Group Counseling

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Group therapy offers the unique opportunity for students to understand themselves, learn skills to manage their emotions, or both.

  • The group can be a powerful source of strength and support from others who have similar experiences
  • You can recognize that you are not alone in your struggles
  • Group provides a safe and supportive place to try out new behaviors and ways of interacting
  • Feedback to and from others about how you are perceived can be a catalyst for understanding and change
  • Group can provide a place to deepen understanding about roles and patterns
  • Group can be a pace to learn about closeness, trust, and intimacy

Below are detailed descriptions of the various groups that are offered. If you are interested in participating in one of our groups, please call (213) 740-7711 and to speak to the facilitator of the group you are interested in joining or submit the form below. If you are not sure what group you might be interested in, please complete the short survey and someone will be in contact with you.

Group Interest Form

Completing this form is a great way to learn more about the group, and it is not considered a commitment to join. Please be advised – email (and this form) is not a secure medium for transmitting confidential information.

Fall 2016 Groups

Weekly View of All Groups…

All In Your Feelings

Led by Bruce Wallace II, Mondays: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (STU 415)
Within the African-American community being “all in your feelings” refers to being “overly” emotional about a particular incident, experience, or issue. The All in Your Feelings group is a weekly, drop-in group for all students of African descent to meet and explore issues affecting people of African descent on campus, nationally, and globally with a specific focus on exploring and discussing the psychological and emotional impacts of these issues on African people worldwide. Particular areas of exploration will be the biases and stigma within the African Diasporic community regarding seeking mental health services and the general stigma around exploring and speaking about painful/uncomfortable emotional experiences.

Circle of Hope

(offered through Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services (RSVP))
Led by Ekta Kumar, Time TBD
This is a support group for individuals who have experienced some form of sexual trauma.

Effective Living

Led by Paul Zawacki, Fridays: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Effective Living Group is a group for students who feel that it is difficult to manage intense emotions. It is meant to teach a variety of skills adapted from DBT to assist individuals who struggle with emotional and interpersonal issues. Learning modules include Regulating Emotions, Tolerating Distress, Increasing Mindfulness, and Improving Relationships. Each week the group will review old material, teach new material, and assign practice exercises. Group members will interact with each other and help each other learn and grow during this process.

First-Gen Trail Blazers

Led by Susan Ramirez
Support for first generation college students to discuss expectations, resilience, sense of belonging, intersecting identities and experiences unique to first-gen students.

Graduate Relationship Group

Led by Bryce McDavitt, Tuesdays: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This process group helps graduate students achieve fulfillment in relationships with partners, family, friends, mentors, and others.  Students develop healthy relationship capacities through the interaction of group members in a safe space.  You will be invited to be aware of your thoughts and feelings, and speak up authentically in order to understand the roles you tend to take in relationships and why you react the ways you do.  Learn to navigate emotionally-intense interpersonal issues, such as trust, intimacy, assertiveness, anger, and loss.

Healthy Relationships

(offered through RSVP)
Led by Liz Lee, Wednesdays: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
A process group for students who have experienced relational abuse (e.g. physical or emotional abuse) and are interested in increasing their understanding of themselves and others.

Injured Athletes

Led by Dylan Firsick, Time TBD
Provides support for student athletes in coping with mental health challenges related to injury.

International Tea Time

Led by Yoey Cheng, Tuesdays: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
This is a discussion and support group for the international student community to meet other international students, share impressions of the US/USC and learn about the experiences of others. This is a chance to discuss anything that is confusing, difficult, or amusing. Topics often addressed include adjusting to USC; developing and maintaining relationships; coping with academic and career pressures/stress; cultural differences in dating; interviewing skills; homesickness; understanding differences in communication or relating to others; and more.

Living with Loss

Led by Yong Park, Thursdays: 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
For students who have lost a loved one in any point in their lives. The loss could be a parent, friend or relative. Group provides a place for students to meet with others who are experiencing grief, learn about the grieving process, and share coping strategies.

Managing Mood

Led by Andrew Iskandar, Fridays: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
This is a skills group for students who experience anxiety and/or depression. This group uses an evidence-based model to help students identify emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components of distress. Students will also be taught new and more effective ways to respond to their emotions.

