Receiving support from others and having healthy, authentic relationships is a central aspect of good mental and emotional health. In fact, many of the issues that students struggle with have an underlying interpersonal component that can be addressed by learning new ways of relating to oneself and others. Group therapy provides a structured space for receiving support, better understanding yourself and others, providing and receiving feedback, and practicing new ways of relating in a safe environment.

WHAT TYPES OF GROUPS DOES CAPS OFFER?


For many students, interpersonal dynamics and concerns are a significant contributor to the issues that bring them to CAPS. Because of this, group therapy may be the best way to get the support and help they need. It is an effective treatment for a myriad of issues and particularly helpful for those interested in learning more about their interpersonal experiences. It can help participants feel less lonely and better understand the dynamics that define their relationships, improve the ability to trust, clarify how others experience them, allow an opportunity for direct feedback, help them learn new ways of relating, and practice interpersonal skills that then transfer to relationships outside of group. Group offers a supportive environment in which to learn how to more effectively establish and maintain authentic and gratifying relationships with others.
These groups, while similar to interpersonal process groups, create safe spaces to reflect on and explore aspects of identity that may be shared. Examples include Students of Color and Sexual and Gender Diversity Process Groups.
Support groups bring together students who have similar experiences or concerns; the focus is on emotional support and encouragement. Examples include Grief and Loss group and Survivors of Sexual Assault group.
Skills groups tend to be more structured and/or didactic than interpersonal process groups. Currently, CAPS is offering a 3-week workshop series called the Anxiety Toolkit that is specifically designed to help people who struggle with a variety of anxiety-related concerns (e.g., panic attacks, generalized anxiety, and test-related anxiety). The goal of the workshop is to provide education on anxiety and teach coping skills for managing anxiety symptoms.

HOW DO I JOIN A GROUP?

To join a group, schedule an initial screening at CAPS (404-727-7450). Your initial screening counselor can provide you with more information and facilitate a pre-group screening with the group leader(s) who can help you determine whether a specific group is the right fit for your needs.

GROUPS CURRENTLY BEING OFFERED:

Interpersonal Process Groups Support Groups Skills Groups
Graduate Student All Gender Sexual & Gender Diversity Support Anxiety Toolkit
Undergraduate Student All Gender

Grief & Loss Support

ACT for Life
Black Graduate Student All Gender International Student Support
Men’s Group Student of Color Support
Women’s Group

ACT for Life: This 10-session group will help you relate differently to your anxious thoughts, depressed moods, worrying mind, self-defeating behaviors, and other things that causes you problems so that you can pursue a more full and meaningful life. This group will be interactive with educational components, group discussion, and experiential exercises. 

 

How to Get the Most out of Group Therapy
Adapted from University of Oregon’s Counseling and Testing Center
If You Relate To People By: You Might Experiment With:
Complying, giving in, being self-effacing Saying no
Resisting suggestions; holding back Taking a risk; trying something new.
Always talking; filling any silence with words because you feel uncomfortable. Being silent for a minute; getting in touch with uncomfortable feelings; talking about those feelings.
Waiting for someone to say something, then reacting Initiating something yourself, for someone else to react to.
Always smiling, even when annoyed or angry. Talking without smiling
Explaining Simply responding with what you feel (e.g., “ I have an impulse to explain”)
Trying to get people to stop feeling a certain way. Simply accepting the way they feel; at the same time exploring your impulses and feelings
Being polite; not showing anger or judgment Being judgmental and angry, frankly and outrageously.
Expressing anger easily Checking to see what feelings are underneath the anger.
Deflecting praise Accepting praise and agreeing enthusiastically with it.
Feeling bored but being too polite to say anything about it. Talking about your feelings of boredom.
When attacked, defending yourself. Not saying anything in rebuttal-but exploring the feelings you have.
Being afraid-and hiding your fear Being openly afraid; letting everyone know it.
Always complimenting others. Telling others exactly how you feel about them.
Trying to get everybody to approve of you. Being what you are and not giving a damn what they think.
Giving advice Reporting “I feel like giving you advice” – but not doing it.
Always helping other people. Asking for help, letting yourself be helped.
Always asking for help. Helping someone else.
Controlling your feelings and suppressing them. Experiencing your feelings and exploring them.
Keeping things secret. Disclosing something about yourself that is hard to say.
Playing it safe. Taking a few risks.

Contact and Hours of Operation

Address: 1462 Clifton Road, Suite 235, Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: (404) 727-7450
Fax: (404) 727-2906
Crisis/Walk-in Hours: 8:30-3:30, Monday-Friday
Hours of Operation: 8:30-5:00, Monday-Friday

PLEASE NOTE: If Emory University is closed due to weather or other emergency, then CAPS is also closed. In such circumstances, students will be contacted to reschedule appointments once the university reopens.