Most groups close to new members mid-semester and will re-open to new members at the start of the next semester. For more information, interested students can contact the Counseling Center.

Spring 2021 

Therapy Groups

Understanding Self and Others
Mondays, 5:10-6:30 pm
Co-led by Rekha Varghese, Psy.D. & Jesse Greenblatt, M.Psy.

This weekly, co-ed, interpersonal process group is designed for students who want to increase their understanding of their interpersonal styles. Group members will gain awareness of dynamics that influence their functioning in personal and academic settings, and have the opportunity to support each other in the process of emotional exploration. This will be a brave and collaborative environment where members can share personal experiences and receive feedback.

For Spring 2021, this group will be conducted via videoconference. Due to state licensure requirements, students will need to be located in Washington D.C. or another jurisdiction in which the co-facilitators are able to practice at the time of group. Students who are interested in participating but are not located in D.C., should contact the Counseling Center for more information. Students will need to complete an Intake and Pre-Screen prior to joining the group.  

 

Grief and Loss Support Group
Tuesdays, 2:10-3:30 pm 
Co-led by Holly Weber, Psy.D. & Andrew Connors, M.A.

Have you lost a family member or close friend? Do you have a loved one who is terminally ill? Are your academics, relationships, or well-being affected by the death or imminent death of a significant person in your life? Do you feel alone in your grief? If so, you may benefit from the Grief and Loss Support Group. This group is open to students whose loss occurred in the past and is still impacting them today as well as those who have experienced more recent loss. Grief and Loss Support Group provides a space for students to express emotions and share experiences related to bereavement as well as receive and provide support for one another. The group will include a combination of psychoeducation and discussion, support, and activities that will vary depending on group members’ needs and preferences.

For Spring 2021, this group will be conducted via videoconference. Due to state licensure requirements, students will need to be located in Washington D.C. or another jurisdiction in which the co-facilitators are able to practice at the time of group. Students who are interested in participating but are not located in D.C., should contact the Counseling Center for more information. Students will need to complete an Intake and Pre-Screen prior to joining the group.  

 

Empowerment Group
Fridays, 3:10-4:30 pm
Co-led by Karen Miller, LICSW & Serena Anand, M.PSY.

The Empowerment Group is a confidential therapy group for female-identified survivors of unwanted sexual experiences. This group focuses on recovery and empowerment, and it is intended to provide a space where survivors can process their experiences, connect to a survivor community, and support each other. Topics are chosen by group members and may include self-care; managing feelings of guilt, blame, and anger; relationships and dating; and spirituality and identity questions.

For Spring 2021, this group will be conducted via videoconference. Due to state licensure requirements, students will need to be located in Washington D.C. or another jurisdiction in which the co-facilitators are able to practice at the time of group. Students who are interested in participating but are not located in D.C., should contact the Counseling Center for more information. Students will need to complete an Intake and Pre-Screen prior to joining the group.  

 

 Psychoeducation Groups

While Counseling Center clinicians facilitate Psychoeducation Groups, and participation may have therapeutic benefit for the members, it does not imply that participants are in therapy or are clients at the Counseling Center. This is not a clinical service. 

Stress Management 101
Tuesdays, 5:10-6:30 pm
Co-led by Lizzy Mass, LICSW & Andrew Connors, M.A.

Stressed out? Who isn’t? Being a student is really, really stressful. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by the stress of exams, papers, extracurricular demands, and even your social life, join Stress Management 101 and learn to stress smarter. In four short weeks, Stress Management 101 will equip you with myriad stress management strategies and help you build a healthier relationship with your stress. This group will include videos, group discussion, and activities, and will have a specific focus on diaphragmatic breathing and mindfulness.

For Spring 2021, this group will be conducted via videoconference. Students will need to attend an Information Session prior to joining the group.

 

Building Your Mental Health Pandemic Toolkit
Wednesdays, 5:10-6:30 pm
Co-led by Becca Kim Ph.D. & Margaret Hilton, B.A.

Are you struggling to adjust to the “new normal” of COVID-19? Feeling overwhelmed by the changes to your academic experiences and social interactions? Missing the way things used to be or feeling anxious about how to safely engage in college life? The Counseling Center is offering a new group called Building Your Mental Health Pandemic Toolbox. This group aims to provide students with coping strategies and distress tolerance skills as they navigate college during a pandemic. Group topics may include: creating healthy work-life boundaries when you are working from “home;” how to maintain a healthy, safe social life; the importance of self-care; and using mindfulness and gratitude in the face of pandemic uncertainty. This group will be a drop-in group and students will be encouraged to attend the weekly sessions that most appeal to them.

For Spring 2021, this group will be conducted via videoconference. Students will need to attend an Information Session prior to joining the group.

 

Mosaic LGBT+ Support Group
Thursdays, 5:10-6:30 pm
Co-led by Holly Weber, Psy.D. & Candace Koman, M.A.

Just as every individual colored stone becomes part of, and forms, a larger piece of art, the diversity of all individual Catholic U students contribute in a meaningful way to the campus culture of love, respect, and inclusiveness. Mosaic provides an environment where LGBT-identified students and allies can come together to learn about available resources, discuss various topics related to personal wellness, and build a supportive network with other students and members of the Catholic U community. All are welcome!

For Spring 2021, this group will be conducted via videoconference. Students will need to attend an Information Session prior to joining the group.  

 

Color Conscious/Color Competent Group
Thursdays, 5:10-6:30 pm
Co-led by Frances Mallari, M.Phil. & Jesse Greenblatt, M.Psy.


Being a student of color in a predominantly White institution can be a complicated and stressful experience. Discuss the unique challenges of being a student of color at CUA in a warm, supportive environment. The group is also open to White students who want to learn ways to better support their peers of color by listening to their experiences. Engage in open and authentic dialogues to increase your awareness of the impacts that your different identities have on your relationship with others and yourselves.

For Spring 2021, this group will be conducted via videoconference. Students will need to attend an Information Session prior to joining the group.

 

The Social Confidence Workshop: Building Social Confidence while Physically Distancing
Fridays, 1:10-2:30 pm
Co-led by Mark LaSota, Ph.D. & Candace Koman, M.A.

Do you experience nervousness or awkwardness in social situations? Are you bothered by meeting new people or speaking in front of others? How has this been impacted by the recent pandemic? The Social Confidence Workshop has been developed to assist students with social difficulties learn to cope with anxious thoughts and feelings and become more comfortable in social situations. Students can learn and practice specific social skills in a small and supportive workshop setting, all while building the social confidence that will enhance their college experience!

For Spring 2021, this group will be conducted via videoconference. Students will need to attend an Information Session prior to joining the group.