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Group Therapy

Membership in a counseling group is by appointment only. To participate in group counseling, you will first have a pre-group meeting (30 minutes) where you meet privately with the group facilitator(s) to talk about the group and your goals to assure a good fit for you. The Counseling Center offers a variety of groups each semester for undergraduate and graduate students. The group schedule may change from semester to semester, so please stop by the Counseling Center, located in the Garcia Annex (Room 100) to schedule an appointment or to speak with a group co-facilitator.

How Groups Can Help You Flourish:

Group counseling provides a supportive atmosphere where self-esteem, self-compassion, resiliency, and strengths can come alive. Here are a few reasons groups can provide you support:

  • Groups can act as a support network and a sounding board. Other members can often help you come up with specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge, and hold you accountable along the way.
  • Regularly talking and listening to others helps you put your own problems in perspective. Oftentimes, you may feel like you are the only one struggling — but you’re not. It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they’re going through, and realize you’re not alone.
  • Diversity is an important benefit of group therapy. People have different personalities and backgrounds, and they look at situations in different ways. By seeing how other people tackle problems and make positive changes, you can discover a whole range of strategies for facing your own concerns.

Fall 2014 Group Offerings

Mindfulness Stress Reduction Group

Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Facilitators: Angella Anderson, Psy.D., L.P.C. & Enjolie Lafaurie, M.S.Ed., CHT

This 8-week group is designed to diminish physical & emotional symptoms of stress & increase a sense of well-being. Members will learn how to cultivate more awareness, increase relaxation, and learn about mindfulness (via meditation, breathing) to manage stressful times.

Body Wellness Group

Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Facilitators: Angella Anderson, Psy.D., L.P.C. & Carolyn Pepper, M.A.

This group is for individuals who wish to transform their body image and relationship with food in a positive manner. The primary goal is to provide a safe, supportive environment where self-confidence can flourish.

Coed Personal Growth Groups

Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Facilitators: Corey Vas, Ph.D. & Amanda Bloom M.S. Ed.

Fridays from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Facilitators: Carol Fonseca, Ph.D. & Matt Ching, M.S.

These groups are for people who feel unsatisfied with surface-level relationships and would like to make more meaningful connections with others. Members will have the opportunity to share their struggles and concerns in a safe and confidential space, and can benefit from receiving multiple perspectives, support, encouragement, and feedback from leaders and other group members.

Women’s Journey to Healing Group

Fridays from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Facilitators: Karen Schaefer, Ph.D. & Enjolie Lafaurie, M.S.Ed., CHT

This group is for women who as children experienced abuse directly or witnessed family violence. It is also for individuals who have experienced sexual assault or relationship violence as adults. The focus of the group will be on identifying the short- and long-term effects such experiences have had on the survivor. Group members can also explore how to deal adaptively with current emotions, behaviors, beliefs and thoughts that relate to past trauma(s).

Additional groups are available upon staff availability and student requests. These groups may include the following:

  • Veteran’s Support Group
  • Disabilities Support Group
  • Men’s Process Group (Spring, 2015; Mondays- 3:00-4:30 pm)
  • Building Social Confidence