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.

To find out more about group therapy, please contact CAPS at 202-687-6985.

Group offerings change each semester and some may not be available as they become full. Below is a list of groups that are offered at CAPS during Spring 2022.

Alcohol Explorations Group for Graduate Students (Including Law and Med School Students)
Thursdays 3-3:50pm
Thinking about your drinking? Join us! CAPS is offering a support group for graduate students (including Law & Med school students) who are wondering whether their drinking is potentially harmful and may be affecting their lives in ways they are concerned about—personally and professionally. We will create a safe space for students to share experiences and collectively examine our beliefs about alcohol in our lives and explore what it might mean to think about change. This group is a fit for graduate students who wish to talk about the pros and cons, deepen their understanding of their drinking and its potential impact, connect with others feeling likewise, and contemplate possible avenues for change. To sign up for this group, please use the following link:

Coping with Loss
This is a group for students who have experienced the loss of a family member, loved one, or acquaintance, recently or unresolved from the past. It is designed to provide a confidential and supportive place to express and process feelings around coping with major losses and to provide support for adapting to new ways to build meaning after loss.

Fostering Self-Compassion
Wednesdays 10:30-11:20am
This group is open to graduate and undergraduate students curious about self-compassion. The group will introduce reflective and mindfulness-based practices to foster an environment of self-compassion within one’s self. This is intended to be a collaborative space where members have opportunities to learn and share with each other as they work to incorporate a practice of self-compassion into their routine. To sign up for this group, please use the following link:

Interpersonal Mindfulness
This therapy group is designed for both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in using mindfulness to increase self-acceptance and relate more comfortably to others. Sample topics include working with social anxiety, self-critical thoughts, mindful communication, and present-centered awareness. Prior experience with mindfulness or meditation is welcome, but not a requirement for participation in this group. 

LGBTQ+ Support Group
The LGBTQ+ Group is a drop-in space for LGBTQ+ students to find support and connection. There is no session commitment required, as students can come to whichever group meetings they wish to attend. Topics typically discussed include identity exploration, coming out, dating, social groups, and family relationships. 

Mindful Mood Management (beginning April 4, 2022)
Mondays 2-2:50pm
Just in time for finals week, this 3-session clinic offers skills to handle stress, navigate difficult emotions, and cultivate self-reflection. Members engage in guided, experiential exercises each week, with an emphasis on mindfulness and distress tolerance. Prior experience with mindfulness or meditation is welcome, but not a requirement for participation in this group. Interested participants may sign for 1, 2, or all 3 sessions via the following link:

Thursdays 3-3:50pm
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. To sign up for this group, please use the following link:

Support Space for International Students
Tuesdays 2-2:50pm
This virtual group is a safe and supportive environment for graduate and undergraduate international students. Here, students have an opportunity to explore and process their unique experiences of being an international student in the U.S. Students may examine patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that are undermining their ability to enjoy their interpersonal lives and to achieve their goals. Through the group process, students may discover aspects of self, change interpersonal patterns, try new behaviors, and learn new ways of navigating challenges. To sign up for this group, please use the following link:

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.