Therapy Options

Group Therapy

Group therapy is often the best way to work on problems, especially when the problems deal with issues about your relationships. Being a member of a group allows you to interact with peers who are not part of your everyday life. These interactions, along with those of the therapist, can give you useful feedback that you may not get from friends or family. Group is also a safe environment where you can safely try out different ways of interacting with others, such as initiating conversations or improving your listening skills.

The specific groups available each semester vary in theme and time commitment, but in recent semesters we have offered groups for students struggling with anxiety (including social anxiety), depression, emotional regulation, eating issues, grief and loss, sexual identity, and general interpersonal issues for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Spring 2024 Group Offerings

The first step in joining a group is to schedule a phone screening at 848-932-7884 to discuss what group may be right for you.

 

BLACK AFFINITY WEDNESDAY

Wednesday 1:30- 2:55 pm (In person, CAC), Starting January 24, 2024

The Black Affinity Group will allow Black Students with a safe and authentic space to express themselves, and to be in community with other Black Students on the Rutgers Campus. It is designed to be a space of encouragement, building positive self-esteem and seeing the strengths in our struggles on campus and beyond. To get connected please call 848-932-7884.

 

CONNECTING AROUND CHRONIC MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Friday 11:00am-12:30pm (In person)

Tuesday 1:00-2:30pm (Virtual)

This group will support students living with a wide variety of chronic medical (physical) conditions. Each week the group will include education, practical tools for coping and managing life with an illness, opportunities for open discussion, sharing and processing experiences, and offering and receiving support. Participants will help and learn from each other on their journey toward a meaningful and connected life, with or without symptoms of chronic conditions. To get connected please call Student Health Services at 848-932-7402 or CAPS at 848-932-7884.

 

COPE NOW

Tuesday 3:30pm-4:00pm (In person, CAC)  Starting March 26, 2024 and April 2, 9 & 16, 2024

This is a workshop that meets weekly for 4 sessions. The goal is to give/build on practical skills to help manage distress. To get connected please call 848-932-7884.

COPING WITH SOCIAL ANXIETY

Monday 1:00-3:30pm (In person, CAC)  Starting January 29, 2024 (CLOSED)

Tuesday 6:30-7:30pm In person, CAC) Starting January 30, 2024

Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm In person, CAC) Starting March 19, 2024

Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm (In person, CAC)  Starting February 28, 2024

Social anxiety is very common – probably more than you think. The good news is that you can overcome it! In this group you’ll learn what causes social anxiety and develop proven skills to change it. Students learn from and support each other in a non-judgmental and positive environment. To get connected please call 848-932-7884.

 

CULTIVATING CALM

Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm (In Person CAC) starting January 30, 2024

Tuesday 6:30-7:30pm (In Person CAC) starting Marc 19,, 2024

Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm (In Person CAC) starting January 24, 2024

Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm (In Person CAC) starting February 7, 2024

Cultivating Calm Workshop is a 4-session workshop which provides psychoeducation about anxiety and reviews a variety of evidence-based interventions to help students manage anxiety (e.g., relaxation, cognitive, behavioral, mindfulness based, and acceptance-based techniques, among others). Each workshop session lasts approximately 60-75 minutes. Workshops run on a rolling basis throughout the semester. It is recommended that students begin attending at session 1 and continue through the 4 sessions, although students may also benefit from entering at session 2 and continuing through the 4 sessions. To get connected please call 848-932-7884.

 

DBT SKILLS

Monday: 1:30-3:00pm In Person, Starting February 5, 2024

Friday 1:30-3:00pm In Person, Starting February 9, 2024 (CLOSED)

Tuesday 11:00-12:25pm In Person (Next STEP)

Wednesday 2:00-3:25pm In Person (Next STEP)

Friday 11:00-12:25pm Virtual (Next STEP)

A skills-based group that equips students with tools needed in everyday life. The four main modules are taught: Core Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. To get connected please call 848-932-7884.

 

EARLY RECOVERY GROUP (ERG)

Friday 5:30-6:30pm (In person CAC)

The Early Recovery Group is designed to support students who are considering life beyond substance-use or have embraced abstinence-based recovery.  Members of the Early Recovery Group learn to identify then replace ineffective coping methods and negative thought patterns with healthier alternatives that support recovery on a college campus. To that end students will have an opportunity to receive feedback from their peers about academics, social life, family issues and other subjects with the ultimate goal of enhancing their lives and recovery in a supportive therapeutic environment. To get connected please call 848-932-7884.

 

FAMILYLGBTQ+

Tuesday 3:30-5:00pm (Virtual), Starting January 23, 2024

FamilyLGBTQ+ is a group for students who identify within the LGBTQ+ community and would like support navigating family concerns of acceptance and rejection in relation to sexuality and/or gender identity. The group will provide a safe space to discuss these concerns, brainstorm ways to manage family difficulties, and tools to cope if it is not safe to come out to family at this time. To get connected please call 848-932-7884.

