Group counseling provides the opportunity to share concerns with other group members and work together to reach a better understanding of yourself and your situation. Our support groups meet throughout the academic year. Some groups are time-limited and focus on specific issues, while others are ongoing general therapy groups. There are no session limits to group therapy—you can participate in a group at any time and for as long as you want. To request accommodations for any of these group offerings, contact the facilitator via email at least 3 days in advance. You can view descriptions and contact information for therapy and support groups by clicking events on this calendar, or clicking on any of the groups in the list below. Therapy Groups Anxiety Collective A weekly therapy group to connect with others and find new ways of responding to anxiety, worry, stress and a self-critical or self-doubting inner voice. Learn techniques drawn from empirically-supported therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness- and self-compassion-based therapies. Membership: Open to undergraduate students, graduate students and their eligible dependents. Day/Time: TBD CPS Group Room, McCosh Health Center, Third Floor Facilitated by Joe Cooper, Psy.D. Email Joe to join. Back at Princeton A weekly discussion group for undergraduates who would like support as they transition back to school after a leave of absence. The group meetings are focused on helping students readjust to school during the first term, by engaging in peer-to-peer dialogue about shared experiences, and becoming more adept at responding to stress and adversity. Group members process the challenges and triumphs they encounter as they adjust to being at Princeton again, in a confidential setting. Membership: Open to undergraduate students returning from a leave of absence, in their first semester back at Princeton. Fridays, 3:00 p.m. CPS Group Room, McCosh Health Center, Third Floor Facilitated by Jessica Chavez, Ph.D. and Loretta Acquaah, LCSW Email Jessica to join. Dysfunctional Families: Adult Children Empowerment (ACE) For students and eligible dependents who come from a troubled or dysfunctional family (mental ill health, violence, alcohol/substance problems, etc.) and want to better understand how family-of-origin issues may be affecting them and their relationships. The group supports members toward self-acceptance, improved self-esteem, effective communication, setting boundaries and the development of self-care skills; it enables members to lead more connected, healthy and fulfilling lives and is a safe and supportive environment. Membership: Open to all undergraduate students, graduate students, and their eligible dependents, who come from seriously dysfunctional families. Fridays, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (beginning 9/29) McCosh Health Center, Room G20 (Garden Level) Facilitated by David Campbell, Ph.D. and Patrick Walro, Psy.D. Email David to join. Food for Thought The purpose of this group is to learn & practice coping skills and to explore life challenges you may be facing, including marginalization and stigma. Those interested in joining can reach out to CPS to schedule an initial consultation or, if you are already connected to CPS, speak with your counselor about your desire to join. Membership: Open to undergraduate and graduate students who are experiencing concerns regarding eating and body image. Tuesdays, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (beginning 9/26) CPS Group Room, McCosh Health Center, Third Floor Facilitated by Genesis Gonzalez, Psy.D. & Mariaisabel Zweig, Psy.D. Email Genesis to join. Graduate Student Therapy Group A weekly therapy group for graduate students starting this fall. The group will offer a safe, confidential, and supportive space for participants to connect with one another and process personal and professional challenges. Participants will examine how to cope more effectively with common mental health difficulties such as stress, anxiety, sadness, burnout, and loss, and consider how to develop more satisfying relationships. Membership: Open to graduate students. Thursdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m. (beginning 9/14) CPS Group Room, McCosh Health Center, Third Floor Facilitated by Jonathan Pastor, Psy.D. Email Jonathan if interested in joining. Grief Group Therapy group for students who have lost a loved one. If someone whom you loved has died, and you want to talk with other students about how they are managing the grieving process, this space is for you. Feel free to come and go as you need. Membership: Open to undergraduate and graduate students and their eligible dependents. Fridays, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (beginning 9/14) McCosh Health Center, Garden Level, Room G20 Facilitated by Calvin Chin, Ph.D. Email Calvin to join. Home Away from Home A group for International graduate students who struggle with adjusting to a new country, culture, educational system. Membership: Open to all international graduate students. Day/Time: TBD Location TBD Facilitated by Dora Coman, Ph.D. Email Dora to join. Queer/Trans*/Questioning