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 4 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., 4 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. For Spring 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.

Coping Skills

This group is designed for students who would like to learn how to cope effectively with painful or strong feelings such as anxiety, depression and irritability. Over the course of this 4-week group, 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.

Group 1: Mondays, 10:00 – 10:50am; Facilitator: Maureen Minarik, Ph.D.
Group 2: Mondays, 10:00 – 10:50am; Facilitator: Tinatin Surguladze, Ph.D.
Group 3: Wednesdays, 2:00 – 2:50pm; Facilitator: Christopher Bailey, Ph.D.

Group 4: Wednesdays, 3:00 -- 3:50pm; Facilitator: James Blue, Psy.D.
Group 5: Thursdays, 11:00 – 11:50am; Facilitator: Kate Stewart, Ph.D.

Grief Support
This weekly group assists members in coping with the loss of a loved one. The focus is on understanding the uniqueness of group members’ situations and on creating opportunities for healing and growth. Facilitator: Manjunath Burdekar, Psy.D. Date and Time TBD. Please contact the Counseling Center for more information.


Happiness Habits
Happiness is more than “feeling good” and we all have the potential to be happy in our own way.  This ongoing 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: Sima Menora, 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. Date and time to be determined. Facilitator: Debbie Knapman, LICSW


“Inform and Empower” for Survivors of Interpersonal Trauma
The group is designed for survivors of interpersonal trauma who are relatively new to group psychotherapy. The purpose of this group is to connect survivors 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. Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm; Facilitators: Alyssa Freedman, 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