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 Spring 2019

Group Title Facilitator(s) Day Time
Be Body Positive @ Cal Poly

Amelia Ramirez, LMFT

TBD TBD
Connecting with Self & Others
(Sec. A)
Paul Carbajal, PsyD
Diana Menendez, PsyD
Tuesday 2 pm - 4 pm
Connecting with Self & Others
(Sec. B)

Paul Carbajal, PsyD

Jenilee Sneed, PhD

Wednesday 2 pm - 4 pm
Connecting with Self & Others
(Sec. C)
Sarah Park, PsyD
Paul Carbajal, PsyD
Friday 2 pm - 4 pm
Female-Identified Survivors of
Sexual Trauma
 (Sec A)

Courtney de Blieck, PsyD

Ana Cabezas, PsyD

Friday 3 pm - 5 pm
Female-Identified Survivors of
Sexual Trauma
 (Sec B)

Courtney de Blieck, PsyD

Ana Cabezas, PsyD

TBD

TBD

Grief Group

Courtney de Blieck, PsyD

Jennifer Armstrong, PsyD

Friday 10am-12pm
LGBTQIA+

Becca Gillis, PsyD

Sarah Colwell, PsyD

TBD TBD
Mindful Living

Alison Aylward, PhD

Becky Sznejkowski, PsyD

Friday 2 pm - 4 pm
Romantic Relationships

Alison Aylward, PhD

Becky Sznejkowski, PsyD

Wednesday 2 pm - 4 pm
Steady Steps Becky Sznejkowski, PsyD
Diana Menendez, PsyD
TBD TBD
Wise Minds Sarah Colwell, PsyD
Ryan Shurson, LMFT
Thursday

1 pm - 3 pm

Work In Progress (Sec. A)

Sarah Colwell, PsyD

Jenilee Sneed, PhD

Tuesday

2 pm - 4 pm

Work In Progress (Sec. B)

Sarah Colwell, PsyD

Danielle Robbins, PsyD

Wednesday

1 pm - 3 pm

Yoga Therapy 

Jenilee Sneed, PhD

Courtney de Blieck, PsyD

Thursday 10 am - 12 pm

 

Group descriptions 

Be Body Positive @ Cal Poly

The Be Body Positive Model was developed to teach people how to overcome conflicts with their bodies to lead happier, more productive lives. It is a solution-focused, whole-person model that offers positive messages of hope and freedom, and provides an alternative to the mainstream weight-focused health model that most individuals are taught. The goal is for people to gather information from a place of trusting their own intuitive wisdom in order to develop balanced and lasting self-care practices so they can focus on the parts of life that have purpose and meaning. The content of the group is influenced by the 5 Core Competencies developed by The Body Positive (https://www.thebodypositive.org/): Reclaim Health; Practice Intuitive Self-Care; Cultivate Self-Love; Declare Your Own Authentic Beauty; and Build Community.

Connecting with Self & 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. 

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. 

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.

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.

Wise Minds

Wise Minds is a group for individuals experiencing depressive and anxiety symptoms. It is a skill-building group that aims at developing insight around a student’s personal experience with anxiety and/or depression. The group is fast paced and highly relational.  Students will learn skills that have been shown to help manage symptoms of depression and anxiety from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Wise Minds typically runs six weeks and each session builds on the lesson of the previous group. This is a great follow-up group option for students who have already completed the Emotional Wellbeing Workshops Anxiety Toolbox and Getting Unstuck.

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.

Yoga Therapy

Through the use of therapeutic yoga and dialogue, female-identified survivors of interpersonal trauma (e.g., sexual abuse/assault, domestic violence, childhood abuse, stalking, etc.) will have the opportunity to connect with their bodies and learn how to be more present in their lives. This group may help survivors better understand their emotions and physical experiences, and may increase their ability to cope with distress. This group will balance group yoga practice, mindfulness exercises, and interactive dialogue to provide opportunities to connect with other survivors, increase self-awareness, and promote healing.

 

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