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Group Counseling

Are you looking to improve your relationships, get support from others or learn more about others' perceptions of you? Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) offers a variety of group counseling options including topics such as anxiety, LGBTQIA+, relationships, and much more.

Group counseling is a widely used and standard treatment. Studies comparing group counseling to individual counseling show that group counseling is as effective and sometimes more effective than individual counseling. Group counseling is one of the main forms of treatment at CAPS. Currently, group counseling is offered at the MMC and BBC CAPS locations.

Group counseling provides you with the unique opportunity to learn with and from other people. By receiving support and feedback from other group members, you will be able to gain a better understanding of your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.

Students interested in group therapy can make an appointment with a CAPS clinician and collaboratively determine which group best fits your needs and schedule. Students will also have an opportunity to meet with their group facilitator to create personalized group goals.

Group counseling descriptions

There are a variety of group counseling options at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC) and Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC) CAPS locations. Most groups consist of 6 to 8 students and 2 group leaders. Each group session lasts 90 minutes.

Current group options:

  • Defy Your Fears Group

    Provides students a supportive environment to gradually face what they have been avoiding because of fear, including social interactions with new people.

  • Understanding Self and Others Group

    This group is a safe space where students can experiment with new ways of relating to others and get support and feedback from others.

  • The Leading Ladies Women's Group

    Offers a warm and supportive environment for women to explore issues related to improving relationships with other women, increasing self-esteem and self-confidence, balancing multiple roles, and enhancing communication.

  • ADAPT Group

    Offers students the opportunity to learn and develop adaptive coping skills to better manage life’s challenges, such as academic distress, painful emotions, and interpersonal conflict.

  • The Seeking Safety Survivors Group

    Assists students in developing skills that can reduce the impact of past traumatic life experiences as well as helping them gain insight as to how these past experience may be impacting their current relationships.

  • Sista Circle

    “Sista” Circle is a supportive space created to help women who identify as being a member of a marginalized ethnic/racial group work through issues associated with academics, familial difficulties, interpersonal/intrapersonal conflict, identity development, self-esteem, mental health difficulties and so much more.

  • Pride Talks

    This interpersonal process group provides a safe space for LGBTQIA+ identifying students to process their struggles, support one another, and learn about themselves through interactions with peers.

  • Free Your Mind

    This weekly group treatment helps clients who experience intrusive and distressing thoughts, and who then engage in time-consuming rituals and/or avoidance of triggers to decrease anxiety. Students learn to challenge and replace beliefs and attitudes that maintain obsessions and compulsions. The main component of this treatment is exposure plus response prevention therapy, the gold-standard treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). With guidance from psychologists facilitating the group, students gradually face their fears without relying on compulsions.

  • Men's Trauma Group
    A safe space for male-identifying survivors to understand how past trauma affects them today.
  • #BMDT (#Black Men Do Therapy)
    This group is designed to help Black men (African, African American, Afro-Caribbean) obtain support and greater self-understanding across various aspects of their lives, such as but not limited to racial/ethnic identity, sexual orientation, interpersonal relationships and race-related stress.
  • Grief Group
    An interpersonal process group offering several exercises aimed at helping students process their grief.
  • Career Crossroads
    A short-term, psychoeducational experience designed to help students who have questions about their identity, career decisions, changing majors, and associated thoughts and feelings.
  • Grad Talks

    A safe space where graduate students can provide and gain support regarding their experience in graduate school, with interpersonal relationships, and other stressors they may be experiencing.

Attending a session

Only registered FIU students are eligible to join group. Group sessions come at no cost. Groups typically meet for the duration of a semester, excluding FIU holidays. This typically is about 8 to 10 weeks.

If you would like to attend a group session, please call 305-348-2277 to request a consultation appointment or visit CAPS during walk-in hours. This is a prerequisite for joining the group.

For some students, group counseling can be uncomfortable at the beginning. To give group counseling a fair chance, CAPS asks that you commit to attending at least 6 group sessions. After that, if you decide to leave the group, you should discuss your decision with the group leaders so that alternative treatment options can be considered.

Please let the group leaders know immediately if you have an existing relationship with someone in the group. At this point, the group leaders will decide how to best resolve the situation.

Confidentiality policy

Counseling is confidential. Confidentiality refers to keeping information that is shared private and to oneself. CAPS does not release information to FIU administrators or faculty, parents, family members, or outside agencies without the client's written authorization. Exceptions to confidentiality include: as required by Florida law, when a clinician determines that a person is at risk for child or elder abuse/neglect, suicide, or homicide.

Contact

To make an appointment with us, please call the offices at MMC or BBC. Appointments will be held over the phone or by videoconference (through a HIPAA-compliant platform).

Modesto A. Maidique Campus

Student Health Center (SHC) 270
305-348-2277 (CAPS)

Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM

Biscayne Bay Campus

Wolfe University Center (WUC) 320
305-919-5305

Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM

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