Group Therapy

Group Confidentiality

One of the most important aspects of group therapy is the trust that is built between members. Each member must be prepared to make a commitment of confidentiality and respect for each of their fellow members. Depending on the group, some other commitments might include agreeing to come for a minimum number of sessions, coming to every group meeting or informing group facilitators should you have to miss a group. As in any relationship, the development of trust, cohesion, and a sense of safety allows people to talk personally and honestly.

Group Therapy Offerings

Below is the list of group therapy offerings for spring 2017. To register or for additional information, please contact the Counseling Center at 410-516-8278. You may ask to speak with the staff member listed as the contact person for the group that you are interested in learning more about.

Counseling Center staff members may also be available for single session programs on topics such as dealing with depression, stress management, grief and loss, or other issues that you may have interest in. For more information about outreach programming please contact Chris Conway at 410-516-8278 or

For Practical Skills & Academic Support

Substance Change Group

This confidential group is for undergraduate and graduate students who have experienced negative consequences due to alcohol and/or drug use and are working towards reducing future harm by moderating or eliminating use. The group will help members gain insight into their relationship with substances and gain perspectives and skills that support change.

Contact: Fred Gager, Psy.D.

Dissertation Group

Working on a dissertation can sometimes feel lonely, overwhelming, and can seem never-ending. Join with 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. Meets Tuesdays from 10–11:30 a.m.

Contact: Barbara Baum, Ph.D.

For Social Support/ Community Building

Women’s Empowerment Group

This group provides a confidential, supportive and safe space for survivors of unwanted sexual experiences that occurred during their teenage or adult years. This group offers members the opportunity to discuss the impact of these experiences, connect with others, and receive support in regaining a greater sense of control and empowerment in their lives.

Contact: Katherine Jones, Ph.D.

Men’s Group

A group focused on Understanding Self & Others (USO) specifically for men at JHU. In particular, this group will provide opportunities for men to hear and share stories from other men facing similar concerns and challenges without competition or shame. Topics may include academic, career and transition stress, relationships, interpersonal skills, identities, masculinity, and more. Come join us. Let’s share, explore, learn and grow together!

Contact: Jian-Ming (JM) Hou, Ph.D.

LGBTQ Student Support Group

Are you a member of the LGBTQ community? Are you questioning whether you might be? Join this confidential, weekly support group to share with people like you – in a safe space. Topics will be at your discretion but might include coming out to family and friends, exploring your sexual and gender identity with mindfulness about one’s intersectionality and negotiating challenging social interactions. Group members can expect to share their emotions and explore the world of dating and relationship building. Come gain and give support, knowledge, and experience.

Contact: Rosemary Nicolosi, Psy.D.

Students of Color Discussion Group

The focus of the Students of Color (SOC) Support Group is to provide a safe and supportive place to assist students of color in navigating the academic and social pressures involved with being a student of color at a predominantly White institution. If you’d like a place to meet other students of color, talk about your experiences, and find encouragement to reach your goals, this group is a great place for you to get and give support. Discussion topics can include loneliness, racism and discrimination, family, peer, and academic relationship struggles, academic issues, sadness, anxiety, low self-esteem, low motivation, health problems, and other concerns.

Contact: Leslie Leathers, Ph.D.

Asian & Asian American Student Group

This group is for students of Asian heritage who wish to come together to discuss shared experiences and challenges as Asian/Asian American students at JHU. If you are a child of immigrant parents, are from a bi-racial background (with only one Asian parent), identify strongly or not so strongly as an Asian/Asian American, or if you are an Asian international student, this group is for you. Discussion topics may include: your experience at JHU; academic, occupational and transition stress; self-esteem; cultural identities; value/worldview conflicts; relationships; parental expectations; family issues; navigating in-betweenness; and more. Come join us and find support!

Contact: Jian-Ming (JM) Hou, Ph.D.

Eating Disorder Support Group

The transitions and stresses within academia inevitability challenge one’s resolve to maintain recovery from an eating disorder – whether anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder. This group will provide a refresher in relapse prevention skills as well as a safe environment in which to seek out a sense of community and support in maintaining your recovery.

Contact: Jeanna Stokes, Psy.D

Living With Loss Support Group

Dealing with the loss of a loved one can lead to complicated emotions. It can be beneficial to share these feelings with others who are also experiencing grief. The focus of this group is to provide a safe space for students to share their feelings regarding their loss. Group topics will also include the grief process, fears related to loss, and coping strategies.

Contact: TBA

For More Satisfying Relationships

Graduate Student Group

Being a graduate student can be stressful. This group provides a space for members to discuss concerns or challenges that they may be struggling with while developing a better understanding of themselves and others. This might include, but is not limited to, themes such as developing more satisfying relationships (romantic, platonic, and familial), coping with the demands of academic life, and adjusting to life transitions.

Contact: Shemika Brooks, Psy.D.

Undergraduate USO Group

The USO Group is designed to help participants find out more about themselves and what they would like to change in their personal lives for more satisfying relationships with others. Topics may include relationships, isolation, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and academic pressures.

Contact: Fred Gager, Psy.D. or Shemika Brooks, Psy.D.