Group Therapy/Workshops

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 ee270@georgetown.edu.

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.

We offer several groups at CAPS that fall under the following categories:

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 pwm9@georgetown.edu or call 202-687-6985.

Bereavement Group: This is a group for students who have experienced the loss of a family member, love one, or acquaintance, recently or unresolved from the past. It is designed to provide a confidential and supportive place to express and analyze feelings around coping with major losses and to provide support for adapting to new ways for rebuilding a life after a major loss. Please contact Susan Gordon, Ph.D. at gordonsw@georgetown.edu to schedule a screening.

Cura Womxn: This is a supportive therapy group designed for Georgetown students who are womxn of color and have experienced sexual assault at some point in their lives. The use of ‘womxn,’ as opposed to ‘women,’ speaks directly to the experiences of both women and femmes. The purpose of the group is to provide members with support, connection, validation, coping skills, and education. This group is free of charge, open to undergraduate and graduate students, and will be held in the CAPS Group Room. Please contact Pooja Datta, Ph.D. at pd658@georgetown.edu to schedule a brief screening.

Empowerment Group: This is a supportive therapy group designed for Georgetown students who have experienced sexual assault at some point in their lives. The purpose of the group is to provide members with support, connection, validation, coping skills, and education. This group is free of charge, open to undergraduate and graduate students, and will be held in the CAPS Group Room. Please contact Jenny Lloyd, Psy.D. at jl2355@georgetown.edu to schedule a brief screening.

Skills for Eating Disorder Recovery Group: 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. This group is free of charge and will be held weekly in the CAPS Group Room. Please contact Lara Edelstein, LGSW at 202-687-049 or le227@georgetown.edu for a brief screening appointment.

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 open to both undergraduate and graduate students. This group is free of charge and will be held weekly in CAPS Group Room. Please contact Engin Ontiveros, Ph.D. at ee270@georgetown.edu to schedule a screening.

Interpersonal Mindfulness Group: 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. Please contact John Loughlin-Presnal, Ph.D. at John.LoughlinPresnal@georgetown.edu to schedule a brief
screening.

Mindfulness Meditation Workshop: 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. We will meet Mondays at 2 p.m. at the John Main Meditation Center (Anne Marie Becraft Hall) on Georgetown’s main campus starting September 16th. Each session will run for about 45 minutes. This is a drop-in group, you can attend one or all sessions without signing up beforehand. For any questions, please contact Pooja Datta, Ph.D. at pd658@georgetown.edu

Anxiety Toolbox (Tuesdays, 3-4 p.m. starting on 9/10): Anxiety Toolbox is a drop-in workshop that focuses on helping you understand anxiety symptoms and build skills to manage these symptoms. The topics for the month of September include: (1) understanding your anxiety, (2) unhelpful thinking styles, and (3) recognizing anxiety triggers. Location: CAPS, no screening required.

Depression Toolbox (Wednesdays, 11-12 p.m.. starting on 9/11): Depression Toolbox is a drop-in workshop that focuses on helping you understand depressive symptoms and build skills to manage these symptoms. The topics for the month of September include: (1) understanding your depression, (2) unhelpful thinking styles, and (3) managing my mood. Location: CAPS, no screening required.

Stress Management Toolbox (Fridays, 2-3 p.m. starting on 9/13): Stress Management Toolbox is a drop-in workshop that focuses on helping you understand stress reactions and build skills to manage these symptoms. The topics for the month of September include: (1) perfectionism, (2) sleep and mindfulness, and (3) self-care. Location: CAPS, no screening required.