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?

Fall 2021 Groups (all are Telehealth offerings)

Monday

Understanding Self and Others
3:00 – 4:30 pm
Start Date: September 20
This process-oriented group aims to provide a warm and supportive environment for students who are interested in developing a greater understanding and acceptance of themselves and others, as well as explore patterns in relationships. Here students are encouraged to experiment with new ways of relating, connect with others around the sharing of personal experiences, and be open to support and feedback in the moment. Presenting concerns may vary widely from depression, anxiety, lack of motivation, forgiveness and acceptance, low self-esteem, and relationship and family concerns.

Tuesday

Healing from Family Pain
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Start Date: September 21
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.

Bringing Back Balance
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Start Date: Module 1: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28
Module 2: 10/12, 10/19, 10/26
Module 3: 11/9, 11/16, 11/30

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
10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16
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.

Wednesday

Coping with Depression
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Module 1: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29
Module 2: 10/13, 10/20, 10/27
Module 3: 11/10, 11/17, 12/1
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.

LGBTQ+
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Start Date: September 22
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
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Module 1: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/06
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Module 2: 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17 
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.

Thursday

Cultivating Compassion and Self-Worth
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Module 1: 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14

Module 2: 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18
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.

Embracing Your Self-Worth
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Starts: September 23

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.

Coping with Anxiety
2:00 - 3:00 pm
10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28
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.

Fall 2021 Groups with Descriptions (pdf)

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Kristina Rodriguez 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.

Page last updated 10:25 AM, September 13, 2021