Group Therapy

What is group therapy?

  • Groups are offered on the Denton campus during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Groups provide a supportive and stimulating environment for personal growth, relationship building, and skill development.

Groups are organized by topic, commonly including:

  • Self-confidence
  • Personal growth
  • Overcoming dysfunctional family dynamics
  • LGBTQ Issues
  • Trauma recovery
  • Healthy relationships
  • Anxiety management
  • Overcoming depression

Groups typically range in size from 6 to 10 clients and are led by a trained mental health professional.

Who is eligible for group therapy?

  • Currently enrolled students are eligible for unlimited group therapy sessions.
  • Students may attend group therapy sessions while participating in individual or couples therapy when clinically indicated.
  • Depending upon the nature of your concerns, you may be referred to individual therapy or another agency to ensure you receive the most appropriate care.
  • CAPS reserves the right to determine if we have adequate resources and expertise to address your particular treatment needs. If your needs cannot adequately or ethically be met by CAPS, we will work with you to secure an appropriate referral.

What is the cost for services?

Fees for services are already included in students’ previously paid fees. No additional charges are incurred.

What groups are currently offered?

Spring 2022 Groups (all are Telehealth offerings)


C.O.P.E. – Changing Our Perspective Effectively

3:00 – 4:30 PM
Start Date: 
Module 1: 2/7, 2/14, 2/21
Module 2: 3/7, 3/21, 3/28
Module 3: 4/11, 4/18, 4/25
C.O.P.E. with DBT skills is designed to assist participants in learning skills to build a life experienced as worth living. This group is presented in 3 separate modules focusing on mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

  • Module 1: Distress Tolerance – Learn crisis survival skills to manage difficult situations, while developing acceptance of reality as it is.
  • Module 2: Emotion Regulation – Learn skills to reduce emotional vulnerability, while gaining awareness and understanding of emotions.
  • Module 3: Interpersonal Effectiveness – Learn skills to increase effectiveness in relationships, maintain healthy relationships, communicate, and foster self-respect.


Coping with Depression

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Start Date: 
Module 1: 2/8, 2/15, 2/22
Module 2: 3/8, 3/22, 3/29
Module 3: 4/12, 4/19, 4/26
Many people struggle with feelings of depression. Depression can cause us to struggle with motivation, feel low or fatigued, and may cause us to have a hard time concentrating. This 3 week, skills-based group provides education and space to discuss experiences for those who live with depression while learning healthy ways to cope. Members will be provided with life-long skills and tools to recognize and manage depression symptoms they may be experiencing. Offered 3 separate times throughout the semester.

Bringing Back Balance

4:30 - 5:30 pm
Start Date: 
Module 1: 2/8, 2/15, 2/22
Module 2: 3/8, 3/22, 3/29
Module 3: 4/12, 4/19, 4/26
This workshop focuses on building skills and creating flexibility in how you respond to distress and is designed to introduce skills and tips to help you quickly learn to manage unpleasant emotions. This is a 3-week, 60 minute skills-based workshop that includes modules dedicated to: (1) helping you gain a deeper understanding of your concerns, (2) creating flexibility in how you view and approach these issues, and (3) helping you take steps toward living with a wide range of emotions. By the end of the workshop, you will have a better sense of your personal values and how you want to focus your energy. Offered 3 separate times throughout the semester.

Coping with Anxiety

4:30 - 5:30 pm
Start Date:
Module 1: 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22

Module 2: 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19 
Anxiety is a normal life experience, and even necessary in small amounts for motivation and productivity in life tasks. Yet, for some people, anxiety can reach a point that prevents them from enjoying their life. Living with anxiety may mean feeling “overwhelmed”, “stuck”, or in “survival mode”. This group is for students who feel controlled by their anxiety and want to manage it better. This is a 4-week, 60 minute skills-based group that aims to improve your overall quality of life by increasing understanding about the process and function of anxiety, teaching new ways to cope with it, and improving confidence in managing anxiety.


A Starting Point for Trauma Healing

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Start Date:
Module 1: 2/9, 2/16, 2/23

Module 2: 3/9, 3/23, 3/30
Module 3: 4/13, 4/20, 4/27
Many adults have experienced trauma at some point in their life. Traumatic experiences can impact activities in our daily life such as school engagement, how we relate to others, and our feelings of safety. Many of us may struggle with feeling motivated, experience sadness or anxiety, have a hard time concentrating or remembering important information, and may experience distress in our relationships with others. This 3 week, skills-based group provides education and a space to discuss ways to manage and cope with the after effects of traumatic experiences. Members will gain an understanding of how trauma might be impacting their daily life, gain an understanding of how trauma may be impacting their relationships with others, and learn healthy ways to cope with the emotional distress following a traumatic experience.

Healing from Family Pain

1:00 - 2:30 pm
Start Date: 2/16
Many adults deal with unresolved family issues. This group is for those who grew up in dysfunctional families and want to learn healthier ways of feeling, thinking, and behaving in a safe and supportive environment.

Every Body

3:00 - 4:30 pm
Start Date: 2/16
This group aims to explore our relationship with our body. Group members will explore topics such as body diversity and perceptions of body image delivered by society, foster self-compassion, and decrease negative judgment with regards to body image issues.

LGBTQ+ Support Group

4:30 - 5:30 pm
Start Date: 2/16
Looking for a safer space to discuss and explore issues related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity? This group is designed to provide support to members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Agender/Asexual (LGBTQIA) community or those who are questioning/exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression. Members also play an important role in providing support to one another. Group facilitators will challenge group members to increase self-awareness, emotional insight, and acceptance of your multiple cultural identities.


Coping with Anxiety

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Start Date:
Module 1: 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3

Module 2: 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21
See description above.

Cultivating Compassion and Self-Worth

3:00 - 4:00 pm
Start Date:
Module 1: 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3

Module 2: 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21
This 4-session structured group aims to provide a supportive space for students to gain knowledge and skills on how to extend compassion toward one's self in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure, or general suffering and garner an internal sense of being worthy of belonging, connection, and love. Members will be provided with tangible skills and tools on how to practice self-compassion and understanding how self-worth can impact well-being.

Reclaiming Yourself: Healing from Sexual Trauma

3:00 - 4:30 pm
Start Date: 2/17
This supportive and process-focused group is designed to provide a supportive and safe space to women in the process of recovering from the traumatic effects of sexual trauma and relationship violence. The focus of the group will be on empowering women to find ways to heal and move forward from their trauma. Topics may include recognizing abuse and safety planning, identifying and reducing trauma symptoms, identifying personal interests and strengths, improving self-image and self-esteems, setting goals and ways to achieve them, managing stress and emotions, and communicating effectively.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Wen Chong or call 940-898-3801.

How do I begin?

  • Call or stop by the Denton CAPS location to place your name on the group's referral list.
  • A CAPS staff member will contact you to schedule a group intake appointment.
  • During the intake appointment, you and a therapist will begin to explore the nature of your concerns and goals. Based on the outcome of this initial assessment, CAPS staff will make a treatment recommendation which may include individual, couples, or group therapy or referral to another campus or community agency.
  • If appropriate, you will be referred to a CAPS group; information regarding the time and start date of the group will be provided.
  • During peak service times, you may be placed on a waitlist for services. Referrals and options for accessing crisis services will also be provided.

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