Group Counseling

Group Counseling

CAPS offers a variety of groups to fit students needs and schedules. Our groups usually consist of 5 to 8 members (students) and are facilitated by two therapists. Groups meet weekly for 90 minute sessions. Groups conducted in the past have included “Men’s Group,” “Relationship Survival Group,” and general therapy groups which address depression, anxiety, and stress management, among other concerns.

Here is a list of our CAPS Counseling Groups for Spring 2019:


Identity Exploration Through Art*
A group of students looking to foster a greater sense of self-awareness by exploring identities of self and others through art activities.

Who: 8-10 students
When/Where: Fridays, 3-4:40 / March 1-April 19, 182 High Street
Contact: Brin Goldman, Doctoral Intern,
*students who are interested must schedule a brief screening

Coping with Loss
This group aims to provide support to individuals who are working through their grief journey. The group provides information to help normalize what they made be experiencing and provides a space for those grieving to support each other.

Contact: Marianne Ciardullo, LPC, NCC if you feel you may benefit from this group.
Where/When: Grant House, Wednesdays 3:00-4:30

Men’s Group
This group is a general interpersonal process group designed for male identified students to gain and give support and to have the courage to ask for help and help other men.  This kind of space is rare in our society as many men have been taught since childhood to present a strong external, seemingly independent front.  Admitting weakness or dependence is a violation of traditional masculine norms, but results in a diminished sense of wholeness and self-acceptance.  The group’s aim is to help each other find the strength to face those problematic gender roles and live healthier, more authentic and fulfilling lives.  The guys talk about a variety of things in group; relationships, authenticity, depression, career hopes and moves from deeper issues to talking about shared interests, and general life events.

Contact: Bryce Crapser, PhD., LPC,
When/Where: Fridays, 12-1:30 pm, Grant House

Scholars Group*
This group aims to offer a safe therapeutic space for students who are recipients of an Opportunity Scholarship or a National Scholarship.

When/Where: Wednesdays, 3-4:30, 182 High Street
Contact:  Acey Neel, LPC,
               Brin Goldman, Doctoral Intern,
*students who are interested must schedule an intake session with CAPS

Adapting to College Group*
A processing and psycho-educational group to explore challenges adjusting to college.  Topics may include: navigating relationships, campus life, living away from home, work and school balance and more.

When/Where: Tuesdays from 3-4:30, running Feb 26th-April 22nd at 182 High Street
Contact: Brin Goldman, Doctoral Intern,
               Brian DaCosta, Graduate Intern,
*students who are interested must schedule a brief screening

Women’s Healing Trauma Group*
A group for female survivors of trauma that focuses on building empowerment through trauma education, skill building and mutual support.

When/Where: Tuesdays, 2:30-4 pm, beginning 2/26 at 291 Prospect St. (Grant House)
Contact: Andrea Pedraza, LCSW,
*students who are interested must schedule a brief screening

For most open groups listed, please call CAPS (465-0181) or email the group leader to schedule an appointment and see if group is a good fit. Once groups are full, they will no longer accept new members so early contact with CAPS is encouraged!

Common Questions about Group Therapy

If you have ever considered participating in group therapy or if group has been recommended to you by your intake counselor or by someone else, you probably have a number of questions. Here are some of the most common:

Just what is group therapy?   In group therapy, 6 to 10 people meet face-to-face with one or more trained group therapists and talk about what is troubling them. Members also give feedback to each other by expressing their own feelings about what someone says or does. This interaction gives group members an opportunity to try out new ways of behaving and to learn more about the way they interact with others. What makes the situation unique is that it is a closed and safe system. The content of the group sessions is confidential; what members talk about or disclose is not discussed outside the group. The first few sessions of a group usually focus on the establishment of trust. During this time, members work to establish a level of trust that allows them to talk personally and honestly. Group trust is achieved when all members make a commitment to the group.

Why does group therapy work? When people come into a group and interact freely with other group members, they usually recreate those difficulties that brought them to group therapy in the first place. Under the skilled direction of a group therapist, the group is able to give support, offer alternatives, or gently confront the person. In this way the difficulty becomes resolved, alternative behaviors are learned, and the person develops new social techniques or ways of relating to people. During group therapy, people begin to see that they are not alone. Many people feel they are unique because of their problems, and it is encouraging to hear that other people have similar difficulties. In the climate of trust provided by the group, people feel free to care about and help each other.

What do I talk about when I am in group therapy? Talk about what brought you to the counseling center in the first place. Tell the group members what is bothering you. If you need support, let the group know. If you think you need confrontation, let them know this also. It is important to tell people what you expect of them. Unexpressed feelings are a major reason why people experience difficulties. Revealing your feelings – self-disclosure – is an important part of group and affects how much you will be helped. The appropriate disclosures will be those that relate directly to your present difficulty. How much you talk about yourself depends upon what you are comfortable with. If you have any questions about what might or might not be helpful, you can always ask the group.