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 cconway9@jhu.edu.

For Practical Skills & Academic Support

Anxiety & Stress Management Workshop

This is a five week psychoeducational and skills based workshop that teaches members about the nature of anxiety and the different ways in which it affects us. Group members will learn coping skills to reduce anxiety, decrease stress levels and improve overall emotional well-being.

Social Anxiety Group

This is a collaborative group aimed at teaching participants the skills necessary to more effectively manage social situations. Participants will learn about the development and maintenance of social anxiety and how to conquer it by confronting feared social situations. The majority of this group will focus on participants helping each other face their fears in a supportive environment.

Contact: Justin Massey, Psy.D. or Michael Lent, M.A

Koru: Mindfulness & Meditation Workshop

A koru, the spiral shape of an unfurling fern frond, symbolizes new life, growth, strength and peace. This symbol helps to convey the possibilities that unfold through the practice of mindfulness and meditation. This workshop is a 4 week series of 75-minute sessions which offers the type of growth symbolized by the koru. This course offers approaches and skills to help you find more satisfaction in your daily life. Pre-registration is required and students need to be able to attend all 4 sessions.

Drop-in Mindfulness & Meditation Group

Take a break in your week to practice mindfulness and meditation with other students who are using this practice to reduce their stress and be more present in their daily lives. Students who have some experience with mindfulness meditation practice are welcome. No signup is necessary, just visit the Counseling Center on scheduled drop-in dates: Mondays March 6–May 1 from 4–5 p.m.

Substance Use Harm Reduction Group

This confidential group is designed for undergraduates and graduates who have experienced negative consequences with substance use and want to reduce the likelihood of future harm. Potential group members may also be questioning whether or not substance use is a problem, or are considering changing their relationship with alcohol or other drugs. The goal of this group is for members to gain insight into their relationship with substances and to make decisions about substance use 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, safe and supportive space for female-identified survivors of unwanted sexual experiences that occurred during their teenage or adult years. Group members will have 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. Members can expect to achieve an increased understanding of common reactions to trauma, develop skills for improved coping and work through common challenges in the healing process. Weekly topics are chosen by group members and may include relationships, boundaries, trust, safety, self-care and spirituality as well as identity-related questions.

Contact: Katherine Jones, Ph.D. or Soyeong Kim, MVS

Male Survivors Group

This discussion and support group is for male-identified students who have had unwanted sexual experiences. The goal for this group is to help participants better understand past, present and future implications of these experiences. Issues of masculinity, coping, and sexuality will be discussed and addressed.

Contact: Fred Gager, Psy.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.

International Students Support Group

Living in the United States can be exciting but also challenging. Come share your experiences with other international students who are experiencing similar issues and learn effective coping strategies. Topics discussed include adjustment to American culture, language, communication, discrimination, making friends, academic stress and family expectations.

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

Eating Disorder Treatment Group

The transitions and stresses within academia inevitably 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: Justin Massey, Psy.D. or Eleanor Benner, M.A.

Body Image Group

Body dissatisfaction affects students of all shapes and sizes. Negative perceptions and beliefs about one’s body can impact self-esteem, relationships, academic performance, and quality of life. This group is designed to provide a safe setting for examining the origins of body image struggles and learning new skills to aid in developing a more positive body image. Group topics are both educational and process-oriented in nature. Members are invited to share and provide support and feedback.

Contact: Jeanna Stokes, Psy.D or Thea Bardin, M.A.

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: Susi Ferradas, Ph.D.

For More Satisfying Relationships

Graduate Student Therapy Group

Being a graduate student can be stressful, therefore, we provide time each week for members to discuss concerns or challenges they may be struggling with. This might include (but is not limited to) themes such as developing more satisfying relationships (romantic, friendships, or familial), coping with the demands of academic life and adjusting to life transitions.

Contact: Reisha Moxley, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Student Therapy Group

College can be an overwhelming experience. This group provides a place for undergraduate students to freely discuss their concerns and challenges. Topics may include unsatisfactory relationships, isolation, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and academic pressures.

Contact: Fred Gager, Psy.D.