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Groups

Group Therapy is when a group of no more than 8-10 students meet with 1-2 therapists for 60-90 minutes.  We offer a variety of groups including support groups, psychoeducational groups, and interpersonal process groups.  Some groups are time-limited with a specific focus while others are more open-ended.  

Please see the group descriptions (below) for more information about groups currently offered at Counseling Services.  If you are interested in a group that is not currently being offered, please email Dr. Paul Carbajal, Groups Specialist at pcarbaja@calpoly.edu  

 

How to Join a Group

Current clients: Please speak to your current counselor about joining a group.

All other students:  Call for an "Initial Consultation" and mention your interest in joining a  group to the counselor. 

If the group you are interested in is still accepting new members and follows your treatment plan, the counselor will advise you to schedule a “Group Consultation” appointment, a 20 - 30 minute meeting with the group facilitator to further answer any specific questions you may have about the group and to ensure that the group is the right fit.

Group SCHEDULE Spring 2017

Group Title Facilitators Day Time
Romantic Relations Alison Aylward, PhD & Kimberli Andridge, PsyD Monday 2 pm - 4 pm
Mindful Mondays: Stress & Anxiety Release Hannah Roberts, PsyD Monday 4 pm - 5 pm
Connecting  with Self & Others Paul Carbajal, PsyD & Diana Menendez, PsyD Tuesday 1 pm - 3 pm
Female-Identified Survivors of Trauma (Section B) Courtney de Blieck, PsyD & Ana Cabezas, PsyD Wednesday 2 pm - 3 pm
Persistent Mental Illness Courtney de Blieck, PsyD & Becky Sznejkowski, PsyD Thursday 11 am - 12 pm
Better Decisions Hannah Roberts, PsyD Thursday  2 pm - 3 pm
BeYOUtiful Beings Sarah Park, PsyD & Amelia Comstock-Skipp, LMFT Thursday  3 pm - 5 pm
LGBTQIA+ Kimberli Andridge, PsyD & Becca Gillis, PsyD Thursday  3 pm - 5 pm
Female-Identified Survivors of Trauma (Section A) Courtney de Blieck, PsyD & Ana Cabezas, PsyD Friday 10 am - 12 pm
Grief Group Courtney de Blieck, PsyD Friday 1 pm - 2 pm
Cultivating Psychological Flexibility Alison Aylward, PhD & Becky Sznejkowski, PsyD Friday 2 pm - 4 pm
Connecting  with Self & Others Sarah Park, PsyD & Paul Carbajal, PsyD Friday 2 pm - 4 pm
Male-Identified Survivors of Trauma Courtney de Blieck, PsyD & Ana Cabezas, PsyD TBD -

 

Group descriptions


Anxiety

This skill enrichment group is designed for individuals struggling with anxiety (e.g., academic/performance anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks/disorder, GAD).  The group has a semi-structured format that is flexible to the needs of the group. In addition to learning specific skills for managing anxiety, the group includes self-disclosure and group interaction. 

BeYOUtiful Beings

This is a weekly group for female-identified undergraduate and graduate students struggling with body image concerns, self-esteem, and perfectionism. This group is a warm, supportive, and informative environment for women who are seeking to develop a more compassionate and holistic relationship with their body and mind.

Better Decisions 

This support and skills enrichment group provides an inclusive, safe, and supportive atmosphere where students who are interested in cutting back on their drinking or other substance use can openly discuss and learn new strategies. Group members provide one another support, with additional skills and tips offered by Counseling Services staff.

Connecting with Self and Others  

This therapy group is designed for students who struggle in relating with others and for those who want to better understand themselves in the context of their relationships. Relationship is used as a general term and includes: romantic, familial, friends, roommates, classmates, coworkers, professors etc. Members of this group will benefit from the interactive nature of the group. Members have the opportunity to share and receive feedback and practice new ways of connecting with themselves and others within the context of a safe environment. 

Cultivating Psychological Flexibility

This 8-week psychoeducational and skills-based group is intended for individuals who are feeling stuck, generally unfulfilled, or distressed by any variety of psychological pain such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, isolation, etc.  The overall purpose of this group is to help individuals get unstuck and live a more fulfilling life by (1) enhancing their awareness of the psychological processes that contribute to feeling stuck; (2) helping them learn healthier ways to relate and respond to their distress; and (3) helping them commit to choices and actions that are guided by their deepest values.  Individuals will learn skills that help them connect to the present moment, understand how the content of their thoughts can trap them, and how their reactions to emotions can ultimately keep them stuck.  Through use of these skills and reconnection with their values, individuals will have more psychological flexibility to move their life in a fulfilling direction.

Female Survivors of Sexual Trauma Support Group

This is a support group for female-identified survivors of sexual trauma, including rape, sexual assault, abuse, exploitation, harassment, etc. The focus of the group will be on providing support to group members, normalizing their experiences, and exploring ways of building positive self-esteem and healthy coping mechanisms.

Grief Group

This is a support group for all Cal Poly students (undergraduate and graduate) who have experienced the loss of a loved one through death. The loss can be past or recent and involve anyone who was close to the student (e.g., family member, partner, friend, etc.). The focus of the group will be on providing support to participants, normalizing experiences of grief, and exploring healthy coping mechanisms. Group will be ongoing and will meet weekly. Group is facilitated by Dr. Courtney de Blieck. *Please note that this is not a pet loss support group. A support group for pet loss can be found here: hospiceslo.org/support-groups/pet-loss-support-group.

LGBTQIA+ 

This group is designed to serve as a safe space in which students whom identify as LGBTQIA+ are able to discuss specific concerns directly or tangentially related to their identities. Group is primarily support based, including some process components. Group discussion is based on student needs, with some topics created by co-leaders to encourage discussion. Previous topics have included: coming out and being out (family, friends, academically, in the workforce), dating at Cal Poly, intersections of identities, and media/social representations of LGBTQIA+ individuals. 

Male Survivors of Sexual Trauma Support Group

This is a support group for male-identified survivors of sexual trauma, including rape, sexual assault, abuse, exploitation, harassment, etc. The focus of the group will be on providing support to group members, normalizing their experiences, and exploring ways of building positive self-esteem and healthy coping mechanisms.

Mindful Meditation Mondays: Stress & Anxiety Release

This drop in weekly workshop helps students learn to better manage stress, anxiety, and overwhelming emotions. This workshop is intended for any student who could benefit from simple steps for stress and anxiety release or who is interested in learning useful mindfulness strategies.

Romantic Relationships

This group is designed for those who are distressed about a current or recent romantic relationship.  It is meant to provide support for the painful, confusing, or frustrating emotions that arise from a difficult romantic relationship or recent breakup.  This group is also meant to help participants gain more insight into the factors contributing to these difficulties so they may move towards more fulfilling romantic relationships in the future.  Students will also have the opportunity to provide one another with interpersonal feedback.

Serious/Chronic Mental Illness Support Group

This group is designed as a psychiatric disability advocacy/support group. Participants have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder that has an ongoing impact on some aspect of their functioning (academic, social, occupational, self-care, self-image, etc.). Participants have experienced their symptoms for an extended period of time, or anticipate that their condition will be ongoing (although not necessarily life-long). Examples of diagnoses can include, but are not limited to, psychotic disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, autism/Asperger's disorder, and personality disorders. The purpose of the group is to provide support to students with ongoing mental health concerns, explore resources both on and off campus, discuss strategies for dealing with symptoms, and examine how students can reach their academic and personal goals while simultaneously living with a mental illness.

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