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Drop-In Groups

Drop-in groups are available to all enrolled students at American University. There is no need to schedule an Initial Consultation appointment or register prior to attending. Just drop-in.

Overcoming Procrastination: Tuesday, February 26th, 5-6pm
(Location: MGC 245)

Managing Stress: Tuesday, March 26th, 5-6pm
(Location: MGC 245)

Tackling Test Anxiety: Tuesday, April 23rd, 5-6pm
(Location: MGC 245)

Group Therapy

Ongoing group therapy provides a caring context in which you can talk confidentially with other students who share your concerns or experiences. A group can be a wonderful source of feedback, support, good humor, and creative ideas for how to cope with personal or interpersonal challenges. Therapy groups are confidential and are led by Counseling Center clinicians.

If you are interested in participating in a group, please contact the Counseling Center as early in the semester as you can to schedule an Initial Consultation appointment. During that appointment, please share your interest in group. Unless noted, students are required to attend an Initial Consultation and pre-group meeting before attending an ongoing therapy group. These meetings help to determine if the group of interest is a good fit for you at the time. If you have ideas for an additional group that would interest you, please let us know!


Groups Offered: Spring 2019 Therapy Groups

Understanding Self & Others: Insight-Oriented Process Groups
Do you want to express yourself better in relationships? Do you want to build stronger and more meaningful relationships? Do you feel anxious, lonely, or isolated in the midst of so many people? Do you want to make changes but are not sure how to do so? These are common experiences for many students. This group is designed to create a safe environment for students to better understand who they are, explore relationship patterns, and try different ways of relating with other people all within a safe and confidential setting. Possible topics of discussion can include trust, intimacy, anxiety, anger, sadness, and isolation.
Group 1: Tuesdays, 3:00-4:15pm
(Facilitators: Bernasha Anderson, Ph.D. & Alyssa Poblete, M.Phil.)
Group 2: Thursdays, 2:00-3:15pm
(Facilitators: Frances Rekrut, Ph.D. & Sarah Conlin, M.S.)
Group 3: Thursdays, 4:00-5:15pm
(Facilitators: Jackie Darby, Psy.D. & Leslie Rubin, M.S.)
Group 4: Fridays, 1:00-2:15pm
(Facilitators: Jen Bakalar, Ph.D. & Arubah Khan, M.S.)

"CARE Group" for Survivors of Sexual Assault
The Connect And Reconnect Group is a group for survivors of sexual assault. The purpose of the group is to provide a safe and supportive space for survivors to work together to increase their understanding and coping with their experiences. Group members can decide together the most meaningful focus for the group and care will be taken in deciding when and whether to discuss specific traumas more directly. Possible topics of discussion include: exploring how your experiences of interpersonal violence can impact your sense of safety, trust, self-esteem and relationships; the physiological effects of trauma, including disrupted sleep and/or concentration; understanding feelings such as guilt, shame, and anger; emotion regulation and self-care; connection and relationship building.
Fridays, 3:00-4:15pm
(Facilitators: Shatina Williams, Ph.D. & Shari Matray, M.S., LGPC)

Grief Group: Grieving and Growing through Connection
This group is for students who wish to understand their grief experiences in a supportive and safe group space. The group aims to help group members receive support and understanding and provide the same to others. Sharing with fellow group members is also intended to foster new ways of approaching various situations and reshape the meanings of loss in life and relationships.
Mondays, 3:00-4:15pm
(Facilitators: Daniel Birichi, Ph.D. & Alyssa Poblete, M.Phil.)

LGBTQ+ Group
This group is designed for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other students navigating their sexual and/or gender identity. The group provides a confidential, safe, and supportive space for students to explore their sexual and/or gender identities, lived experience, coming out, dating, family, relationships, community, and other areas of interest to group members.
Wednesdays, 3:00-4:15pm
(Facilitators: Daniel Birichi, Ph.D. & Sarah Conlin, M.S.)

How to DEAL
This group is designed for students who would like to learn how to cope with painful or strong feelings and learn how to manage them more effectively. Over the course of this 6-week group, participants will learn and practice skills related to mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation. While there will be room to talk about one's personal life and concerns, the group is set up to function like a small class with group leaders teaching skills and participants sharing what it's like to practice them.
Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00pm
(Facilitators: Laura Herron, Ph.D. & Leslie Rubin, M.S.)

Our Voices: A Supportive Space for Students of Color
The group will serve to openly engage in dialogues about the lived experience of being a person of color on this campus. This group serves to empower students and help them recognize that there are others who share similar experiences. Our Voices ultimately serves as an outlet for people of color to come together weekly to foster community, learn to navigate being at a PWI, and enhance their success at AU.
Mondays, 1:00-2:15pm
(Facilitators: Jackie Darby, Psy.D. & Arubah Khan, M.S.)

“Inform and Empower” for Survivors of Interpersonal Trauma
The group is designed for survivors of interpersonal trauma who are relatively new to group psychotherapy. The purpose of this group is to connect survivors in a confidential, supportive space to learn about the social, emotional, and physical impact of violence. Additionally, this group is intended to address experiences of isolation and self-blame that are commonly reported in the aftermath of trauma. Each week, we will cover a topic or theme relevant to trauma survivorship, such as trust, boundaries, safety, and self-care. The group will focus primarily on present experience and may be a strong fit if you do not feel ready or if you are unsure if you feel ready to share and/or hear specific trauma details. Therefore, this group may serve as a stepping-stone to a future group that involves processing trauma directly or you may decide on an alternate treatment plan. We encourage you to discuss your needs and preferences with the group leaders on an individual basis.
Day/Time: TBD
(Facilitators: Jen Bakalar, Ph.D. and Laura Herron, Ph.D.)

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