Group Counseling

Rich Schmitt Photography 073If 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 2016 Groups

Weekly View of All Groups…

Circle of Hope

(offered through Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services (RSVP))
Led by Shirley Wu, Fridays: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
This is a support group for individuals who have experienced some form of sexual trauma.

Effective Living

Led by Elizabeth Reyes and 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 Students

Led by Alise Cogger, Wednesdays: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
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.

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

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. (begins August 1, 2016)
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, 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.

Relationship Group

Led by Bryce McDavitt, Tuesdays: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This group focuses on learning how to have vital, rewarding, authentic relationships. We talk about friendships and romantic/sexual relationships, as well as professional, academic, and family relationships. Relating to others effectively and fulfillingly is an ability that can grow through practice. Group members work on improving this ability through the interactive nature of the group itself, and by giving and receiving honest feedback about each others style of relating.

Self Discovery Through Creativity

Led by Robin Ward, Fridays: 3 p.m. – 4:30 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 Alise Cogger, Wednesdays: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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.

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.

Taking Control of Anxiety

Led by Summer Zapata, Tuesdays: 3:30 p.m. – 5 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 Cristina Perez, Mondays: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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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