 

FIRST SPACE

Thursday 2:00pm-3:30pm (In person CAC) - Starting February 8, 2024

Navigating college as a first-generation student presents unique challenges and opportunities. Many of our students are trailblazers in their families, balancing academic responsibilities with the pressures of family expectations, cultural adjustments, and financial considerations. This group aims to provide a safe and understanding space to share experiences, gain insights, and develop coping strategies to navigate their college journey successfully. To get connected please call 848-932-7884.

 

GENDER IDENTITY GROUP

Wednesday 2:00-3:25pm (Virtual) – Starting February 7, 2024

The Gender Identity Support Group is specifically for students who identify as trans or questioning and includes being transgender, genderqueer, gender expansive, gender fluid, nonbinary, agender, etc. Our goal is to provide a safer space to discuss various challenges related to coming out as trans, how relationships with friends, family and others may be affected, managing emotional and physical changes related to transitioning, dealing with bias and discrimination, navigating name and gender pronoun changes, sexuality concerns, and anything else that may be impacting the wellbeing and functioning of our trans students. To get connected please call 848-932-7884.

 

GETTING UNSTUCK

Thursday 2:30 – 3:45pm – February 22, 2024, February 29, 2024 and March 7, 20204

Getting Unstuck focuses on helping you understand depressive symptoms and build skills to manage these symptoms. The sessions include modules dedicated to: (1) understanding depression, (2) exploring how thoughts and behaviors impact depression, and (3) addressing how you can begin to make changes to thoughts and behaviors in order to better manage depression.  By the end of the workshop, you will have your own individualized plan for getting unstuck!  ** Used with Permission from Cal Poly Counseling Services

 

GRADUATE GROUP

Friday, 1:00-2:30pm (In Person, CAC) TBD

We find many times graduate students have issues related to making friends, sustaining relationships, self-esteem, and anxiety and the like, but do not have the proper forum of people their age or at their level to give them support. The present graduate group aims to provide a safe space and supportive setting for members. its goal is to help participants gain a better understanding of themselves and their relationship with others, particularly in the context of the gradate school experience. Students will have the opportunity to explore and share issues, concerns, and feelings they may have, Topics may include among others: social adjustment and loneliness, romantic relationships, handling conflicts with peers and professors, feelings of inadequacy, assertiveness, stress management and balancing family life and academics. To get connected please call 848-932-7884.

 

GRIEF & LOSS

Not available Spring 2024 semester

This is a support group for students who are struggling with grief and bereavement related to the loss of a loved one. Regardless of where students are at in the grieving process, the group can help with increasing awareness of how grief impacts functioning in all areas of life. The goal of the group is to help the students reflect on how grieving is an individual process and a natural part of life through radical acceptance, group support, and adaptive coping mechanisms. To get connected please call 848-932-7884.

 

HOPE AT HOME

Tuesday:  2:00pm-3:00pm April 2, 9 & 16 (In person, CAC)

Are you affected by someone else’s substance use? Is it a parent, a sibling, a partner, a friend or a roommate?  Caring for someone with an alcohol or drug problem can create serious challenges in our lives. This three session workshop will offer insight, guidance, and support in addressing these challenges in a safe place. To get connected please call 848-932-7884.

 

INTERPERSONAL PROCESS GROUP UNDERGRAD

Friday 2:00-3:30pm (In Person, CAC) – January 26, 2024

Wednesday 1:00-2:30pm (In Person, CAC)

Interpersonal process groups aim to support students with any social or interpersonal concern (e.g., challenges making or keeping friends, difficulty trusting others and being vulnerable, family conflict). These groups involve reflecting on communication and relationship patterns, providing and receiving feedback, and practicing different ways of relating in the group space. These groups require a group screening and consistent attendance is encouraged. To get connected please call 848-932-7884.

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WELLNESS

Fridays, 1:00-2:30pm (Virtual) Starting February 2. 2024

Are you an international student? Many international students face unique challenges due to cross‐cultural adjustment. Some experience homesickness, loneliness, language barriers, discrimination, and different levels of acculturative stress socially and academically. CAPS’ International Student Wellness Group is here to support you by providing a safe and confidential virtual space to discuss various concerns and to help you connect with each other. To get connected please call 848-932-7884.

 

ONE POSITIVE CHANGE

Thursday 4:00-5:15pm (Virtual) Starting January 25, 2024

One Positive Change is a group designed to help students reduce and minimize the risk associated with their substance use. We at ADAP recognize that making positive change with respect to one’s substance use is rarely a straightforward process; change often happens in starts and stops. So in the One Positive Change group we would like to honor students’ work and commitment to change and provide a space where students can process and practice new approaches to regaining or possibly forming a healthy relationship with substances. To get connected please call 848-932-7884.

 

OVERCOMING PROCRASTINATION

Tuesday (In-Person, CAC) 3:00pm–4:30pm. February 5, March 5 and April 2, 2024 – Three sessions only

This workshop is open to students expecting to struggle with procrastination and avoidance during the end-of-semester crunch time. This program offers a behavioral activation model to help students identify typical avoidance patterns and learn strategies they can immediately use. To get connected please call 848-932-7884.

