Most groups closed 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.

Fall 2021 


 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. Students need to attend an Information Session prior to joining psychoeducation groups. All psychoeducation groups will be conducted via videoconference.


Stress Management 101
Mondays, 5:10-6:30 PM
Co-led by Lizzy Mass, L.I.C.S.W. and Nicole Woodard, 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.


Building Your College Coping Toolkit
Wednesdays, 5:10-6:30 PM
Co-led by Becca Kim, Ph.D. and Julianna Dubendorff, M.Psy.

Adjusting to college life can be difficult, especially when you are balancing academics, social life, work, and self-care! This new group aims to help students develop skills and tools to cope with the transition to college/dorm life; learn healthy boundaries for work/life balance; establish healthy relationships with peers, family, and social media; create healthy routines; and practice self-care. Skills covered may include grounding techniques, mindfulness, gratitude, and self-compassion. Students are encouraged to attend any or all of the three modules that best suit their needs.

Thursdays, 5:10-6:30 PM
Co-led by Holly Weber, Psy.D. and David Pennington, 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 and straight students 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!

 Therapy Groups

Due to state licensure requirements, students will need to be located in Washington D.C., Maryland, or Virginia. Students need to complete an Intake and Pre-Screen prior to joining therapy groups. All therapy groups will be conducted via videoconference.

Understanding Self and Others
Tuesdays, 5:10-6:30 PM
Co-led by Rekha Varghese, Psy.D. and Stephanie Benson, 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.

Grief and Loss Support Group
Wednesdays, 5:10-6:30 PM
Co-led by Frances Mallari, M.Phil. and Phoebe McCutchan, M.A., M.P.H.

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. The 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. This 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.

Confident Cardinals
Fridays, 3:10-4:30 PM
Co-led by Mark LaSota, Ph.D. and Mengqi Li, M.A.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Do you experience nervousness or awkwardness in social situations? Are you bothered by meeting new people or speaking in front of others? The Confident Cardinals group is based on scientific research and 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 group setting, all while building the social confidence that will enhance their college experience!


Empowerment Group
Fridays, 3:10-4:30 PM
Co-led by Karen Miller, L.I.C.S.W. and 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.