Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

Group Counseling

Spring 2018 Group Counseling Opportunities

Looking to join a group? Contact Mike Iezzi.

This group is for Black women who want to improve their mood, relationships, and share sacred space with other Black women. If you are a senior/graduate/professional student who self-identified as Black (including African, multiracial, and everyone in between) and woman/femme, then this group is for you. 


  • Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Facilitators:  Della Mosley, MS, EdS and Cierra Whatley, MEd

This confidential group is for students who would like help examining their current alcohol and other drug use patterns, setting goals to alter their use patterns, and taking steps to eliminate or reduce their use of drugs and/or alcohol. The focus is on self-assessment, peer support, and feedback aimed at reducing the negative consequences of alcohol and other drug use in participants’ lives.  The group will provide a supportive, safe space for students to discuss their shared experiences with substance use and to develop strategies and tools to change harmful habits. The group is appropriate for students who are abstaining from alcohol and other substance use and for students wanting to explore whether moderation or abstinence is the best path for them.


  • Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Facilitator: Jeff Kulley, PhD

A group for anyone who tends to be their own worst critic. Designed for graduate and professional students, this group uses current research to promote healthier emotional wellbeing through mindful self-compassion skills. Group members will cultivate a range of tools to use within the context of internal and external stress and demands.


  • Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
  • Facilitators:  Nahal Kaivan, PhD and Emily Porter, MSW, LCSW

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD. This is an evidenced based group, which is effective for anyone who struggles with emotional dysregulation.

It is an opportunity to learn 4 key skills:

  1. Core Mindfulness: being fully present in the moment
  2. Interpersonal Effectiveness: asking for what you want and saying no while keeping self respect, maintaining relationships and meeting your goals
  3. Emotion Regulation: understanding and mastering the emotional response
  4. Distress Tolerance: surviving crises without making things worse.

The skills are taught in modules and may be spread over more than one semester with core mindfulness repeating between the other three modules. The ultimate goal is to use these skills in everyday life to be as effective as possible and create your own life worth living.


  • Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Facilitators: Yan Li, PsyD and Nerine Tatham, MD

This group is a space to be in community with those who share identities and experiences, to talk openly about our lived experiences, and to provide and receive support and feedback from one another. Come as you are.


  • Time: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Facilitators: Matthew Chester, MA and Della Mosley, MS, EdS

Facilitated as an Understanding Self and Others group, the Men’s Group is appropriate for men and male-identified students with a range of concerns, such as depression, social relationships, stress and pressure to succeed, anger, and low self-esteem/confidence. In particular, men who would like to explore the ways in which gender and masculinity impede their ability to connect with others in meaningful ways are especially encouraged to participate. 


  • Time:  3:00 pm– 4:30 pm
  • Facilitators: Michael Iezzi, PhD and Marvice Marcus, PhD

Facilitated as an Understanding Self and Others group, while incorporating the benefits of exercise. Group members will run outside, sharing their thoughts and feelings with peers.


  • Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Facilitators:  Qin Hu, PhD and Michael Iezzi, PhD

Group members learn more about themselves and how to connect with others through their interactions with one another.  This group provides the opportunity to increase awareness of thoughts and feelings in the moment, to understand patterns in relationships, to experience and communicate empathy, and to give and receive feedback.   Topics of discussion vary greatly from stress/anxiety, relationships, family concerns, eating and body image concerns, self-esteem, race or cultural identity, gender and sexual orientation identity, academic concerns, and depression.

Spring 2018 Opportunities:

Location: CAPS | 3rd Floor | Student Wellness Center


  • Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Facilitators: Mazella Fuller, PhD, MSW, LCSW, CEDS and Nahal Kaivan, PhD


  • Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Facilitators: Nahal Kaivan, PhD and Jeff Kulley, PhD



  • Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Facilitators: Jennifer Bullock, MSW, LCSW and Danielle Oakley, PhD 



  • Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Facilitators: Jennifer Bullock, MSW, LCSW and Marvice Marcus, PhD



  • Time: 10:00 am– 11:30 am
  • Facilitators:  Qin Hu, PhD and Emily Porter MSW, LCSW


  • Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Facilitators: Uche Kammarauche Asuzu, MD and Mary Sharp, LCSW



  • Time: 10:45 am– 12:15 pm
  • Facilitators:  Michael Iezzi, PhD and Yan Li, PsyD