Counseling Service

2020 Virtual Group Schedule

Please Note: All Groups Will Be Offered Virtually for the Fall 2020 Semester

The first step to receiving any of the group services listed on this page is to schedule an initial evaluation, or intake appointment, by calling the Counseling Center at (301) 314-7651.

Therapy Groups

General 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.

Graduate Student General Therapy Group - Tuesdays

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

Wednesdays (Men Only)


  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   (Contact Dr. Michelle Farrell at


  • 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.   (Contact Dr. Kseniya Zhuzha at

Graduate Student General Therapy Group - Fridays


Creating Confidence

This 8-week group is for students who struggle with anxiety and fears that keep them stuck, afraid, or unable to fulfill their social or personal potentials. Students will learn new skills to overcome their anxiety and build social confidence.



A Lighter Shade of Blue

This group is for students who struggle with feeling sad and down. Members will learn to better understand and manage their chronic sadness. The group will provide a safe space for members to connect, feel less alone, and support each other.


International Students

International Student Support Group

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


Diversity Issues

Circle of Sisters

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.

Tuesdays (Graduate Students)

  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 pm   (Contact Dr. Kimberly Y. Campbell at

Wednesdays (Undergraduate Students)

LGBTQ+ Support

Individuals representing the diverse gender and sexual orientation continuum are invited to participate in co-creating a space to discuss identity, coming out, transitioning, relationships, struggles, and victories; a space to decompress, share what's on your mind, and find support.


Anti-Racism and Ally Building Group

The Anti-Racism Group is a psychotherapy group for white students aimed at building a more advanced anti-racist identity. The group is best suited for students who are interested in anti-racism, social justice, multiculturalism, etc. and want to do some of the personal and emotional exploration involved in further enhancing their anti-racism stance. A primary goal of the group is to increase members’ capacity to foster an inclusive, caring, and equitable community here at the university and in the larger society.

Day and Time - TBD

Entre Nosotrxs Latinx Support Group

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

Memory Circle

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



Women’s Self-Compassion Group

This is an 8-week, semi-structured group designed to help women be kind and patient with themselves. Guided by the mindful, self-compassion approach, this group utilizes guided meditations, journaling, and various exercises to cultivate a new relationship with oneself based on kindness, respect, and compassion and to explore how these changes affect how one relates to themselves and others.


  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.   (Contact Dr. Tessa Wimberley at

Body Image

My Body My Self

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

Women's Graduate Student Support Group

A support and discussion group for female graduate students. This group is designed to provide students with support around graduate school stressors and with an opportunity to learn new coping strategies for graduate school and life in general including coping strategies around the Covid-19 pandemic. This forum will provide its members a chance to connect with other women graduate students across other disciplines.


  • 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.   (Contact Dr. Pepper Phillips at

Understanding Emotions

Wise Emotions

This a six week semi structured group designed to provide a supportive space for students while teaching students skills to manage emotions that “get the best of them,” and whose emotions interfere with their ability to effectively solve problems and to communicate in relationships that are important to them.