Group Therapy

Talley Center COVID-19 Response for Group Therapy:

Last Updated 3/20/20 at 3:10 pm.

Most Talley Center groups are temporarily canceled.

Any further updates to Talley Center group operations will be posted to our website.

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

Adjustment Group

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. For more information about this group, please contact Chris Nichols at or Dr. Tevya Zukor at

Adulting Group

This group offers students a practical approach to navigating adulthood and the responsibilities that come with it. College students are often ‘stuck’ in a space between complete independence and being dependent on caregivers. This group allows for the development of practical skills that work to make this transition a little easier. Weekly topics vary but will include: budgeting, navigating financial aid, practical life skills, and healthy relationship boundaries and conflict management. For more information about this group, please contact Melanie Wert at

Expressive Arts Group 

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. For more information about this group, please contact Eve Kagan at 

EmBODY Support Group

This is a psycho-educational/support group focused primarily on clients’ relationship with food and their bodies.  Clients will gain a deeper understanding of how emotions are tied to disordered eating patterns, why certain food behaviors are disordered, how to honor their bodies and natural hunger, and create healthier body image. Topics include: diet culture, mindful eating, fad dieting, media and cultural norms, food freedom, body kindness, joyful movement vs. exercise. Clients of all genders, races, sexualities, ethnicities, ages, and ability who DO NOT meet diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder and yet display some patterns of behavior that may fall into “disordered eating” and are seeking to have a more positive relationship with food and their bodies are invited to participate. Please note: Clients with a current diagnosis of an eating disorder or are in active recovery from an eating disorder are likely inappropriate for this group. For more information on this group, please contact Claire Capozzi at

Grief Support Group: Meaning-Making through Loss

This group offers support for students navigating the death of a significant loved one. The group provides an opportunity for students to understand and process grief in a safe and compassionate environment. Group members will engage in psychoeducation on grief/loss, reflection, sharing, and expressive activities to cope with the reality of loss, manage and express emotions, and reshape the meaning of loss in life. The group fosters connection and community to promote healing and hope. For more information about this group, please contact Eve Kagan at

LGBQT+ Group

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. For more information about this group, please contact Melissa Palguta at

Making Changes: Drug and Alcohol Use Group

This group provides students with relevant information about substance use to help them make positive decisions regarding their own use.  The group provides psycho-education on a variety of topics, including addiction, triggers to substance use, and healthy coping skills.  The group also incorporates characteristics of a traditional therapy group so members can offer support to one another and gain insight into their own issues.  While this group does not require or expect abstinence from substances, it encourages members to consider making changes with their use.  Remaining open to other group members’ opinions and the information provided is a significant component of the group.  Please note: Students who meet criteria for a severe substance use disorder are likely inappropriate for this group.  For more information about this group, please contact Julia Faett at

Sexual Assault Survivor’s Group

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 Melissa Palguta at or Eve Kagan at

Understanding Self and Others Group

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. For more information about this group, please contact Dr. Tevya Zukor at


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.

Learn more about Group counseling here.