 

RELATIONSHIP SKILLS

Wednesday, 1:15-2:45pm – (In person, CAC) - Starting February 21, 2024 (CLOSED)

 Psycho-education and support group generally, but not exclusively, targeted for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Group will provide instruction, guidance and practice in developing, maintaining and understanding relationships: friendships, roommates, romantic/dating, academic and work. To get connected please call 848-932-7884.

 

TRAUMA RECOVERY & EMPOWERMENT (TREM)

Not available Spring 2024 semester

This group is a semi-structured space for individuals who have experienced adverse events that have left an impact on their mental health. TREM involves engaging in creative activities and prompts to promote sharing, healing and support within a community. This group also provides psychoeducation around trauma and trauma symptoms. Some themes discussed include but are not limited to: self-soothing, self-empowerment, boundary maintenance and communication in relationships.

 

WOMXM OF SUBSTANCE

Thursday  2:00pm-3:00pm (In person, CAC) Starting February 16, 2024

Here in this safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment, we will explore, process and identify alternatives to your relationship with drugs and alcohol.  You can speak freely and honestly about your questions, concerns and observations, and benefit from the support and input of others struggling with similar issues. We will address how your use impacts all areas of your life as a student; physical, emotional, academic, spiritual, sexual and social aspects will be explored. We will offer resources and skills to help you cope with the life stressors you are experiencing. To get connected please call 848-932-7884.

 

NS GROUP DESCRIPTIONS SPRING 2024

 

ARTISTIC SELF-EXPRESSION

Monday 2:00pm-3:25pm

This group will utilize the vehicle of art directives to facilitate the students' ability to express and label their emotions, encourage self-reflection and awareness, and increase alternative coping skills and behaviors. Group members will share their work within the brave space of the group to explore and uncover issues, concerns, and challenges within their lives while building supportive relationships and self-awareness. (Next STEP students only)

 

RELATIONSHIPS USING DBT

Thursday 1:00pm-2:35pm (Virtual)

This group offers the opportunity to use meditation to improve the relationship with yourself as you simultaneously work towards enhancing your relationships with friends. The Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills that will be viewed will provide orientation to making new friends, enhancing relationships, learning how to validate, and learning how to navigate life interfering relationships. (OPEN TO ALL CAPS)

 

SELF-COMPASSION

Wednesday 10:30am-11:25am (Virtual)

This group combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to meet difficult internal and external experiences with less resistance. During the group, participants will learn about and practice mindful self-compassion skills. (OPEN TO ALL CAPS)

 

STUDY SPACE

Thursday 4:00pm-5:25pm (Virtual)

Weekly supportive study space open to all. Come to learn a brief skill around executive functioning. Students spend the remainder of the group working independently on school assignments, applying to internships/jobs, etc. Group begins with a review of goals for each student to work on. The remainder of the group is spent in quiet study. (OPEN TO ALL CAPS)

 

MIND BODY HEALING GROUP

Monday 11:30am-12:30pm (In person)

In person group will support students in understanding how mental and physical health are connected and interrelated. The neurobiology of mental wellbeing will be explored. Students will learn and practice techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, yoga, laughter, EFT tapping, and movement (dance & stomp). Students will build an awareness of where emotions are stored in the body and learn skills to relate/discharge them. (OPEN TO ALL CAPS)

 

END OF SEMESTER OFFERINGS

 

DISTRESS TOLERANCE WORKSHOP

Monday (In-Person) 1:30p – 3:00p TBD

Friday (In-Person) 1:30p – 3:00p TBD

The workshop will begin with a brief mindfulness exercise. You will be taught brief ways to self-assess emotions, thoughts, behaviors and urges. You will also learn one DBT worksheet filled with skills from the DBT distress tolerance module. To get connected please call 848-932-7884.

This is not DBT group therapy but a nice opportunity to learn about DBT and learn skills.

 

FINISH LINE

Thursday 12:00p – 1:00p  April 18, 2024 and April 24, 2024

Students Hoping to get the most out of the semester, even though it is not going as planned. Struggling to finish the semester due to difficulty with organization and time management. Having difficulties with motivation and procrastination. To get connected please call 848-932-7884.

 

I AM NOT MY GRADES

Tuesday (In-Person) 3:00p – 4:30p April 9, 2024 – One session only

This group is for any student who struggles with feeling pressure to perform and has difficulty separating self-worth from external measures (e.g. grades).

In this one session 90-minute workshop we’ll offer strategies to cultivate self-acceptance independent of performance. We’ll also talk about building motivation to pursue success for positive reasons (There are things I want to pursue because they will enhance my life and support what I value but NOT because I “need” to achieve them to feel worthy of life and love). To get connected please call 848-932-7884.

 

Individual Therapy

Individual psychotherapy and counseling at CAPS are interventions for college students who are experiencing depression, anxiety, loss, or situational difficulties such as adjusting to transition and change. The goal is to enhance the individual’s ability to manage their feelings and behaviors, make sound decisions, achieve personal goals, realize potential, and feel more in charge of their life.

The nature, approach, and concerns encountered in individual therapy vary greatly depending on the particular student’s issues and concerns. For college students going through significant developmental changes, individual therapy may be designed to address a particular challenge or to assist them gain insight to their current behaviors and feelings.

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