Group Counseling

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Fall 2017 Group Counseling Schedule


Mindfulness Drop In: Monday 12:00-1:00pm
This drop-in group creates an opportunity for a formal mindfulness practice.

Men of Color: Monday 12:15-1:15pm
The Men of Color group is a weekly, drop-in space for all male-identified students of color to work toward a better understanding of themselves and others 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, as we consider areas of growth, and strength.

Mindfulness Skills for Daily Living: Monday 3:00-4:30pm
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.

Women of Color: Monday 3:15-4:15pm
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.


Effective Living Skills: Tuesday 1:00-2:30pm
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.

Graduate Relationship Group: Tuesday 3:00-4:30pm
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.

Toolkit for Anxiety: Tuesday 3:30-5pm
Helps students understand, cope with, reduce, and even resolve the impairment that comes with excessive anxiety.


Undergraduate Relationships Group: Wednesday 1:00-2:30pm
This group is 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 other’s style of relating.

Healthy Relationships (via RSVP): Wednesday 3:00-4:30pm
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.

Let’s Talk: International Student Workshops: 5:00-6:00pm on 9/20, 10/18 and 11/15.
A casual discussion group to provide support to international students around issues of cultural adjustment, connecting with others, and managing stress. Students do not need to sign up, but can show up to participate in these once per month.


Peace with Food (PWF): Thursday 1:00-2:30pm
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.

Managing Mood: Thursday 3:00-4:30pm
This is 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.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Support Group (SOGI): Thursday 3:00-4:30pm
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.

Living with Loss: Thursday 3:30-5:00pm
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.


Social Confidence Group: Structured group for social and performance anxiety: Friday 1:30-3:00pm
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.

Mindful Well-Being: Mindfulness practice to cultivate self-compassion: Friday 2:30-4:00pm
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: Substance use support (not 12 step or abstinence-based): Friday 3:00-4:30pm
This group provides support for students who are reassessing their use of alcohol or other substances (not other addictions at this time). Focus is on building motivation, increasing awareness of use and triggers, providing strategies for making/maintaining desired changes, and living a more balanced and satisfying life.

Circle of Hope: Sexual Trauma Support (via RSVP): Friday 3:00-4:30pm
This support group is for individuals who have experienced sexual trauma.

Yoga as Healing: (via RSVP)


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.


Disability Services and Programs

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


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