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.

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.

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

SPRING 2021 Groups  
All Groups will meet through a secure video conferencing platform

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.

  • Understanding Self & Others I
    Mondays: 3:00-4:30 PM

    Group Leaders:  Daniela Recabarren, Ph.D. & Stephanie Sommers, M.A.

  • Understanding Self & Others II
    Thursdays: 3:00-4:30 PM
    Group Leaders:  Erica Lennon, Psy.D. & Mar'Kayla Walker-Jones, MSSW

  • Understanding Self & Others: Women's Group
    Mondays: 2:30-4:00 PM

    Group Leaders:  Libby Malone, Ph.D. & Paula Keeton, Ph.D. 

  • Understanding Self & Others:  Men's Group
    Wednesdays:  1:00-2:30 PM
    Group Leaders:  Zach Elison, Ph.D. & Aaron Brink, Psy.D.

  • Women Survivors of Sexual Trauma
    Wednesdays: 4:00-5:30 PM
    Thursdays: 1:30-3:00 PM

    Group Leaders:  Wednesdays: Terri Rhodes, Ph.D. & Paisely Azra-Lewis, B.S.
                                  Thursdays:  Cierra Whatley, Ph.D. & Taryn Brandt, Ph.D.

Themed Structured Groups

Please call the Center for more information about joining.

  • Graduate Student Support
    Mondays: 11:00-12:30 PM, February 15 - May 3

    This group will provide a space for conversation among graduate students about various aspects of work, academic, cultural, and personal life. Students will support each other and discuss collective wisdom
    around different challenges in the complexities of life at UNC Charlotte.  The focus of discussion will evolve from the present concerns of members.
    Group Leader:  Lynne Harris, Ph.D.
  • The Empowered Black Woman
    Mondays:        1:30-3:00 PM,  February 15 - May 3
    Wednesdays: 3:30-5:00 PM,  February 17 - May 5
    Thursdays:     3:30-5:00 PM,  February 25 - April 29

    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:  Mondays: Aayla Alexander, LCSW. & Simone Leavell-Bruce, Psy.D.
                                  Wednesdays: Cierra Whatley, Ph.D. & Mar'Kayla Walker-Jones, MSSW
                                  Thursdays:  Jarice Carr, Ph.D. & Leigh Norwood, LCSW

  • True Selves:  A Gender & Sexuality Spectrum Group
    Tuesdays:  2:00-3:15 PM,  February 16 - May 4

    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:  Terri Rhodes, Ph.D. & Emily Brown, Ph.D. 
  • Multicultural Women Empowerment Group
    Tuesdays:  3:30-5:00 PM,  February 16 - May 4

    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:  Renita Sengupta, Psy.D. & Daniela Recabarren, Ph.D.

  • Empowered Black Man Group

    Tuesdays: 3:30-5:00 PM,  February 16 - May 4
    This group will discuss the impact of identity, including how we understand ourselves and how we are understood, on wellbeing.  Typical issues discussed include societal expectations, relationships and isolation, perceptions of strength, spirituality, sexual identity, intra-racial diversity, power/oppression, dealing with pressures, and coping with racism.  In developing awareness of the multiple impacts on Black masculinity, this group endeavors to empower students to define for themselves how they hope to move in the world.
    Group Leader:  Terrence Harper II, Ph.D.

  • Social Confidence 
    Wednesdays:   1:30-3:00 PM,  February 16 - March 23,  March 30 - May 4
    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:  Tuesdays: Aayla Alexander, LCSW & Emily Brown, Ph.D.

  • Managing Substance Use
    Wednesdays: 2:00-3:30 PM,  February 17 - May 5

    This supportive group is a place for those that are interested in changing their relationship with substances. Whether you are looking to quit or cut back, you are welcome to explore your process here. Together the group will create a safe space to discuss and empower members to navigate the emotions, pressures, stigmas and stumbling blocks that impact the substance use and recovery journey.
    Group Leader:  Kelly O'Donnell, LCAS, LCMHC