Counseling Center Groups
Counseling groups allow students to address their concerns through engagement with others. Some groups provide opportunities for students to explore personal issues and interpersonal relationships in a setting where honest feedback, reflection, and support from peers can occur; others provide a space for discussion, exploration, and providing support around common experiences; and still others offer skills that can be practiced and applied in lived experience.
Treatment groups are especially effective for those interested in exploring their interpersonal style and enhancing their approach to relationships in such areas as trust, intimacy, anger, conflict, assertiveness, taking risks, and improving self-esteem. Drop-in groups offer places to connect and to learn without as much of a commitment to developing cohesiveness with specific individuals. Please discuss your interest in joining a group at your initial appointment or with your current therapist.
Not sure if group counseling is right for you? Your therapist can discuss with you the ways in which one or more of our groups could be beneficial to you.
One of the most important aspects of participating in a group is the trust and safety that is built between members. While group therapists have an ethical and legal obligation to uphold client confidentiality, group members must be prepared to make a commitment to respect the rights to privacy and/or confidentiality of other members in the group. As in any relationship, the development of trust, cohesion, and a sense of safety allows people to talk personally and honestly, and are essential to the process, no matter which group(s) you are attending. Depending on the groups, some other commitments might include agreeing to come for a minimum number of sessions, making an effort to attend every group meeting, and informing group facilitators and/or other members if you should need to miss a group session.
Current Listing of Treatment Groups
Below is the list of confidential counseling groups that are being offered with a closed roster for the Spring 2021 semester (i.e. therapist[s] as identified treatment provider[s]; group screening for fit required; some level of commitment expected).
These groups are open to KSAS, WSE, and Peabody students who are located in Maryland (or other locations where the facilitator[s] are licensed or permitted to practice). For more information or to schedule a group screening appointment, please call the Counseling Center at 410-516-8278.
View listing of drop-in groups (i.e., non-treatment; no roster, less commitment).
Working on a dissertation can sometimes feel lonely, overwhelming, and can seem never-ending. Join other advanced graduate students to share suggestions, encouragement, and support. Topics discussed include motivation, time and workload management, self-doubt, perfectionism, dealing with faculty, and balancing dissertation with other things in your life.
Contact: Dr. Rosemary Nicolosi
This group provides a space for graduate students to discuss and explore interpersonal concerns and challenges, while developing a better Understanding of Self and Others (USO). Themes might include, but are not limited to: observing and processing ways of managing conflict; developing more satisfying relationships (romantic, social, and familial); difficult family and social histories; coping with academic demands; and life transitions. Similar to Graduate Student USO Group, but with different name, day, and time.
Contact(s): Dr. Shemika Brooks & William Nation, M.A.
This group provides a space for graduate students to discuss and explore interpersonal concerns and challenges, while developing a better. Understanding of Self and Others (USO). Themes might include, but are not limited to: observing and processing ways of managing conflict; developing more satisfying relationships (romantic, social, and familial); difficult family and social histories; coping with academic demands; and life transitions. Similar to Graduate Student Therapy Group, but with different name, day, and time.
Contact(s): Dr. Shemika Brooks & Ali Lane, M.A.
Men’s group will provide opportunities for men to hear and share stories from other men facing similar concerns and challenges without competition or shame. In particular, this group will help men develop a better Understanding of Self & Others (USO). Topics may include academic, career and transition stress, relationships, interpersonal skills, identities, masculinity, racial and/or pandemic stress. Come join us. Let’s share, explore, learn and grow together!
Contact: Dr. JM Hou
This USO group is for undergraduate students who want to gain a greater understanding of their relational styles. By examining interactions that occur within the group, participants develop skills that can lead to satisfying professional, peer and romantic relationships.
Contact: Dr. Fred Gager
This group provides a space for undergraduate and non-teaching graduate students to discuss and explore interpersonal concerns and challenges, while developing a better Understanding of Self and Others (USO). Themes might include, but are not limited to: observing and processing ways of managing conflict; developing more satisfying relationships (romantic, social, and familial); difficult family and social histories; coping with academic demands; and life transitions.
Contact(s): Dr. Shemika Brooks & Nyasha Chikowore, M.S.
Recovering from eating and body image issues can be a long, challenging, and isolating process. Learn emotion-focused and communication skills by supporting and connecting with other recovering individuals, exploring the emotions and relational functions of your symptoms, and developing strategies to continue moving towards your recovery.
Contact(s): Dr. Tristan Barsky & Nyasha Chikowore, M.S.
