an appointment to speak to a counselor about your interest in group.

  • Interpersonal I
    Mondays: 1:30-3:00 PM

    Group Leaders:  Daniela Recabarren, Ph.D. & Colton Brown, M.S.

  • Interpersonal II
    Wednesdays: 3:30-5:00 PM

    Group Leaders:  Aaron Brink, Psy.D. & Colleen Mulcahey, M.S.

  • Interpersonal III
    Thursdays: 3:30-5:00 PM

    Group Leaders:  Jessalyn Klein, Ph.D. & Chuck Burgess, B.S.

  • Graduate Student Interpersonal
    Tuesdays: 3:00-4:30 PM
    Group Leaders:  Lynne Harris, Ph.D. & Libby Malone, Ph.D.

  • Women Survivors of Sexual Trauma
    Wednesdays: 5:00-6:30 PM

    Group Leaders:  Terri Rhodes, Ph.D. & Jessica Groleau, Ph.D.

Themed Structured Groups

Please call or stop by the Center for more information about joining.

  • The Empowered Black Woman Group
    Mondays: 3:30-5:00 PM, September 11 - December 4

    This group will discuss issues of cultural uniqueness and the impact that it has on the balance of work/academic/personal relationships. Discussions include perceptions of competence, disparities, and identity development as they relate to physical and emotional health.
    Group Leaders:  Leigh Norwood, LCSW & Sarah Stewart, Ph.D.
  • True Selves:  A Gender & Sexuality Spectrum Group
    Tuesdays: 12:30-1:30 PM, September 12 - December 5

    This supportive group is designed for individuals who identify within the LGBTQ+ community or who use other labels or choose not to identify with a label to express their sexual or gender fluidity.   Together we will create a safe place to discuss identities, community, coming out, self-esteem, relationships, sexuality, the “isms,” and other topics of interest to group members.
    Group Leaders:  Renita Sengupta, Psy.D. & Cara Blevins, M.A.  
  • Multicultural Women Empowerment Group
    Tuesdays:  3:30-5:00 PM, September 12 - December 5

    This group will discuss issues of cultural identity and the impact that it has on the balance of work/academic/personal relationships in a supportive and empowering environment.  There will be a focus on issues related to power, privilege, and oppression.  Discussions may include perceptions of competence, disparities, and identity development as they relate to physical and emotional health.
    Group Leaders:  Daniela Recabarren, Ph.D. & Jarice Carr, Ph.D.
  • Veteran's Group
    Wednesdays: 1:00-2:30 PM, August 23 - December 6   Location:  Veteran Student Lounge STUN 126

    This group provides student veterans support on the transition from military to civilian and university life.  This discussion group, facilitated by Counseling & Psychological Services staff, will include specific topics such as issues of identity (e.g., service branches, gender, patriotism) barriers on campus, and promoting social support for one another.
    Group Leaders:  Libby Malone, Ph.D. & Tessa Wimberley, Ph.D.
  • Peace of Mind
    Wednesdays: 1:00-2:30 PM, September 20 - October 18 & October 25 - November 29

    Do you find that you worry a lot, are self-critical or just cannot seem to relax?  Would you like to learn to be more attentive and present in your life?  Goals of this group are to help you gain greater self-awareness, reduce emotional distress, and increase your ability to manage unhelpful thoughts.
    Group Leaders:  Jessalyn Klein, Ph.D. & Colton Brown, M.S.
  • Dissertation Support Group
    Wednesdays: 5:30-7:30 PM, September 27 - November 1
    This experience will offer information and support for graduate students struggling with the dissertation process. Using the focus of building resilience, time will be divided between didactics and group discussion on issues such as dealing with writing stress or blocking, managing relationships involved in the dissertation process, and modifying self-talk related to perfectionism and procrastination.
    Group Leaders:  Lynne Harris, Ph.D. & Lisa Russell-Pinson, Ph.D.
  • Social Confidence
    Thursdays: 1:00-2:30 PM,  September 21 - November 30
    Do you ever feel anxious when meeting new people, dating, going to a party or meeting, or approaching professors?  High levels of social anxiety can negatively impact your relationships and even affect your classroom experiences and academic success.  This group focuses on identifying fears related to social situations and provides psychological education, support, and the opportunity to develop skills to manage a variety of social situations and increase your social confidence.
    Group Leaders:  Aaron Brink, Psy.D. & Colleen Mulcahey, M.S.

Structured Group for Athletes

  • Injured Athlete Discussion Group
    1st & 3rd Tuesday of each Month,  6:00-7:00 PM,  9/19 - 10/3 - 10/17 - 11/7 - 11/21 - 12/5
    Location: Group Study Room at the Judy Rose Football Center

    This group is designed for student-athletes at any stage of a sport-related injury (e.g., immediate post-injury, pre-operative, post-operative/rehabilitation, and return to sport). This group will provide an outlet to discuss injury experiences, gain support from each other, and learn new strategies to better navigate the injury period and beyond. Discussions will include common frustrations, impacts on the “athletic identity,” communication with coaches and medical staff, building resilience, and the process of returning to sport. 
    Group Leader:  Joanne Perry, Ph.D.