Counseling Service

Group Counseling

Group counseling is a highly effective form of therapeutic treatment. The small and intimate nature of a group (typically no more than eight members) provides a safe and supportive space for students to explore a range of issues as they interact with others. Getting feedback from peers, learning that others are dealing with similar issues, and feeling that you can help someone else are only a few of the benefits of group counseling. Although many new group members express uncertainty about talking about their problems with others, cohesion and comfort among participants increases with each session. Some groups are referred to as “general therapy groups” and address a range of interpersonal issues. Other groups are more focused on specific challenges, such as anxiety, depression, stress, men’s issues, eating disorders, and procrastination.

Unlike individual counseling, there is no limit to the number of group therapy sessions available to students. Getting started with group counseling begins with an initial evaluation, or intake appointment. If the intake counselor recommends a general therapy group or other group, the group co-leaders contact potential participants to explain more about the group.

Intake Appointment

To schedule an intake appointment, call the Counseling Center at (301) 314-7651, or stop by the Counseling Center reception desk on the main floor of Shoemaker Building.

Groups for Summer 2017

  • General Therapy GroupsOpen or Close

    A safe space to solve problems, explore better ways of interacting with others, and try new, more successful interpersonal behaviors.


  • Dissertation Support GroupOpen or Close

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


  • LGBTQIA Support GroupOpen or Close

    A supportive discussion group for students to discuss lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and asexual issues. Individuals representing the diverse gender and sexual orientation continuum are invited to participate in co-creating a brave space to discuss identity, coming out, transitioning, relationships, struggles, and victories; a space to decompress, share what's on your mind, and find support.


  • Hope and HealingOpen or Close

    A supportive and confidential environment for female survivors of sexual assault.


  • My Body My SelfOpen or Close

    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.