Group Therapy

Talley Center COVID-19 Response for Group Therapy:

In accordance with CDC recommendations for social distancing, all groups will be offered virtually until further notice.

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. 


Adulting 101 Group 

Adulting 101 is a seminar-style group (60 minutes) covering topics relevant to personal and professional growth.  While weekly attendance is not mandatory, students are encouraged to attend as many weeks as possible to increase their knowledge about adulting skills you don’t really learn in the classroom.  The weekly topic will be emailed out to the group roster on Monday mornings, along with the zoom invitation.  For more information about this group, please contact Jared Grigg at

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Group

This group focuses on building Mindfulness (the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment) and Emotion Regulation Skills (how to cope effectively with difficult emotions). DBT skills training enhances the individuals’ coping ability by learning behavioral skills. The DBT group structure will mimic a class in that skills will be taught and assigned for members to practice outside of group in their everyday lives. This group is open to any student who would like to develop or strengthen both mindfulness and emotion regulation skills. For more information about this group, please contact Amira Niori at

Diversity Group

This group focuses on diversity/social justice issues in what is considered 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, students will get to share their struggles adjusting to 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

Grief Group

This group offers a safe and supportive environment where students are free to share about their loss and develop ways of coping with that loss in a way that is comfortable for them.  The group is process-oriented and interactive, which allows students to connect with their peers while processing their feelings of loss in a safe, unique, and creative space.  Students will receive psycho-education and skill-building throughout the group. This group is open to any student who is currently dealing with the death of a friend or loved one. For more information about this group, please contact Amira Niori at

Healthy Sleep Strategies and Mindfulness 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. Sleep and Mindfulness will be a six-week, repeating group session (60 minutes) that meets once a week. The sessions will be evenly divided between sleep strategies and mindfulness/relaxation techniques.  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.

Sessions will feature discrete topics, so regular attendance is not necessary to stay current but encouraged.  The group will have active participation as well as didactic components.  Once the six-week cycle completes it will run again with repeats welcome, space available. 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 the 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 our office know.

Learn more about Group counseling here.