at Princeton A group for members of the LGBTQIA+ community and those who are exploring their sexual and/or gender identity. The purpose of this interpersonal process group is to learn more about yourself and how you relate to others; to learn how to give and accept meaningful feedback; to explore life challenges you may be facing, including marginalization and stigma; to explore resilience in the queer community; and to identify and share personal strategies for coping and thriving. Those interested in joining can reach out to CPS to schedule an intake or, if you are already connected to CPS, speak with your counselor about your desire to join. Membership: Open to undergraduate and graduate students, and their eligible dependents who identify under the LGBTQQIA+ umbrella or are exploring their identity/ies under this umbrella. Mondays, 3:00-4:30 p.m. (beginning 9/25) CPS Group Room, McCosh Health Center, Third Floor Facilitated by MaryBeth Grove, Psy.D. and Mariaisabel Zweig, Psy.D. Email MaryBeth to join. Drop-In Support Groups Student-Athlete Meditation Open, ongoing weekly group available to student athletes to practice and discuss mindfulness meditation. Membership: Undergraduate student-athletes Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m. (starting 9/20) Jadwin Gym, Level D, Room D04A Facilitated by Mike Gross, Psy.D. Contact Mike with questions. Skills Groups Coffee & Coping: A Skills-Based Therapy Group An 8-week series of workshop-style meetings designed to teach students skills for coping with difficult feelings and situations. During this group students will learn and support each other in developing skills focused on mindful awareness of the moment, managing interpersonal situations in ways that work, tolerating challenging emotions, and regulating their emotions. The group will focus on each of these four areas for two weeks. Since Coffee and Coping will be emphasizing skills and their use, it may be helpful for students to also engage in individual therapy while attending group, but this is not required. Coffee and refreshments will be available at each group meeting! Membership: Open to undergraduate students, graduate students and their eligible dependents. Fridays, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. CPS Group Room, McCosh Health Center, Third Floor Facilitated by Joe Cooper, Psy.D. Email Joe to join. Reducing Stress with Mindful Meditation and Movement (Series) Monthly workshop focused on learning to reduce stress through meditation and mindful movement. Mindfulness concepts will be introduced along with guided meditation practices to enhance participant's ability to more effectively manage stressful feelings. Membership: Open to undergraduate students, graduate students and their eligible dependents. Dates/Time: Fridays, 9/29, 10/20, 11/17, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Location TBD Facilitated by the UHS Mind Body Team Email Sue Kim to join or for more information. Relationships 101: Fostering Healthy Connections @ Princeton This group is dedicated to enhancing and enriching the relationships that matter most in your life. Whether you're navigating the complexities of partnerships, friendships, or family dynamics, our community offers a safe and supportive space to explore and develop vital relationship skills. Join us to gain insights, share experiences, and learn effective communication, empathy, and conflict resolution techniques. Let's embark on a journey towards building stronger, more fulfilling connections together. This group will meet biweekly for the semester. Membership: Open to undergraduate students, graduate students and their eligible dependents Fridays, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. (beginning 9/29) Location TBD Facilitated by Vijayeta Sinh, Ph.D. and Steph Vituccio, MSS, LCSW Email Vijayeta to join. Outreach Series API Student Wellness Series Monthly workshops focused on a self care activity for API students (playing with therapy dogs, creating a self care kit, learning to meditate) A light lunch will be provided. See the UHS events calendar for details and registration requirements. Membership: Open to undergraduate and graduate students who identify as members of the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community. 10/2, 11/6, 12/4 at 12:00 p.m. Carl A. Fields Center (58 Prospect Avenue), Room 105 Facilitated by Sue Kim, LCSW Email Sue with questions. Nature Break A monthly, guided mindful stroll through nature on campus to help decrease stress and increase connection to self, others, and the natural world. Membership: Open to undergraduate students, graduate students and their eligible dependents 9/29, 10/27, 11/17 (Time TBD) Location TBD Facilitated by Alexandra Crowley, R.N., PMHNP-BC Email Alex with questions. If you’d like to join a group or learn more information, please email the providers listed within each group’s descriptions. For general questions about group counseling and outreach, please email the Group Counseling & Support Coordinators, Jadelyn Martinez or Olivia McDonald-James, or call 609-258-3141. For more mindfulness or mind-body group offerings, see the events calendar.