Group Counseling

JDZ_USC_1_055If 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. The facilitator will set up an appointment with you for a pre-group appointment. This is a 30-minute meeting where you will learn more about the group and decide with the facilitators if it is the best “fit” for you.

If you are not sure what group you might be interested in, call and ask to speak with Dr. Michelle Dexter, the group therapy coordinator. She may be able to help you figure out which group best fits your needs.

Fall 2015 Groups

Circle of Hope

(offered through the Center for Women and Men)
Fridays: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ekta Kumar, PsyD
This is a support group for individuals who have experienced some form of sexual trauma.

Effective Living

Fridays: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Michelle Dexter, PhD and Olivia Wills, LCSW
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 including Regulating Emotions, Tolerating Distress, Increasing Mindfulness, and Improving Relationships.

Graduate Students

Wednesdays: 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Elizabeth Reyes, PhD, Dylan Firsick, M.A. and Mark Miller, M.A.
Thursdays: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Bryce McDavitt, PhD
Psychotherapy group in which graduate students discuss personal issues such as family problems, relationship issues, feelings of isolation, depression, anxiety, anger, etc.

Healthy Relationships

(offered through the Center for Women and Men)
Thursdays: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Liz Lee, ACSW
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 building healthy relationships.

International Tea Time

(Direct Referral)
Thursdays: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Yoey Cheng, PsyD and Paul Perales, M.A.
Casual discussion group to provide support to international students around issues of cultural adjustment and homesickness.

Living with Loss

Wednesdays: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Alise Cogger, PhD and Risa Scott
Provides a place for students to meet with others who are experiencing grief.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

(Direct Referral)
Mondays: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (drop in hour: Mondays 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.)
Mark Miller, M.A. and Mekeisha Buffaloe, M.A.
Tuesdays: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Michelle Dexter, PhD and Bruce Wallace, PsyD
A structured and experiential group class using mindfulness meditation to facilitate greater relaxation, presence and sense of well-being.

Mindful Well-Being

(Direct Referral)
Fridays: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Robin Ward, LCSW and Kallie Rhormayer, M.A.
Through mindfulness practice and activities, the group will help students cultivate self-compassion and decrease self-criticism.

Peace with Food

Mondays: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Reyes, PhD and Traci Bank, M.A.
Support for students in managing the struggle with the relationship with food, their bodies, and any underlying emotional components.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Support Group

Fridays: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Alise Cogger, PhD and Joshua Ziesel, M.A.
Provides space to discuss sexual and gender identity concerns. Students will receive support as they attempt to develop meaningful relationships and navigate issues related to marginalization, relationship stress, and balancing academics and personal life.

Social Confidence

(Direct Referral)
Fridays: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Broderick Leaks, PhD and Dylan Firsick, M.A.
Structured group for individuals with social anxiety, social phobia, or “shyness”.

Therapeutic Restorative Yoga

(Direct Referral)
Wednesdays: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Javanne Golob, MSW
Helps to relieve the mental and physical effects of stress by placing the body in passive poses supported by props. Members are led into a state of deep relaxation using meditative breathing techniques and guided visualization.

Toolkit for Anxiety

(Direct Referral)
Wednesdays: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Fridays: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Michelle Morgan, LCSW, and Javanne Golob, MSW
Fridays: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Quade French, PhD
Helps students understand, cope with, and hopefully reduce and even resolve the impairment that comes with excessive anxiety.

The Relationship Group

Tuesdays: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Yoey Cheng, PsyD
Provides help to students who are struggling in any type of relationship (e.g. romantic partners, family, friends, etc.).

Disability Services and Programs

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