All groups are meeting via telehealth. Groups typically have 6-10 members that meet with one or two trained counselor(s), usually once a week for 90 minutes. Group members talk about a variety of issues including exploring relationships and enhancing coping skills. Group leaders create a brave space for students to share information about themselves, gain insight into their own thoughts and behaviors, and provide feedback and support to others. To participate in a group, students need to meet with the co-facilitators for a screening to learn more about the group and determine together if the group is an appropriate treatment option.
Connection Through Circles
We offer a variety of groups including topic specific groups, support groups and process groups. Learn more about each of the groups in the descriptions below. If you are interested in participating in a group, click on the "Group Interest Form" icon under "Group Forms". If you are interested in multiple groups, choose the group you are most interested in to explore first. Once you submit the form, the group facilitators will be in touch with you via the CAPS student portal to help you get started.
Feeling stressed? Love art? Combine creativity with mental wellness strategies to level up your semester through The Art of Coping Group at CAPS! Over the course of 6-weeks, you will get to use art projects as an outlet for learning and developing coping skills. You’ll learn how to manage stress, connect with other like-minded students, and discover new ways to take care of yourself.
This group is a process group focused on providing a safe space for individuals to process emotions often associated with the loss of a loved one, family member, or friend. The group also focuses on encouraging self-compassion for individuals struggling with the non-linear nature of the grieving process.
A supportive space for graduate students struggling with the process of writing a dissertation. Group topics include issues of competence, procrastination, anxiety, goal-setting, and bureaucratic struggles.
This semi-structured process group is designed for those who struggle with feeling worthy, accepting themselves, and understanding what it means to care for themselves. Topics that will be explored include self-esteem, self-compassion, shame/vulnerability and authenticity. Members will be asked to participate in structured exercises such as journaling and mindfulness.
Do you struggle with indecisiveness? Maybe it’s hard to tell others what you want because you fear they will get mad? Do you people-please and give in to others’ demands to keep the peace in a relationship? Perhaps your struggles are more about understanding who you are and why you make the decisions you do? In this identity development group, we will explore each of these topics, and a wealth of others to help you learn more about your value system, making decisions with intention, establishing and maintaining boundaries, and accepting who you truly are. Participants will be expected to read assigned chapters between meetings (provided by the facilitators) in order to process and share reactions to the topic of the week. The most important and long-standing relationship you will have in this world is with yourself. Gift yourself the opportunity to Find the Real You!
The intent of this group is to provide support for first-gen students of color navigating a predominantly white institution (PWI). In this group, students will focus on how their individual talents and strengths can improve their college experience. Topics of discussion include resilience, overcoming imposter syndrome, self-care, social support, transferrable skills, and other social identities.
This process group will focus on self-awareness and attention to one's interpersonal style but is open to students with a large array of presenting concerns, including relationship difficulties, social anxiety, and school-related stressors. While the specific focus of each session will be determined by group members' needs, some of the issues addressed may include relationships, communication styles, boundaries, self-awareness, academic stressors, as well as other general challenges of graduate school and interpersonal process.
This group aims to assist students with overcoming challenges related to young adulthood. Transitions, such as moving away from home or graduation, looking for jobs and internships, adjusting to new life circumstances, navigating academics, relationships, and extracurricular activities all can create stress and undermine one’s sense of capability to manage life. Topics for exploration may include identity and development, imposter syndrome, overcoming self-doubt, identifying values and goals, relationships and independence. Through open group discussions and guided activities, we hope to provide you with support and opportunities to explore and learn from the particular challenges of “adulting” you may be facing at this time in your life.
The purpose of this group is to increase knowledge of U.S. cultures and practice English-speaking skills, as well as develop skills to cope with adjustment, stress, loneliness, relationships and other challenges that international students might face.
This process group provides an affirming space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students to explore issues of concern. Topics often discussed include identity development, coming out to family and friends, relationships and dating, gender transitioning, social stigma, religion, and queer life in College Station. A screening appointment is required to participate in this group.
Is anxiety and stress adversely affecting areas of your life such as your academic performance and social interactions? If so, join us for a weekly group designed to help you increase awareness of your personal reactions to stressors, learn anxiety management techniques, practice breathing and relaxation exercises, and gain support from others. A screening appointment is required to participate in this group.
This group provides a safe and brave space for male students of color (e.g., Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian American, Native American, etc.) to explore and process presenting concerns related to race/culture/ethnicity, relationships, academics, anxiety, depression, trauma, etc.
The self-care group is focused on helping clients identify ways to increase practical self-care practices, identify psychological barriers to self-care, and by the end of the group determine which self-care practices are most helpful to individual clients. The group includes evidenced-based mindfulness based practical techniques, review of health boundaries as self-care techniques and mood management/anxiety management techniques.
We invite you to explore the essence of your life stories – the stories you tell about yourself and the stories that have remained untold, through writing activities, guided meditations, and open discussions aimed at fostering self-reflection, healing and growth. Through group process and in-depth self-reflection, we hope that participants will gain a better understanding of themselves and their experiences. The group will utilize both guided activities and open discussions.
We know college can be filled with non-stop stress, especially in the midst of a pandemic. This group is designed to help students learn ways to use their stress as a motivator before it becomes anxiety. Learn tools for moving forward with your goals, learn good self-care habits, and learn from each other. We all have knowledge and experiences to build on and to share with other. Together we can do this.
In this group, through interactions with other group members, you will better understand yourself and your relationship patterns, and develop ways of changing these patterns to improve your relationships. You will have opportunities to observe your own and others’ emotions, behaviors, and reactions as they occur.
This group provides a safe and supportive environment for female students from U.S. ethnic groups (e.g., Latina/Hispanic, Asian American, African American, Native American, etc.) and other countries to explore issues of concern. Presenting concerns vary, but may include issues related to race/ethnicity/culture, family of origin, relationships, trauma, and academics. This group also helps members consider the impact of race/ethnicity/culture on developmental, identity (e.g., sexual orientation, gender, religion, class, citizenship status, etc.), and transnational (e.g., migration, documentation, acculturation) concerns.