Group Therapy

Talley Center COVID-19 Response for Group Therapy:

Last Updated 8/20/20 at 11:30 am

In accordance with CDC recommendations for social distancing, all groups will be offered virtually for Fall 2020.

Please contact our office at (540) 654-1053 with any questions. For the latest updates on the University’s Return to Campus Plan, please visit:


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 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 Dr. Tevya Zukor at

Diversity Group

This group focuses on diversity/ social justice issues in what is consider the minority communities with a focus on normalizing counseling services in the community with the hope of eradicating the stigma towards mental health resources in these communities. This group will focus on connecting students of diverse groups with others to create connections during their time of adjustment and new challenges in their college journey. Through a psychoeducational model student will get to share their struggles adjusting to the college life, dealing with the stigma of belonging to a minority group or/ and having an emotional struggle. In this group we will discuss each other experiences, use real world stories and create an environment of acceptance and support through an open discussion format in which students will have the opportunity to choose or bring topics related to the group to discuss in the session.   For more information about this group, please contact Paola Garcia at

Healthy Sleep Strategies Group

Sleep is important for our mental, physical, and emotional health! When the digital world and college experience collide, sleep can often be sacrificed in service of classes, social media, and jobs. This group is designed to explore how unhealthy sleep habits are formed, the effects they have on our daily lives, and what strategies we can use to refocus our sleep efforts. Each week, group members will be presented with education about sleep that is paired with activities and tools to help them re-establish healthy sleep patterns while still meeting their academic, professional, and social goals. This ongoing group will have a set curriculum that will repeat once it is completed to allow mastery of sleep hygiene skills. For more information about this group, please contact Jared Grigg at

LGBQT+ Group

This is a group for members of the UMW sexual minority community, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, transgender and/or who are questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity.  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

Self- Esteem Group

This group provides students with an outlet to discuss their feelings, experiences and emotions in relation to their view of themselves. Providing them with support and ideas to help understand and   balance their self-esteem through acceptance; and empathy towards themselves and others. In-group members will have the opportunity to share their struggles about their experiences and how these have influenced their perceptions of themselves. The group format will be based on a traditional group model which allows students to give and receive feedback and support from each other in a safe environment.  For more information about this group, please contact Paola Garcia 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

Social Anxiety Group

This weekly group is for UMW students who struggle with social interactions, whether it be feeling anxious in social situations, overthinking what they say in social settings, or avoiding social situations due to fear.  This group will provide students with a safe space to meet others, practice social skills, and develop assertiveness.  Group members will learn about social anxiety and how their negative thoughts and fear of embarrassing themselves can hinder social interactions.  For more information about this group, please contact Julia Faett 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.