Group Therapy

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

To join or inquire about our groups, please call us at (540) 654-1053.


Group Therapy Options

 

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 cnichol4@umw.edu or Dr. Tevya Zukor at tzukor@umw.edu


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 mwert@umw.edu


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 Kylie D. Smith at ksmit0nr@umw.edu or Eve Kagan at ekagan@umw.edu 


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 ccapozzi@umw.edu


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 Kylie D. Smith at ksmit0nr@umw.edu 


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 mpalguta@umw.edu or Eve Kagan at ekagan@umw.edu


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 tzukor@umw.edu


 

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.