Group Counseling

JDZ_USC_4_293Call (213) 740-7711 and ask 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. Broderick Leaks, the group therapy coordinator. He may be able to help you figure out which group best fits your needs.

Circle of Hope

(offered through the Center for Women and Men)
Lauren Moses, PsyD
This is a support group for individuals who have experienced sexual assault.
Fridays: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Effective Living

Cristina Perez, LCSW and Bruce Spring, MD
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.
Tuesdays: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Graduate Students

Sunil Obediah, PhD
Psychotherapy group in which graduate students discuss issues such as family problems, academic concerns (i.e. thesis/dissertation challenges, navigating academic department), relationship issues, feelings of isolation, work/life balance, depression, anxiety, anger, etc.
Mondays: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. or Fridays: 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Healthy Relationships

(offered through the Center for Women and Men)
Ekta Kumar, PsyD
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.
Time to be determined.

Injured Athletes

Alise Cogger, PhD
Provides support for student athletes in coping with mental health challenges related to injury.
Time to be determined.

International Tea Time

Yoey Cheng, PsyD
A casual discussion group to provide support to international students around issues of cultural adjustment and homesickness. Topics include: culture shock/transitions, domestic peer relationships, dating in the US vs. home country, risky behaviors in the US, academic life in US vs. home country.
Thursdays: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Living Well: Managing Disability and Chronic Health Conditions

Elizabeth Reyes, PhD
A weekly, supportive therapy group for students who manage physical disabilities and chronic health conditions. This group will provide a space to gain support in balancing health, academics and social life, to feel less alone, and to find guidance from fellow students who share similar concerns.
Wednesdays: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Living with Loss

Yong Park, PhD
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.
Fridays: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Andy Shaw, LMFT
A structured and experiential group using mindfulness techniques and other meditation practices to reduce stress and to facilitate relaxation and well-being. Students will learn ways to be more present, aware and accepting of their experience, and they will have the opportunity to practice different types of mindfulness meditation each week.
Mondays: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Fridays 11 a.m. – 12: p.m.; Drop-in hour: Mondays 12 – 1 p.m.

Peace with Food

Elizabeth Reyes, PhD
Provides support for students in managing the struggle with the relationship with food, their bodies, and any underlying emotional component.
Fridays: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Self Discovery through Creativity

Robin Ward, LCSW
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.
Fridays: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Support Group

Elizabeth Reyes, PhD
This group is for support on topics that include, but not limited to, sexual and gender identity concerns; developing meaningful relationships; self-acceptance; feeling marginalized; relationship stressors; and balancing academics and personal life.
Mondays: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Social Confidence

Broderick Leaks, PhD
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.
Fridays 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Social Confidence: Part Two

Broderick Leaks, PhD
A structured group for individuals who have already completed the initial Social Confidence Group. This group builds on previously learned CBT concepts and further engages students in exposure-based techniques to decrease their anxiety and improve functioning in social and performance situations.
Thursdays 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Therapeutic Restorative Yoga

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.
Mondays: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Toolkit for Anxiety

Michelle Morgan, LCSW, and Javanne Golob, MSW
Helps students understand, cope with, reduce, and even resolve the impairment that comes with excessive anxiety.
Wednesdays: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Trail Blazers

Susan Ramirez, PhD
Support group for first-generation college students to discuss expectations, resilience, sense of belonging, intersecting identities and experiences unique to first-generation students.
Fridays: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Understanding Myself and Others

Sunil Obediah, PhD
The purpose of this group is to help students who struggle in relating with others. Examples where students may find themselves in strained relationships include: romantic partners, parents, family, friends, fellow students, professors and coworkers. This group is used to work on identifying and improving one’s manner of relating through the interactive nature of the group. This group provides an opportunity to share and receive feedback about personal struggles with peers within the group.
Wednesdays: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Women of Color

Cristina Perez, LCSW
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.
Fridays: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Disability Services and Programs

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