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Group Counseling

The Drexel University Counseling Center typically offers a variety of groups and workshops each quarter. Groups are available to all full-time Drexel University students pending staff availability and sufficient enrollment. If you have general questions about our groups that are not addressed elsewhere in this section, please feel free to contact the Group Coordinator, Dr. Christine McGinnis at 215-895-1415 or

For more information about these groups or to be set up with a consultation to determine if a group is a good fit, please contact the Counseling Center at 215-895-1415 (University City campus) or 215-762-7625 (Center City campus); or by e-mail at Please check back for more information regarding the start date and time of the group. Also, please note that consultations are required before the start of the group, which is typically around the third or fourth week of the quarter.

Counseling Center Groups for Spring Quarter, 2014

CALMM (Coping with Anxiety through Learning Mindful Meditation)

We all have stressful lives and worry about things. This group is designed to help you develop peace of mind through learning mindfulness meditation and self-awareness skills.

Do you want to be more involved socially but find it difficult to navigate social interactions? Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed in social situations but at the same time feeling like you want to connect with others? Do your social difficulties lead you to have feelings of sadness and/or anxiety? This group is designed to help you connect with other students that are having similar experiences and to provide you with support, feedback, and guidance on how to navigate the social world.

This group offers support to female students who have experienced a sexual assault. This group offers a safe place for survivors to discuss the challenges of coping, ask questions and learn about the recovery process, and find hope for the future.

This group will offer a supportive environment for student veterans to connect with other veterans. Whether you are struggling or would just like to share your experience, this group might be for you.

This group will provide a supportive space for women to embrace a positive identity through developing self-awareness, cultivating self-compassion, and enhancing their interpersonal skills.

This group aims to help you improve your mood and energy levels as well as help identify and remove obstacles that may be interfering with your social or academic success. If you are feeling down, hopeless, or tired, or are having problems with motivation or sleep, this group may be for you.

This group will allow LGBTQ-identified students to share their experiences of coming out or being out, both at Drexel and with family, friends, and members of the larger community. The goal of group is to provide a safe and supportive space in which participants can share their concerns, struggles, and successes in navigating this difficult process. We welcome individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as those at every stage of the coming out process.

What is Group Therapy?

In group therapy, a small number of students meet with one or two trained group therapists to talk about what is troubling them. Group members share problems or concerns to better understand their situation, to improve interpersonal relationships and to learn from one another. Students receive remarkable support and encouragement from others facing similar issues and gain different ideas and perspectives. Although it is not uncommon to be somewhat apprehensive at first, many individuals report that their group experience exceeded their expectations.

What are the benefits of Group Therapy?

  • To gain support
  • To share struggles and experiences while exploring and better understanding yourself
  • Personal growth and development
  • Receive advice and feedback from diverse perspectives and viewpoints 
  • Combat feelings of isolation and loneliness 
  • Learn more satisfying ways of relating to others
  • Develop new ways to cope with difficulties

What do I talk about in Group Therapy?

Members talk about whatever is troubling them or whatever drove them to seek therapy. It is not uncommon for people to initially feel nervous or embarrassed about talking in group. Members are encouraged to proceed at their own pace, and to decide what and when to share. As members become more comfortable with the group, they often find that they are able to share their experiences and stories and receive support from other members. Members have the opportunity to give and receive immediate feedback in the form of encouragement and respectful challenging. Facilitators and members agree to maintain confidentiality and discuss any issues that may affect confidentiality.

I think I’m interested in Group Therapy, how do I get started?

If you are currently seeing a Counseling Center therapist, ask him or her about joining a group. If you are not receiving therapy at our office, you can contact the Counseling Center to set up a brief initial appointment to meet with prospective group leaders, discuss your concerns and goals, and learn about the group. You and the group leaders will decide if a group is right for you.