This support group is designed for students at Johns Hopkins University who self-identify anywhere on the spectrum of womanhood, and who would like to share coping strategies, develop a sense of empowerment, and build community around issues that affect their daily functioning. Potential topics for discussion include women’s health, body image, sexuality, sexism and discrimination, relationships and intimacy, career trajectory, self-care, communication, academic pressure, and financial wellness. This group would be a good fit for those who self-select in – including trans, gender-fluid, and non-binary individuals – who are looking for a place to connect to others with similar experiences.
Contact(s): Ali Lane, M.A. & Tram Huynh, LMHC
This is a 6-week mind/body group for survivors of any type of trauma. Students of all genders are welcome. This group offers survivors a safe space to gain greater awareness around strength, stability, assertiveness, and mindfulness. Sessions will focus on different themes, various restorative and therapeutic postures, explore positive affirmations, and will be coupled with guided activities including readings, journaling, and creative exercises. No prior yoga experience necessary. Mats will be provided. Please dress comfortably.
Contact(s): Karen Taylor, LCSW-C & Nila Berger, E-RYT200
Current Listing of Drop-In Groups
Below is the list of drop-in groups for the Fall 2020 semester (i.e., non- treatment; no roster, less commitment). You do not have to be a client of the Counseling Center in order to participate in these groups.
These groups are open to the JHU student community as described. For more information, please call the Counseling Center at 410-516-8278.
View listing of confidential treatment groups (i.e., therapist[s] as identified treatment provider[s]; group screening for fit required; some level of commitment expected).
Wednesdays 5:30-7pm, monthly on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (February 10th, March 10th, April 14th, May 12th)
This is a drop-in discussion series for Asians and Asian Americans of all ethnic backgrounds to explore the impact of their culture, heritage and identity on mental health and wellness. Co-sponsored by the JHU Counseling Center, UHS, Shepard Pratt and the University of Maryland Medical Center. Email Dr. Crystal Han or Dr. Susan Han
Mondays 2:00 – 3:00pm ET.
A drop in group open to undergrad and graduate students within the Peabody Institute who identify as members of the Black diaspora. With no strict commitment required to attend sessions, this group provides an affirming place for students to help each other navigate the academic and social challenges of being a Black student at JHU. This group is a great place to get and give support around issues like imposter syndrome, racial trauma and microaggressions, share strategies for stress relief, and celebrate each other’s successes.
Contact(s): Dr. RaiNesha L. Miller & Nyasha Chikowore, M.S.
Critical Coping Group
In the midst of mass traumas and loss, high anxiety, and increasing uncertainty about what our lives will look like, the greater the variety of skills and tools we can access, the more we are equipped to face the challenges here and ahead. This drop-in group will provide education and practice in a different skill each week, all drawn from key components of trauma symptom management. Participate in all eight sessions of the rotating and repeating curriculum, come when you can, or pick and choose what sessions would be most helpful to you. Weekly topics include: grounding, window of tolerance/dialing down, RAIN (mindfulness practice for managing thoughts), containment, calm place imagery, four elements of stress reduction, and self-care/loving kindness.
Mondays 5:30–6:00pm. Register for each group using your JHU email here.
Contact: Karen Taylor, LCSW-C.
Every other Thursday 3:30 – 4:45pm ET.
This is a drop in group held biweekly, open to all JHU students holding any BIPOC or marginalized racial/ethnic identity(ies). It is offered as a space to discuss navigating racialized identities, including racial trauma, as experienced at JHU and/or in the world.
Contact(s): Dr. Shemika Brooks & Dr. RaiNesha L. Miller
Tuesdays 3:30pm – 4:45pm
The Isolation Support Group is a Zoom discussion group for undergraduate and graduate students who are seeking support and connection due to social isolation caused by Covid-19. Register here
Contact: Dr. Fred Gager
Thursdays 5:00 – 5:50pm ET
This group offers insights and techniques for starting, building, and maintaining healthy relationships during the pandemic. Potential topics include attachment style, the science of love, healthy communication skills, and how to understand our own desires in relation to others. This group would be a good fit for people who struggle to find or maintain meaningful relationships, or have barriers to engaging in the kind of relationships they want to have.
Contact(s): William Nation, M.A. & Alexandra Lane, M.A.
Tuesdays 3:00 – 4:00pm ET
Supporting loved ones who are struggling with eating and/or body image issues can be a uniquely challenging experience. These open group discussions will allow you to give and receive support around the challenges of supporting your loved one, while developing new approaches to providing them with more helpful support and communication.
To register please email Dr. Tristan Barsky.
Contact: Dr. Tristan Barsky