Mindful Mondays

Led by Mark Miller, Mondays: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
This drop-in group creates an opportunity for a formal mindfulness practice.

Mindfulness Skills for Daily Living

Led by Mark Miller, Mondays: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
A structured and experiential group class using mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and to build relation and well-being skills. Students will learn ways to be more present, aware, accepting, and compassionate of their experiences. Students will have the opportunity to learn and engage in different types of mindfulness practices each week.

Mindful Well-Being

Led by Robin Ward, Tuesdays: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Through mindfulness practice, activities, and group discussion, the group will help participants to cultivate self-compassion in meeting life’s difficulties. It can be especially helpful in addressing self-criticism and judgment, as well as perfectionism. It will also assist members in developing the ability to be present in the moment, leading to greater self-kindness, confidence and well-being.

New Choices

Led by Alise Cogger, Thursdays: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Support for students who are reassessing their use of alcohol or other substances. Build motivation, learn to set personal goals, gain strategies for leading a more balanced and satisfying life, and make choices that are right for you. Abstinence is not required. This is not a 12-step group.

Peace with Food

Led by Elizabeth Reyes, (will begin early to mid October – Mondays: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Provides support for students in managing the struggle with the relationship with food, their bodies, and themselves. Primary focus is helping students understanding the function of the role of food in their lives, underlying emotional concerns, learning to name feelings, and alternative coping with feeling.

Undergraduate Relationship Group

Led by Elizabeth Reyes, Wednesdays: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
This group focuses on learning how to meaningful relationships and connection with others. Group members work on improving this ability through the interactive nature of the group itself, and by giving and receiving honest feedback about each other’s style of relating. Students concerns vary from feeling misunderstood, wanting to work on trust in relationships, fears of burdening others, fear of judgement, perfectionism, or self-esteem. This group is team-led for the added benefit of multiple perspectives.

Self Discovery Through Creativity

Led by Olivia Wills, Fridays: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
For students interested in deepening their self-understanding through creative expression. This support/experiential group utilizes exercises, along with The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron, to facilitate growth and healing and increase the ability to be “in the moment.” The first twenty minutes of each group is experiential, utilizing writing, visualization, music and art exercises.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Support Group (SOGI)

Led by Bryce McDavitt, Thursdays: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This group addresses life and relationship issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Topics are based on students’ interest and can include exploring your identity; trust and connecting in relationships; dealing with heterosexism or internalized homophobia; dealing with cissexism or internalized transphobia; dating; family and societal expectations; faith and identity; and balancing academics and personal life.

Social Confidence

Led by Broderick Leaks, Fridays: 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
A structured group that focuses on the needs of individuals with social and performance anxiety. CBT strategies will be employed as well as exposure exercises. Group topics include anxiety management, assertiveness and communication skills.

Therapeutic Restorative Yoga

Led by Javanne Golob, Wednesdays: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
This group is for students who want to increase their relaxation and reduce chronic stress. Each week the practice will provide clients with different poses and skills to manage stress: basic relaxation poses, a general restorative practice to do at home, poses they can employ during busy days for quick relaxation, poses for lower back pain, poses for headaches, poses for insomnia, poses for when breathing is difficult, poses for grounding, and poses they can do in a chair. Clients will also be led through guided visualizations and breathing exercises to deepen feelings of relaxation within the body.

Toolkit for Anxiety

Led by Summer Zapata, Tuesdays: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Helps students understand, cope with, reduce, and even resolve the impairment that comes with excessive anxiety.

Unpacking Masculinity in Men of Color

Led by Quade Yoo Song French, Mondays: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (STU 413)
The Men of Color group is a weekly, drop-in group for all male-identified students of color to meet, and work to better understand life at the intersections of gender, race, culture, and social pressure. We will explore how the complex experience of masculinity in today’s society shapes how we think, feel, and relate to others.

Women of Color

Led by Elizabeth Reyes (will begin early to mid October)
This group provides peer and clinical support to students who, they themselves, identify as women of color. The group aims to address multiple issues, including: negotiating cultural adjustments, acknowledging the effects of various attitudes, the experience in the classroom and much more.

Disability Services and Programs

Please visit the Office of Disability Services and Programs for information about their available groups.


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