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What is Group Counseling??

In addition to individual therapy, CAPS offers group therapy which is sometimes more effective for certain issues. Group sessions are facilitated by one or two therapists and provide an opportunity to meet with other students who share similar challenges.  The encouragement and support offered by others in a group can Groupsinstill a sense of hope, optimism, and belonging. Members feel less isolated and alone and are provided with opportunities to learn that they can help others by sharing their experiences.  In this process, group members learn about interpersonal relationships and acquire social and communication skills.  As with individual therapy, confidentiality is maintained about everything that is discussed in the group and emphasize that all group members do the same.  For those interested in joining a group, please call CAPS at 301-687-4234 or email  We ask that you commit to at least 6 sessions to see how effective it can be for you. Potential group members need to schedule a 30 minute session with the group leader to get more information and answer a few questions to ensure the group is a good fit.  Please express your level of interest in group therapy by answering the questions below.  All groups will meet weekly and last approximately 60 - 90 minutes.  Group size is generally between 6-8 students.  Times and dates for groups will be determined.  Thank you for taking the time to let us know your interest in group therapy.

q Alcohol Users Group - This six session group will help students learn ways to reduce or stop their use of alcohol.  The participants will assess their use, explore their personal history, discuss the effects of alcohol, and develop strategies to change their behavior.  Start date and time to be determined based on number of group members.  

q Coping with Anxiety - This group will help students learn to cope with their feelings of anxiety through the use of relaxation techniques, guided imagery, meditation, and cognitive reframing.  (Robison)

q Dealing with Depression - This group will assist students in identifying depression, its triggers, and methods for dealing with or alleviating depression.  We will look at depression as a normal part of the human experiential process and identify ways individuals can minimize depressive symptoms in their lives.

q Emotional Wellness Group – This group is for anyone who struggles with overwhelming feelings. Group members will increase awareness of their emotional intelligence and learn new ways to cope better with painful events by managing emotions more effectively.   (Simonson)

q Quitting Marijuana Group - This six week group will help the student end their marijuana use.  Participants will assess their use, its impact, and learn behavioral means to stop using. .  Start date and time to be determined based on number of group members.