Group counseling is a great way to address a variety of concerns, and a highly effective form of treatment for college students. Groups are led by 1 or 2 counselors and typically include 3 to 8 students. Each group centers on a specific theme and meets weekly for the majority of the semester or for a shorter period of time (e.g., 5 weeks). Group therapy is particularly helpful to:

  • Increase positive emotions
  • Improve emotion coping skills
  • Build relationship skills
  • Develop understanding of oneself and one’s strengths and challenges
  • Offer support to others
  • Decrease loneliness

Groups are confidential. As a group member, you are in control of what, when, and how much you share. During Fall Semester 2019, the following groups are offered. If you are a student interest in joining a group, call the Counseling Center at 401 254 3124 or visit the Center in the CSD Building near Cedar Hall.

Anxiety and Depression Support

The group focuses on the interpersonal relationships among students who are experiencing anxiety and/or depressive symptoms. Thursdays, 11:00 -- 11:50am; Facilitators: Sima Menora, M.A. and Tinatin Surguladze, Ph.D.

Coping Skills

These groups are designed for students who would like to learn how to cope effectively with painful or strong feelings such as anxiety, depression, or irritability. Over the course of these 5-week groups, participants will learn and practice skills related to mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation. While there will be room to talk about one's personal life and concerns, the group is set up to function like a small class with group leaders teaching skills and participants sharing what it's like to practice them.

Coping Skills 2: Tuesdays, 10:00 – 10:50am; Facilitators: Adetutu Ajibose, M.A. and Christopher Bailey, Ph.D.
Coping Skills 3: Tuesdays, 2:00 – 2:50pm; Facilitator: Maureen Minarik, Ph.D.
Coping Skills 4: Wednesdays,11:00 – 11:50am; Facilitators: Debbie Knapman, LICSW and Emily Wilcox, Psy.D.

Coping Skills 5: Thursdays, 1:00 -- 1:50pm; Facilitators: Maureen Minarik, Ph.D. and Emily Wilcox, Psy.D.


Happiness Habits
Happiness is more than “feeling good” and we all have the potential to be happy in our own way.  This group will focus on practical strategies and skills that will help you increase your well-being in your daily life. Wednesdays, 1:00 – 2:00pm; Facilitators: Michelle Codner, M.A. and Maureen Minarik, Ph.D.


Healthy Relationships Support
This group is designed for survivors of toxic dating relationships. The purpose of the group is to provide a safe and supportive space for survivors to work together to improve their understanding and coping with their experiences. Thursdays, 11:00 -- 11:50am; Facilitator: Debbie Knapman, LICSW.


Trauma Information
The group is designed for survivors of interpersonal trauma. The purpose of this group is to connect survivors with each other in a confidential, supportive space to learn about the social, emotional, and physical impact of violence. Each week, we will cover a topic or theme relevant to trauma survivorship, such as trust, boundaries, safety, and self-care. Fridays, 2:00 – 3:00pm; Facilitators: Kaitlyn Cournoyer, M.A. and Debbie Knapman, LICSW.


Quiet Mind Body Stretch

This weekly drop-in activity incorporates breathing exercises, light yoga poses and meditation to help you cope with stress. This is drop-in so no registration required.   Fridays, 12:10 – 1:00pm; Facilitator: Debbie Knapman, LICSW.