CAPS offers several group therapy options

Feb. 1, 2023 — DENTON — Group therapy can be an ideal choice for addressing concerns in a supportive, safe environment that promotes personal growth, relationship development and healing, and this semester TWU’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will offer several options.

Currently-enrolled students are eligible for unlimited group therapy sessions at no cost but must contact CAPS to complete the group screening process prior to joining any group.

According to Dr. Angela Adams, staff psychologist at CAPS, group leaders discuss norms and ground rules with students at the start of group therapy. 

“We explain to them how confidentiality operates in a group setting and ask that they all respect each other’s confidentiality. We also elicit their involvement in the group rules process and reiterate the importance of respecting diverse opinions,” said Adams.

Groups will have varied start dates in February unless otherwise stated below. Group leaders will communicate specific start dates to group members for all non-module based groups after group registration.

Monday

Coping with Anxiety, 4-5 p.m.

  • Module 1: 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6                  
  • Module 2: 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17

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.

Tuesday

Coping with Anxiety, 11 a.m.-noon

  • Module 1: 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7      
  • Module 2: 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18

See above description.

Alone in a Crowd, 4-5:30 p.m.

Feel alone despite being surrounded by people? Good relationships feel out of reach? Doing all the right things to connect with people, but disappointed in the results? Exhausted from trying, and feel like giving up on people? Well, you are not alone! Alone in a Crowd is a therapy group that creates an opportunity for members to explore these experiences in the company of others who “get it”. Members will learn from each other, explore barriers to connection, and understand what it takes to negotiate the process of forming and maintaining relationships.

Growing Beyond Trauma, 4-5:30 p.m.

Experiencing trauma can have ongoing effects, including symptoms such as difficulty concentrating or functioning in daily tasks; feeling afraid of something bad happening again; intrusive memories of the traumatic event; avoiding people/places/tasks that are reminders of the event; changes in sleep, appetite, and substance use; and difficulty forming and maintaining relationships. People who have experienced trauma often feel alone and as though nobody understands. This group will provide students who have experienced trauma the opportunity to feel supported and less alone and to learn strategies to cope with difficult symptoms.

Wednesday

Cultivating Compassion & Self-Worth, 11 a.m.-noon

  • Module 1: 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8                      
  • Module 2: 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19

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.

Healing from Family Pain, 3-4:30 p.m.

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.

Cultivating Resiliency, Art Journaling Group, 3:30-5 p.m.

Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are. To let go of the things that are holding us back, we need to learn how to cultivate compassion, courage, and connection. This 10-week group will use expressive art journaling to explore self-worth, vulnerability, and belonging while letting go of shame and fear.

Thursday

LGBTQ+ Support Group, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

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 and connection 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. The group facilitator will challenge group members to increase self-awareness, emotional insight, and acceptance of your multiple cultural identities.

All CAPS services are confidential and HIPAA compliant. To learn more about group therapy options or schedule a group intake, please call CAPS at 940-898-3801 or email Dr. Angela Adams at aadams37@twu.edu

See our Mental Health Resources page for additional alternatives. 

 

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