Group Therapy

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 WINTER 2019

Group Title Facilitator(s) Day Time
BeYOUtiful Beings

Sarah Park, PsyD

Amelia Ramirez, LMFT

Thursday 2 pm - 4 pm
Connecting with Self & Others Paul Carbajal, PsyD
Diana Menendez, PsyD
Tuesday 2 pm - 4 pm
Connecting with Self & Others Sarah Park, PsyD
Paul Carbajal, PsyD
Friday 2 pm - 4 pm
Mindful Living

Alison Aylward, PhD

Becky Sznejkowski, PsyD

Friday 2 pm - 4 pm
Female-Identified Survivors of
Sexual Trauma

Courtney de Bliek, PsyD

Ana Cabezas, PsyD

TBD

TBD

Grief Group

Courtney de Bliek, PsyD

Jennifer Armstrong, PsyD

Friday 10am - 12pm
LGBTQIA+ Becca Gillis, PsyD TBD 90 min
Romantic Relationships

Kimberli Andridge, PsyD

Alison Aylward, PhD

Wednesday 2 pm - 4 pm
Steady Steps Becky Sznejkowski, PsyD
Diana Menendez, PsyD
TBD TBD
Work In Progress

Sarah Colwell, PsyD

Jenilee Sneed, PhD

Tuesday

2 pm - 4 pm

 

Group descriptions 

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.

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. 

Mindful Living

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-Identified 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 semi-structured therapy group for all undergraduate and graduate students 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 first part of each group session focuses on strategies and activities to allow students to better manage and process their grief, while the second part is dedicated to group discussion of how to implement these strategies.  While this group is open to all students who have lost a loved one, it is especially tailored to students who feel that their loss was traumatic or is interfering with their functioning. *A support group for pet loss can be found here through SLO Hospice: 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. 

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.

Steady Steps

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.

Work In Progress

Clients will increase self-understanding and cultivate healing through the artistic process. This group is geared towards clients who struggle with self-worth due to developmental wounds and family experiences. A variety of art approaches will be used and each week will begin with artmaking. Clients will explore feelings, foster self-awareness, and resolve internal conflicts through artmaking and the creative process. Clients will discuss their therapeutic concerns, share their art with one another, and offer support and feedback to each other.

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