Group Therapy


Our groups are open to full-time enrolled UMW students.

Learn more about Group counseling here.

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Fall 2017 Groups: 

Adjustment to College:

Day/Time: Wednesdays at 3 to 4.30 pm

Attending college is one of the first major life transitions for many young adults. As exciting as this new chapter is, some students might find it challenging to navigate through this transition. This group is for UMW students who may need that additional assistance in navigating through their college experience. The group is open to students regardless of whether they are in their first or fourth year at UMW.

Understanding Self and Others:

Group 1: TBD

Group 2: TBD

Our Understanding Self and Others groups are intended for full-time UMW students who wish to have a space to talk about any issues that are on their minds. Often these concerns are related to personal or family stress that has been placed upon the student. Understanding Self and Others groups allow people to grow, learn about their interpersonal style, and try new skills in a safe space before taking them into our everyday world.


Day/Time: TBD

This is a group for members of the UMW sexual minority community, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender or who are questioning their sexual orientation.  This group is designed to allow individuals to learn more about themselves and their interactions with others. In group, members will have the opportunity to share common struggles, gain support, and give and receive feedback in a safe environment. Issues covered in this group can span a range of topics. If interested, contact Dr. Melissa Palguta or another counselor at (540) 654-1053 for more information or to join the group.

Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation Group:

Day/Time: TBD

This 6 to 8 session group is designed to introduce students to the practices and principles of mindfulness and meditation. Mindfulness is about paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and without judgment. It is about learning how to live in the present moment without becoming lost in the memories of the past or preoccupied by concerns or projections of the future. The group is designed to educate students on how to understand and manage the psychological stressors of one’s life through a mindfulness lens. The sessions will incorporate several mindful exercises hoping to invoke insight and awareness as well as meditation practices, such as: Deep breathing, sitting meditation, the body scan, guided imagery and mindful walking and eating.

Veterans Support Group:

Day/Time: TBD

This group is open to all UMW student Veterans, Active duty, separated and retired members of the Armed forces. This group’s focus is to assist student veterans with re-acclimating and reintegrating back into the civilian world. Members will have a safe space to discuss their challenges and process their concerns. If you are interested in the group, please contact Catherine Smith on 540-654-1053 for additional information or to join the group.

Sexual Assault Survivor’s Group:

Day/Time: TBD

This weekly support group is for UMW students who have experienced sexual assault/abuse and are ready to explore their personal healing process, find hope and empower themselves through support and collaboration. Group members have a chance to learn new coping skills, connect with other survivors and share their survivor experience(s) within this safe space, but group members are not required or compelled to share before they are ready. For more information about this group, please contact the Talley Center staff at 540-654-1053.

Life/Social Skills Group:

Day/Time: TBD

This group focuses on the ABCs of social skills for UMW students who experience difficulties with expressive communication and social interaction. This group focuses on improving communication, learning more effective ways of handling peer pressure, dealing with conflict, learning better problem-solving and decision-making skills, exploring issues related to self-image, helping connect with peers and learning more effective ways of handling stress in college and social situations. For more information about this group, please contact the Talley Center staff at 540-654-1053.

Positive Psychology Group:

Day/Time: TBD

This 8 session group is designed as a seminar based process group to introduce students to the tenets of Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology has three central concerns: positive emotion, positive individual traits, and positive institutions. The group is designed to help students become better acquainted with their own strengths and how to use them, as well as how to challenge more negative thinking and to engage with the world from a more optimistic perspective. The sessions will be primarily discussion based, as well as incorporate several in and out-of-session activities. For more information about this group, please contact Dr. Erin Higgenbotham or the Talley Center staff at 540-654-1053.

Expressive Art Therapy Group:

Day/Time: TBD

This group offers students a hands-on approach to learn about, identify, and explore emotional responses, process life challenges, and engage in healing practices through art. Various methods and mediums will be utilized to express what is sometimes difficult to put into words. No artistic talent required. Please contact Kylie Smith or the Talley Center staff at 540-654-1053.

To join or inquire about one of our groups, please call us at (540) 654-1053 and ask to speak with one of our counselors.

The counseling center is also committed to offering theme-specific groups based on identified student needs. We value our students’ opinions and encourage you to let us know what kind of groups you would like offered through or in collaboration with the counseling center. If there is a specific group that you would like to see offered at the counseling center, please do not hesitate to let one of our staff know.