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 2021 Groups (all are Telehealth offerings)

Tuesday

Embracing Your Self-Worth
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Start Date: February 9
This semi-structured process oriented group aims to provide a warm and supportive environment for students who are interested in creating a greater understanding of themselves and explore their sense of self-worth. Members are encouraged to explore their struggles with feeling worthy, accepting themselves, and understanding what it means to care for themselves. This group will explore topics such as self-esteem, self-compassion, shame/vulnerability, and authenticity. Members will be encouraged to explore their fears of vulnerability and share personal experiences while being open to support and feedback in the moment. Members may be asked to participate in exercises such as journaling throughout the group.

Dealing with Family Issues
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Start Date: February 9
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..

Coping with Anxiety
4:30 - 5:30pm
Start Date: Module 1: February 2; Module 2: March 30
Anxiety is 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. 

Wednesday

Bringing Back Balance
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Start Date: 1st round: February 3, 10, 17; 2nd round: February 24, March 3, March 17; 3rd round: March 24, 31, April 7; 4th round: April 14, 21, 28
This group focuses on building skills and creating flexibility in how you respond to distress and is designed to help you feel better fast by introducing skills and tips to help you quickly learn to manage unpleasant emotions. This workshop is provided over 3 consecutive weekly sessions that built upon each other. Meeting for 1 hour each week. The sessions include 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. 

LGBTQIA
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Start Date: February 10
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 or gender identity/expression. Members also play an important role in providing support to one another. Group co-facilitators will challenge group members to increase self-awareness, emotional insight, and acceptance of your multiple cultural identities. Topics that are likely to be discussed in this supportive and process-focused group include the following: identity development, experiences with the coming out process, questioning your gender identity or sexuality, gender & sexual fluidity, dating & relationship challenges, creating safer community spaces, coping with family struggles, dealing with religious conflicts, and coping with being a gender and/or sexual orientation minority in a cis-ist, hetero-sexist culture.

Coping with Anxiety
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Start Date: Module 1: February 3; Module 2: March 31
Anxiety is 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. 

Thursday

Coping with Depression
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Start Date: 1st round: February 4, 11, 18; 2nd round: February 24, March 4, 18; 3rd round: March 25, April 1, 8; 4th round: April 15, 22, 29
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 cope 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.

Spring 2021 Groups with Descriptions (pdf)

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Enny Torres at (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.

Page last updated 8:14 AM, January 12, 2021