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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 psychotherapy group, please contact the Counseling Center 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 Therapy Groups

These are the Spring 2021 Group offerings. Groups are available for students physically located in DC, MD, and VA. All Groups will be held virtually.

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: Mondays, 1:00-2:15 pm
(Facilitators: Jacquelyn Number, Psy.D. and Mariam Gregorian, M.A.)
Group 2: Wednesdays, 3:00-4:15 pm 
(Facilitators: Vaughn Miller, Psy.D. and Nick Tailsman, M.A.)
Group 3: Thursdays, 4:00-5:15 pm
(Facilitators: Jackie Darby, Psy.D and Robert Ortega, M.A.)

Black Folx Heal
The chronic onslaught of pain, marginalization, and brutalization of Black folx, compounded with the impact of a global pandemic continues to present challenges for Black folx and communities. This group will provide a space for Black students to recognize, explore, and process the Black lived experience, and decompress to better navigate a world that is too often a threat to Black existence.

Day and Time: Tuesdays, 3:00-4:15 pm
(Facilitators: Dave Jean, Ph.D. and Joy Hunter, M.A.)

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.

Day and Time: Fridays, 1:00-2:15 pm
(Facilitators: Danise Mok, Ph.D. and Mariam Gregorian, M.A.)

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.

Day and Time: Mondays, 3:00-3:45 pm 
(Facilitators: Melissa Meulman, Psy.D. and Joy Hunter, M.A.)

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.

Day and Time: Mondays, 11:00-12:15 pm
(Facilitators: Malini Basdeo, Psy.D. and Robert Ortega, M.A.)

Coping with COVID-19 Group
This group is for students who have been deeply impact by the pandemic and desire a place to receive support and understanding and provide the same to others. Exploring the tasks of understanding the loss felt by the pandemic, sharing with fellow group members, and to foster healing among the members. 

Day and Time: Thursdays, 2:00-3:15 pm 
(Facilitators: Jackie Darby, Psy.D. and Nick Tailsman, M.A.)

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