Group Therapy

About Group Therapy

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.

Therapy groups are aimed at bringing about change in participants through an examination of thoughts and behaviors. Support groups are generally focused on a particular issue, with an emphasis on coping.

During the virtual learning environment, support groups are drop-in and are available to all students located in the United States. Participation in the interpersonal process and therapy groups may be restricted based on your state’s licensure laws. If interested in the process groups, please inquire about joining the group and a CAPS staff member will look into eligibility.

We offer a variety of groups each semester. All groups are free of charge. For general questions about group therapy, please contact Engin Ontiveros, Ph.D. at ee270@georgetown.edu.

Support groups are generally focused on a particular issue, with an emphasis on coping. Support groups are available to all students located in the United States during the Virtual Learning Environment.

Back on the Hilltop (MLOA Return) Group This drop-in group will offer the opportunity to reflect with other students returning from medical leave about adjusting back to school. Please contact Anne Kim, LCSW at ak1922@georgetown.edu

Connecting During Quarantine Support space to reflect on issues related to family, academics, romance, jobs, etc. in the time of COVID-19. Physical distancing does not mean we have to socially isolate. This group emphasizes embracing connection in a caring space. Please contact Engin Ontiveros, Ph.D. at ee270@georgetown.edu

International Student Support Group Connect and learn how to flourish during your time at Georgetown! Discuss cultural, career, educational, relational and financial concerns unique to international students and identify available resources to help you. Please contact Engin Ontiveros, Ph.D. at ee270@georgetown.edu

LGBTQIA+ Student Support Group This group is intended for lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, transgender, queer, questioning and/or non-binary undergraduate and graduate students and allies. It is designed to provide a space to reflect on various issues such as coming out, relationships, family, academic, and community/university concerns unique to LGBTQIA+ students. Please contact Jenny Lloyd, Psy.D. at jl2355@georgetown.edu 

Mosaic Student Support Group A support & discussion group  meant to be an affinity space for Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) -identifying students to come together to: learn new skills, receive support, & share information & resources. Mosaic provides a space for participants to discuss issues unique to their experience at a predominantly white institution (PWI) such as: academic stress, relationships, race/ethnicity related stress, cultural values & navigating cultural expectations, values exploration, family dynamics, identity development, building resilience, self-care & community care, among other topics. Come together at Mosaic to find strength through solidarity and connection. Please contact Jo Ellyn Walker, Ph.D. at jw1821@georgetown.edu

Therapy groups are aimed at bringing about change in participants through an examination of thoughts and behaviors. Participation in the interpersonal process and therapy groups may be restricted based on your state’s licensure laws. If interested, please inquire about joining the group and a CAPS staff member will look into eligibility.

Alcohol and 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. Please contact Phil Meilman, Ph.D. at pwm9@georgetown.edu 

Facing Whiteness: Anti-Racism & Ally-Building Group This is a therapy group for white students and students interested in exploring white identity aimed at building a more advanced anti-racist identity. The group is best suited for students who are interested in anti-racism, social justice, multiculturalism, etc. and want to do some of the personal and emotional exploration involved in further enhancing their anti-racism stance. A primary goal of the group is to increase members’ capacity to foster an inclusive, caring, and equitable community here at the university and in the larger society. Please contact Lauren DePompeo, Psy.D. at lrd52@georgetown.edu 

Skills For Eating Disorder Recovery Stuck in the rigid patterns of an eating disorder? The Skills for Eating Disorder Recovery group will provide students with skills for flexible thinking and moving eating habits in a positive direction. Please contact Lara Edelstein, LICSW at le227@georgetown.edu   

Understanding Self & 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. Please contact Engin Ontiveros, Ph.D. at ee270@georgetown.edu