Group Therapy


CAPS is pleased to offer group therapy services to the FAU student population. We are very excited and highly committed to offering therapy groups. Many people have stereotypes about group therapy or wonder what really happens in a therapy group. Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy, focusing on developing insight, understanding feelings and behavior change. Four to ten clients meet with one or two experienced group therapists. Most therapy groups meet every week at the same time for 1.5 hours a week. Additionally, we also offer themed workshops and discussion groups.

A “group screening” with the group therapist(s) is scheduled prior to a group member joining. Clients must have had an initial assessment with one of the center’s counselors prior to having a group screening. During the group time, the members of the group discuss the issues that are concerning them and offer each other support and feedback. Interpersonal interaction is highly valued and encouraged.

Each semester CAPS offers a variety of counseling groups. The groups are open only to FAU students. Starting dates for the groups will vary. Services offered by CAPS are covered as long as you are enrolled and have paid the Health Fee. Confidentiality in group is strictly respected.

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This is a group that focuses on increasing ability to deal with anxiety during high-stress situations such as public speaking, test-taking, and romantic relationships, among others. You are welcome to join us if: Fear has affected your ability to perform well; you are afraid of experiencing symptoms of anxiety; you avoid anxiety-producing situations to the max; you have felt helpless or hopeless in dealing with your anxiety.

Leaders: Amber Lazarus, Ph.D., & Cara Damier, B.S.
Time: Tuesdays, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

These groups tend to focus on relationships, intimacy, boundaries, self-awareness and other components of interpersonal process. These groups are typically open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Specific focus is sometimes determined by group needs. These groups are designed to help group members learn to deal with a variety of concerns involving feelings of depression and anxiety, resolving relationship issues, and other personal concerns.

Leaders: Blaise Amendolace, Psy.D. & Bob Rodgers, Ph.D.
Time: Mondays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Leaders: Blaise Amendolace, Psy.D., & Gaby Avery-Peck, Ed.M.
Time: Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Leaders: Bob Rodgers, Ph.D., Justin Puder, Ph.D. & Rebecca Lewis, M.S.
Time: Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Leaders: Bob Rodgers, Ph.D. & Justin Puder, Ph.D.
Time: Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Do you regularly feel stressed and overwhelmed? Do you have a hard time living in the moment? Do you notice yourself going through life on auto-pilot? If so, join this eight-week experiential therapy group to learn how to be more present in your life, non-judgmental, compassionate, patient and aware.

Leaders: M.A. Lawless Coker, Psy.D. & Marisol Blanco, Psy.D.
Time: Mondays, 2:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Leader: Anissa York, Psy.D., & Emily Calvo, B.A.
Time: Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.

Leader: Justin Puder, Ph.D., & Gaby Avery-Peck, Ed.M.
Time: Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.

Do you have anxiety attacks? Are you overwhelmed with stress? Do you experience uncontrollable worrying? Do you get overly anxious in social situations? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the anxiety and stress management group may be for you. The goal of this group is to help you learn skills that will be useful throughout life by increasing awareness of your own personal reactions to stressors, teaching specific anxiety management techniques, practicing breathing and relaxation exercises, and providing a place for support. This group meets for 6 weeks and a pre-group screening is required in order to participate.

Leader: Nikki Saltzburg, Ph.D. & Whitney Hagen, Ph.D.
Time: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Join together with others to explore issues around food, dieting, weight, body image, and self-esteem. In this small therapy group you will be able to share your struggles with others who relate to issues with food and body, and learn to better understand yourself. This group will help you to experience self and body in a new way.”

Leader: Laura DiPasquale, Ph.D., & Bhritanie Jardine, M.S.

Time: Mondays, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This group provides a safe-space for women to connect with others and learn more about their relational patterns. Through this powerful experience, group members will come to recognize patterns that might be causing them pain (depression, anxiety, relationship problems, self- esteem issues) and experiment with new ways of relating to others. The hope is that these new behaviors can then be applied to everyday situations and relationships.

Leaders:Mahkada Taylor, Ph.D., & Bhritanie Jardine, M.S.

Time: Fridays, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

A group for men to come together and discuss relationship issues, family and gender expectations, or other concerns that most men encounter. The group will also focus on the challenges and strengths that are unique to being a man in today’s world.

Leader: Anissa York, Psy.D.

Time: Thursdays, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

The Gender Journey Group is open to students who identify as transgender/gender non-conforming. The purpose of the group is to provide support and explore the challenges and joys of integrating one’s gender identity. Topics may include coming out, transitioning concerns, and other relevant issues.

Leader: Nikki Saltzburg, Ph.D.

Time: Thursdays, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

The purpose of this group is to provide a safe space for students of color to address general life concerns, while giving voice to their unique experiences as a person of color. Through this empowering experience, group members will be able to address concerns that may be causing them pain (such as depression, anxiety and self-esteem issues). These difficulties will be addressed within the context of socio-cultural issues such as racism and classism. The hope is for group members to address their concerns and experiences in an understanding and supportive environment, and build a sense of community and connectedness regarding their experiences as people of color.

Leader: Mahkada Taylor, Ph.D. & Marisol Blanco, Psy.D.

Time: Fridays, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

This group is designed to assist students in making life changes related to substance use. The focus is on choice and being accountable, so that students can develop practical relapse prevention strategies and effective stress reduction techniques. A primary objective is to establish a safe, clean, and sober environment to better identify useful coping skills and to challenge current beliefs about using substances.

Leader: M. A. Lawless Coker, Psy.D. & Robert Freund, LMHC

Time: Thursdays, 12:00 – 12:50 p.m.

Have you ever wanted a safe space to explore and talk with others about the challenges and joys of being a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning individual? If so this group is an opportunity for you to do just that. We will meet on a weekly basis in a confidential and affirming group to talk, connect with each other, and offer emotional support. We will explore themes that are relevant to your life such as relationships with family, friends, and partners, coming out, being out, identity, and ways to embrace all of who you are. Lastly, this group is open to other topics (e.g., depression, anxiety, etc.) not related to one’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Leaders: Nikki Saltzburg, Ph.D., & Jennifer Jacobson, M.S.

Time: Wednesdays, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

 Last Modified 11/8/16