Group Therapy

Counseling Center Groups

Why Group?

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. 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. Please discuss your interest in joining a group at your initial appointment or with your current therapist.

Not sure if group therapy is right for you? Your counselor can discuss with you the ways in which one or more of our groups could be beneficial to you.

Group Confidentiality

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 right to 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 group process. Depending on the group, 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 if you should need to miss a group session.

Fall 2018 Group Offerings

Below is the list of group offerings for the Fall 2018 semester. For more information or to be screened for a group, please call the Counseling Center at 410-516-8278.

Workshops and Outreach Programs are also offered to help students develop skills that boost resilience and improve their ability to manage stress. Workshops differ from Counseling Center groups in that they meet for a limited number of sessions and tend to focus on psychoeducation and skill building content. (Click here for more information about Fall 2018 Workshops.)

Outreach programming can be provided on a range of mental health related topics, and is made available upon request; see here for more information.




For Practical Skills & Academic Support

Substance Change Group

This confidential group is for graduate and undergraduate students who have experienced negative consequences due to alcohol and/or drug use and are considering moderating or eliminating use.  Group participation will provide members with peer support, new 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 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: Barbara Baum, Ph.D.

For Social Support/ Community Building

Women’s Empowerment Group

The Women’s Empowerment Group provides a confidential, safe and supportive space for female-identified, trans*, non-binary, and genderqueer 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 emotional experiences, relationships, boundaries, trust, safety, self-care and spirituality as well as identity-related questions. Members are encouraged to share and participate at their own comfort level.

Contact: Dr. Katherine Jones

Contact: Katherine Jones, Ph.D.

Yoga As Healing Group

Yoga as Healing is an 8-week mind/body structured 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 have different themes, focus on various restorative and therapeutic postures, explore positive affirmations, and will be coupled with guided activities including readings, journaling, and creative exercises. Students will have the opportunity to re-connect with themselves and build community with their peers. Participants are asked to make a commitment to attend all 8 sessions of the group. Regular attendance promotes group cohesiveness and allows all participants to get the maximum benefit from the group. Sessions will be facilitated by a Counseling Center staff member and Nila Berger, E-RYT, a certified trauma-informed yoga instructor. No prior yoga experience necessary.  Mats will be provided. No special attire required; please dress comfortably.

Contact: Dr. Katherine Jones

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

This group is designed to be a safe place for members of the LGBTQ community to share and explore various aspects of identity. Topics discussed include coming out, exploring gender and sexual identity, negotiating social interactions and exploring dating and relationships.

Contact: Rosemary Nicolosi, Psy.D.

Black Student Discussion Group

Open to undergraduate and graduate students who identify as members of the Black diaspora, the purpose of this Discussion Group is to provide a safe and 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 racial trauma and microaggressions, share strategies for self-care and stress relief, and celebrate each other’s successes.

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 Recovery Group

Recovery from an eating disorder creates stress and distress in many areas of life. This recovery-focused group offers a safe place to talk about and seek support/skills in managing the challenges of eating disorder recovery. Given the prevalent myths and misconceptions about the process of recovery from an eating disorder, this group allows for individual to discuss their struggles with peers who can understand and relate.

Contact: Jeanna Stokes, Psy.D

Living With Loss Support Group

Grief can feel overwhelming and lonely, especially in the context of college and campus life. This group is an opportunity to connect with other students experiencing a significant loss. Come learn about grief and share your experience in a safe and supportive environment.

Contact: Dr. Chris Conway

For More Satisfying Relationships

Graduate Student Group(s)

This group provides a space for graduate students to discuss and explore personal concerns and challenges, while developing a better understanding of self and others. Themes might include, but are not limited to: developing more satisfying relationships (romantic, platonic, and familial); difficult family and social histories; coping with the academic demands; and life transitions.

Contact: Shemika Brooks, Psy.D.

Understanding Self and Others Group

By examining the interactions that occur between group members, Undergrad USO Group participants can better understand their relational styles.  Interaction skills that are practiced within the group can lead to satisfying professional, peer, and romantic relationships.
Contact: Dr. Fred Gager

A second USO Group, as described above, is offered to a mixed group population of undergraduate and non-teaching graduate students.

Contact: Dr. Shemika Brooks

Latina Women’s Support Group

This group is designed to provide a safe and supportive environment to explore personal experiences, obtain emotional support, promote self-care, and enhance community building among Latina students. Utilizing culturally appropriate methods and practices of healing, participants will be encouraged to explore topics such as navigating cultural contexts, family relationships, identity, dating, work, stigma, discrimination, and the impact of these issues on their JHU experience.

Contact: Dr. Susi Ferradas