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.

  • CAPS is also providing recurring outreach for international students

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.


Connecting During Quarantine, Thursdays at 3pm ET – Support for students managing challenging situations 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 and confidential space. Please contact Jackie Pacella, Psy.D. at jp1921@georgetown.edu

LGBTQIA+ Student Support Group, Time TBD – This is a professionally-run therapy group intended for lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, transgender, queer, questioning and/or 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 LGBTQIA+ students. Please contact Jenny Lloyd, Psy.D. at jl2355@georgetown.edu 

Grief Support Group, Time TBD – 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. Please contact Laura Lokker, PsyD at ljl42@georgetown.edu to schedule a screening

Mosaic Student Support Group, Tuesdays at 4pm ET 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

Anti-Racism & Ally-Building Group, Wednesdays at 1pm ET – This is a support & discussion group for white-identified students 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 

Back on the Hilltop (MLOA Return) Group,
First Monday of the Month, (2/1 3/1, 4/5, 5/3) from 3:15pm-4:15pm ET – 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

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.

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.

Undergraduate USO Group Times
– Thursdays 4-5 pm ET, contact Ms. Anne Kim at ak1922@georgetown.edu

Graduate USO Group Time
– Wednesdays 3-4 pm ET, contact Dr. Mo Basith at mb2514@georgetown.edu
– Thursdays 1-2 pm ET, contact Dr. Shieka Glenn at sg1523@georgetown.edu