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.
Listing of Treatment Groups
Below is the list of confidential counseling groups that are typically offered with a closed roster (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
The Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Integrative Group Treatment Protocol for Ongoing Traumatic Stress – Remote is a trauma processing group that allows for individualized and confidential processing of traumatic experiences within the supportive container of the group setting (i.e., you’re never going to be asked to tell your story to the other group members). These groups are available to clients of the Counseling Center after a group screening session to determine suitability and right of fit – some contraindications apply. Two sections available.
If you are curious about EMDR therapy, you can find more information here and/or discuss it with your CC counselor.
Contact: Karen Taylor, LCSW-C
These groups provide 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.
1 – Contacts: Dr. Shemika Brooks & Rohit Agrawal, M.A.
2 – Contacts: Dr. Shemika Brooks & Jennifer Oh, MSW, M.A.
The Healthy Relationships group is designed for students who may be struggling with either a specific interpersonal relationship or has a history of interpersonal distress, including familial, romantic, or collegial. This sequential, 5-session therapy group is designed from a family systems perspective and will first ask students to complete a genogram to build insight on relational influences and patterns. Additionally, students will be exposed to Gottman strategies for relational and communication skill-building and will culminate with a completion and discussion of an ACT matrix for students to engage in intentional planning towards achieving value-aligned relationships.
Contacts: Avery Morrison, M.A. & Jennifer Oh, M.A.
Two times will be offered for the LGBTQ+ Support Group this semester – one group for undergraduate students and one group for graduate students. These groups focus on providing intentional space and safety for LGBTQ+ students to explore and discuss their needs, joy, and concerns related to this particular area of identity that they hold. The groups can be a support for JHU students when navigating identity, experiences, complexities, and mental health challenges. Themes may include: gender presentation, gender expression, sexuality exploration, identity development, interpersonal relationships, trauma and other experiences of violence, building community, and navigating safety.
Contact: Dr. DeVonna Jacobs
This support/discussion group is designed for graduate and undergraduate students who have been diagnosed and treated for Major Depressive Disorder or Bipolar Disorder. Questions addressed by the group include: How does my diagnosis impact how I feel about myself? How might mood disorder impact my future? How do I talk about my mental health concerns to others? How can I reach a greater level of self- acceptance? How can I manage my illness so that my life is satisfying? Am I different from others?
Contact: Dr. Fred Gager
A supportive and healing space for Black women (open to undergraduate students in their third year and beyond, as well as to all graduate students) to build community as they freely explore and discuss challenges related to identity, academic life, current events, relationships, and mental health. Email Dr. Miller at email@example.com to schedule a screening appointment if you would like to join this group.
Contacts: Dr. RaiNesha L. Miller & Fatuma Dzilala, M.A.
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.
Contacts: Dr. Shemika Brooks & Fatuma Dzilala, M.A.
These USO groups are for undergraduate students who want to gain a greater understanding of their relational styles and to explore interpersonal concerns and challenges. By examining interactions that occur within the group, participants develop skills that can lead to satisfying relationships with self as well as with others – including professional, peer, and romantic relationships.
1 – Contact: Dr. Fred Gager
2 – Contacts: Dr. Shemika Brooks & Avery Morrison, M.A.
Yoga as Healing is a six-week mind/body group for survivors of any type of trauma, self-defined. 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. Students of all genders are welcome. No prior yoga experience necessary, workbooks will be provided. A group screening appointment must be scheduled in order to determine suitability and right of fit for the group. The Spring 2022 Group will take place on Zoom on Fridays from 9:15-10:45am EST. Please call 410-516-8278 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a screening appointment if you would like to join the Yoga as Healing group.
Contacts: Karen Taylor, LCSW-C & Nila Berger, E-RYT200
Listing of Drop-In Groups
Below is the list of drop-in groups that have been offered in the past (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 JHU student and learners 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 September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8
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. Contact Dr. Crystal Han at email@example.com for more information.
Contacts: Dr. Crystal Han & Dr. Susan Han
Mondays 5:30 – 5:55pm
Emotional Adulting is a brief, drop-in skills group designed to help you work with your emotions from a space of compassion, awareness, non-judgment, and curiosity. The skills taught in this group, which are generally drawn from mindfulness and trauma symptom management practices, are beneficial for our general well-being as well for helping to manage distress related to depression, anxiety, trauma, and other experiences. Each week will focus on a different practice and the curriculum will repeat. Come to all eight sessions, come to one, or pick and choose depending on your interest and schedule. Topics include Grounding, the Window of Tolerance, Containment, and Calm Place Imagery.
Contacts: Karen Taylor, LCSW-C & Rohit Agrawal, M.A.