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.
Drop-in groups are single sessions held from 5-6pm in MGC 205.
Cookies and Conflict (February 10): Learn ways to manage interpersonal conflict.
Anxiety Tool-Kit (February 24): Tackle anxiety head on by learning different ways to manage the emotion.
Overcoming Procrastination (March 16): Don't wait until tomorrow to learn how to stop procrastination.
Self-Care/Stress Management (March 23): Explore why self-care is the best care.
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!
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, 3-4:15pm
(Facilitators: Jen Bakalar, Ph.D. & Lina Liw, M.S.Ed.)
Group 2: Tuesdays, 3-4:15pm
(Facilitators: Arubah Khan, Ph.D. & Emma Nowicki, M.Psy.)
Group 3: Thursdays, 4-5:15pm
(Facilitators: Jaquelyn Nuber, M.A. & Catherine Coogan, M.Phil.)
Group 4: Fridays, 1-2:15pm
(Facilitators: Shatina Williams, Ph.D. & Kayla Phillips, M.A.)
"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.
Day and Time: Fridays, 3-4:15pm
(Facilitators: Jen Bakalar, Ph.D. & Catherine Coogan, M.Phil.)
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.
Day and Time: Thursdays, 2-3:15pm
(Facilitators: Frances Rekrut, Ph.D. & Lina Liw, M.S.Ed.)
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: Wednesdays 3-4:15pm
(Facilitators: Daniel Birichi, Ph.D.)
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: Wednesdays, 2-3pm
(Facilitators: Jackie Darby, Psy.D. & Emma Nowicki, M.Psy.)
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, 1-2:15pm
(Facilitators: Jackie Darby, Psy.D. & Kayla Phillips, M.A.)
Social Skills Group
This 45-mintue weekly group is designed for students who struggle with social skills challenges, including finding, making, and keeping friendships and romantic partners, managing conflict, and dealing with rejection. In the group, members will have an opportunity to learn and practice new techniques and/or strengthen the skills they've already learned. This group will be an accepting environment in which individuals can explore, learn, and practice social skills without judgement.
Day and Time: Tuesdays, 2-2:45pm
(Facilitators: Frances Rekrut, Ph.D. & Shari Matray, M.S.Ed.)