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.
CAPS will not be offering therapy groups during Summer 2020; however, please see below for Community Check-In Spaces that are being offered during this time.
Thursdays 11am-12pm, May 28 - June 25
A drop-in group for UNC Charlotte graduate students to connect with and receive support from each other as they navigate the challenges of graduate school, time management, and other responsibilities including work and family. This space is not to be considered as a substitute for therapy.
Graduate students may access this space each week through webex:
Or dial 1-415-655-0002 and enter meeting ID 615 247 875
Facilitator: Lynne Harris, Ph.D.
Niner Athlete Virtual Community Check-in Space
Tuesdays 11am-12pm, May 19 - June 23
A drop-in group for UNC Charlotte student-athletes to connect with each other and licensed sport psychologist, Dr. Taryn Brandt. These meetings will provide an opportunity for student-athletes to check in with one another, voice challenges they are experiencing, and receive support and ideas for coping. This space is not to be considered as a substitute for therapy.
Student Athletes may access this space each week through webex:
Or dial 1-415-655-0002 and enter meeting ID 612 224 979
Facilitator: Taryn Brandt, Ph.D.
SPRING 2020 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.
Understanding Self & Others I
Tuesdays: 1:30-3:00 PM
Group Leaders: Lynne Harris, Ph.D. & Simone Leavell-Bruce, M.A.
Understanding Self & Others II
Wednesdays: 3:30-5:00 PM
Group Leaders: Cierra Whatley, Ph.D. & Bethany Rothamel, M.A.
Understanding Self & Others III
Thursdays: 3:30-5:00 PM
Group Leaders: Daniela Recabarren, Ph.D. & Maime Butler, M.A.
Understanding Self & Others: Men's Group
Mondays: 2:00-3:30 PM
Group Leaders: Aaron Brink, Psy.D. & Zach Elison, Ph.D.
Women Survivors of Sexual Trauma
Wednesdays: 4:30-6:00 PM
Group Leaders: Terri Rhodes, Ph.D. & Naomi Rawitz, LCSW
Themed Structured Groups
Please call or stop by the Center for more information about joining.
- The Empowered Black Woman
Mondays: 3:30-5:00 PM, January 27 - April 27
Tuesdays: 3:30-5:00 PM, January 28 - April 28
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: Leigh Norwood, LCSW & Simone Leavell-Bruce, M.A.
Tuesdays: Aayla Alexander, LCSW & Maime Butler, M.A.
Tuesdays: 1:00-2:30 PM, February 11 - April 21
Wednesdays: 1:30-3:00 PM, February 12 - April 22
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: Emily Brown, Ph.D.
Wednesdays: Aayla Alexander, LCSW
- True Selves: A Gender & Sexuality Spectrum Group
Tuesdays: 2:00-3:15 PM, January 28 - April 28
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. & Bethany Rothamel, M.A.
- Multicultural Women Empowerment Group
Tuesdays: 3:45-5:15 PM, January 28 - April 28
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: Jarice Carr, Ph.D. & Daniela Recabarren, Ph.D.
- Empowered Black Man Group
Tuesdays: 3:30-5:00 PM, January 28 - April 28
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.
Wednesdays: 1:00-2:30 PM, January 8 - April 22
Location: Veteran Student Lounge Barnard 108
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 Leader: Libby Malone, Ph.D. & Paisley Azra-Lewis, B.S.