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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.

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.

  • The Bro to Bro Men's Group

    Offers a safe place for men to explore issues related to the pressures of what's acceptable for men and their relationships with others.

  • Finding Balance Mindfulness Group

    Offers students the opportunity to learn mindfulness meditation practices that help reduce stress. Students will learn techniques to focus on what is happening now rather than worrying about what happened in the past or what might happen in the future.

  • 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.

  • Master of Thoughts - Modify your Mood

    This group is designed for students looking to overcome symptoms of depression including loss of interest in things and/or daily sad mood. This brief evidence-based treatment will help you become increasingly aware of how your thoughts and behaviors affect your mood and will give you opportunities to practice using new skills to change your mood.

  • Art & Soul Expressive Arts Group

    Offers a safe space where students can use various expressive art mediums and the creative process to gain insight into themselves and experiment with new ways of relating to others.

  • Pride Tribe

    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.

  • Body Acceptance Group

    This interpersonal process group provides a judgment-free space for students to discuss their struggles with food, weight, and body image. Emphasis will be placed on exploring more effective ways to express difficult thoughts and emotions, rather than acting them out through eating disorder behaviors. Members will also learn and practice new, healthier ways of relating to others.

  • 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.

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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