Group Therapy/Workshops


SPRING 2018 Workshops

Mindfulness Workshop

Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of the present moment, not the past or future. Whether you've never meditated or have been practicing for years, this experiential group will use repeated practice to cultivate a greater capacity to focus mindfully on the present. Mindfulness-based techniques, such as meditation, are an important component of stress management, allowing you to live your life with less turmoil and greater tranquility.

This is a drop-in group, meaning that you can attend one or all sessions without signing up beforehand. We will meet Thursdays at 4 p.m. at the John Main Meditation Center (Anne Marie Becraft Hall) on Georgetown's main campus starting January 25th.  Each session will run for about 45 minutes. 

For more information, please contact Engin Ontiveros, Ph.D. at

Anxiety Toolbox Workshop

Anxiety Toolbox is a 3-part series that focuses on helping you understand anxiety symptoms and build skills to manage these symptoms. The three sessions are divided into content that builds upon itself. The sessions include modules dedicated to: (1) understanding anxiety, (2) introducing a method for slowing down and disentangling the experience of anxiety, and (3) developing alternative responses to anxiety. By the end of the workshop, you will have your own individualized plan for managing anxiety.

The first workshop series will be held on three consecutive Tuesdays (February 6, 13, and 20) from 1:00-1:50pm in Reiss Science Building.  The workshop will run again in March and April (day and time TBD).

Please contact CAPS at 202-687-6985 to enroll in the workshop.

About Group Therapy

We offer a variety of confidential support groups each semester in which students receive tremendous understanding, support and encouragement from peers facing similar issues. Students also gain different perspectives, ideas and viewpoints. Most students, while somewhat apprehensive at first, report that the group therapy experience was helpful far beyond their expectations.

All CAPS groups are free of charge. If you are interested in any groups, please contact the CAPS staff member listed in the group description to learn more. For general questions about CAPS group therapy, please contact Engin Ontiveros, Ph.D. at

Group therapy provides a powerful venue for growth and change. It has been used effectively by mental health professionals for over 50 years. The intent is to help people who would like to gain support, increase self-awareness and learn new ways to cope with personal or interpersonal challenges. It is one of the most effective tools for addressing issues common among college students.

SPRING 2018 Groups

Alcohol & Other Drugs Explorations Group

This is a group designed for Georgetown students who are reassessing their use of alcohol or other substances. There is no requirement of abstinence. The only requirement is a willingness to examine what is happening around one's use of substances. This is a confidential counseling group, not an AA group or a 12-step group. Students are welcome to refer themselves, and faculty and staff may also make referrals. Students may join at any point in the semester. A brief screening and orientation meeting will be needed beforehand to ensure that students are matched appropriately to the group. This group is free of charge and is held in the CAPS office. Please contact Phil Meilman, Ph.D. at or call 202-687-6985.


Struggling with eating concerns, such as compulsive overeating and exercising, restrictive eating, purging, and obsessive thinking about food and dieting? This support group will provide students with ideas, motivation, and support for moving eating habits and body image in a positive direction. This group is free of charge and will be held weekly in Darnall Hall Conference Room.  Please contact Lara Edelstein, LGSW at 202-687-7049 or for a brief screening appointment. 

LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy Group

This is a professionally-run therapy group intended for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and/or gender non-binary undergraduate and graduate students. It is designed to provide a confidential and safe place for looking in depth at individual concerns about coming out, relationships, family, academic, and community/university concerns unique to LGBTQI students. Group objectives include: gaining understanding and insight into one’s own interpersonal dynamics, improving one’s self-esteem and sense of self-worth, sharing and reviewing life experiences, exploring new ways of interacting, understanding and expanding relational skills, and exploring mental health concerns (e.g., depressive and anxious symptoms). This group is free of charge, open to undergraduate and graduate students, and will be held in the Darnall Conference Room. Please contact Matthew Worhach, Ph.D. at at any point in the Spring 2018 semester to schedule a screening. 

Understanding Self and Others

This insight-oriented group provides a safe environment for exploring yourself and interpersonal style in areas such as trust, intimacy, anger, assertiveness, taking risks, and dealing with authority. This semester-long group is coed and open to both undergraduate and graduate students. This group is free of charge and will be held weekly in Darnall Hall Conference Room. Please contact Engin Ontiveros, Ph.D. at to schedule a screening by January 25th, 2018.