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Group Counseling

Fall 2022 Group Schedule

Please Note: Groups Will Be Offered in Person and Virtually

Therapy Groups

A safe space to understand and express emotions, explore better ways of interacting with others, and find increased authenticity in relationships in and out of the therapy room. 

Undergraduate Student General Therapy Group – Tuesdays

  • 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (contact Dr. CJ Polihronakis, Ph.D. (he/him) at

Undergraduate General Therapy Group – Fridays

  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (contact Dr. Pepper Phillips (she/her) at

Graduate Student General Therapy Group – Mondays

  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (contact Dr. Erica Merson (she/her) at

Graduate Student General Therapy Group – Tuesdays 

  • 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (contact Dr. Allison Asarch (she/her) at

Graduate Student General Therapy Group – Fridays

  • 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (contact Dr. Pepper Phillips (she/her) at


International Students

International students are invited to participate in a weekly support group where they can talk about mental health, social challenges, adjusting to the U.S. and the University, academic stress, and personal problems.  This also is a great place to practice speaking English and share information.

Diversity Issues

This group is open to undergrad and graduate APIDA diaspora of diverse identities to share their challenges and successes when navigating academic/career concerns, family/cultural value conflicts, relationships, identities, acculturation process, sociopolitical climates and beyond. This group aims to create a safe space for APIDA students to cultivate radical healing, hope, mental wellness and empowerment through storytelling and support.

A support & discussion group that addresses such topics as personal concerns, interpersonal & dating relationships, sexuality, and being a Black woman on a predominantly White campus.

This group is open to undergraduate and graduate students of Color who represent the sexual orientation and gender continuum. Members of the group are invited to participate in co-creating a space to discuss identity, coming out, transitioning, relationships, struggles, victories, and more - a space to decompress, share what's on your mind, and find support.

The LGBTQIA+ Support Group provides a co-created space for non-heterosexual (e.g., bi, asexual, queer, lesbian, gay) and gender expansive (e.g., transgender, genderqueer, agender, gender non-conforming) undergraduate and graduate students to engage in discussions around their identities, coming out and/or transitioning experiences, relationships, families, as well as struggles and victories. This group aims to provide a space for LGBTQIA+ students to decompress, share what's happening in their lives, and find support.

This group is meant to be a safe space for Latinx students to share their stories, struggles, and successes as they work to accomplish their academic goals at UMD. Students may discuss experiences related to their identity, cultural values, academics/career, family, and relationships, among other topics. Students will learn about themselves, gain support, and work on improving their self-care and life balance.

Grief and Loss

This group offers emotional support and information about the process of grief and helps students develop adaptive coping strategies for managing loss.

Body Image

Explores women’s struggles with body image and self-worth and the ways that dieting, obsessing about thinness, binge-eating, over-exercising, and purging may affect their lives.

Graduate Student Support

Members will receive support from the facilitator and each other in getting through the struggles involved in completing their dissertation or thesis.

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