A number of psychotherapy groups led by professional staff are offered each year at Tuttleman Counseling Services. TCS groups can be a powerful way to address personal concerns while getting support and feedback from peers who are also in the group.
Referral / Screening Process: Prospective/interested students, who are currently enrolled at the university, will be referred to groups by a current clinician or a clinician during the Walk-in Clinic. For most groups, a group screening appointment will be scheduled. A group facilitator will meet with the student during this appointment to determine, in discussion with the student, if there is a mutual fit.
Loss of a Loved One
This group is designed to provide a safe space for students who are grieving the death of a loved one. Each meeting will offer students the opportunity to share their personal stories of loss while receiving the support of fellow group members. The group will address expectations of the grief process, coping skills and self-care, and common responses to loss such as anger, sadness, loneliness, confusion, and guilt. We ask that members be able to commit to weekly meetings, maintain the confidentiality of things shared by other members, and be open to share experiences of loss and to listen to others who have experienced a loss.
Day / Time: Monday, 1:30pm-3:00pm
Facilitator(s): Karen Fishbein, MSW, LCSW
Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)
This group is for students concerned about their use of alcohol and/or other substances, and the way their use is interfering in their lives. Students in this group may want help and support in cutting back or stopping their use, and others may be coming for support in maintaining previously made changes. The only requirements for this group are that a student not use before group and that he/she/they acknowledge that alcohol and/or other substances have had negative consequences in his/her/their life. Consistent attendance is extremely important to the functioning of a therapy group. With this said, we ask that interested students be willing and able to commit every week to attending this group.
Day / Time: Monday, 3:00-4:30pm
Facilitator(s): Clyde Beverly, Ph.D., and Steve Hulcher, Psy.D.
This all women’s process group provides a comfortable and safe space for members to share and learn about themselves while supporting each other. The group explores self-awareness and how it influences interactions with others, as well as how to create more fulfilling relationships. Members share feedback in order to explore feelings, gain new perspectives and practice new behaviors aimed at relating to others and themselves more comfortably.
Possible themes for discussion include stress, self-esteem, relationships, family conflicts, cultural influences, intimacy, assertiveness, roles and identity. Individuals also have opportunities to suggest topics.
There will be emphasis on learning compassion for yourself, rather than judgment, practicing self-care, and celebrating your unique gifts, creativity and expressions. Members will respect confidentiality of what others shared and topics discussed; conversations will be confined to group meetings.
Day / Time: Monday, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Facilitator(s): Jane Zakrzewski, MSSW, LSW
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) - Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance Skills Training Group
A psychoeducation group focused on learning mindfulness and distress tolerance skills.
Day / Time: Tuesday, 12:30pm-2:00pm
Facilitator(s): Kathleen Haughey, MSW, LCSW and Maria Drvoshanov, Psy.D.
Gender Identity Support Group
This is a private and confidential group for students who are questioning or exploring their gender identity and for students who identify as transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, or those on the gender diverse spectrum. The goal of the group is to provide a safe and supportive space to talk about identity, coming out, relationships with family and friends, dating, transitioning, transphobia/cissexism, and other issues of relevance to members.
Day / Time: Tuesday, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Facilitator(s): Michelle Wallace, M.Psy. and Marli Schecker, B.S.
This is a support group for doctoral candidates from any field who are struggling with the dissertation process. It includes students who have not had their proposal accepted yet to those who are in the last stages of the process. Issues discussed range from personal relationships to practical suggestions for moving ahead with the process.
Day / Time: Tuesday, 3:00pm-4:30pm
Facilitator(s): John DiMino, Ph.D.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) - Mindfulness and Emotion Regulation Skills Training Group
A psychoeducation group focused on learning mindfulness and emotion regulation skills including naming emotions, managing unwanted emotions, emotion tolerance.
Day / Time: Tuesday, 4:00pm-5:30pm
Facilitator(s): Denise Walton, Ph.D., and Patria Alvelo, Psy.D.
Interpersonal Therapy Group
This group offers a powerful way to learn about ourselves and how we relate to others. The group is unstructured, meaning the students decide the topics of discussion and take a greater level of responsibility during the group process than they might in more structured group format. Together, with the co-leaders, group members will work through relational issues that lead to psychological distress and dissatisfaction in relationships. This is done by mindfully paying attention to thoughts, feelings, and reactions as they occur moment to moment in the group and reporting on them as they occur. Our hope for the group is that members will experience increased insight about how they tend to operate in the world.
Day / Time: Tuesday, 6:00-7:30pm
Facilitator(s): Jaclyn Pembleton, M.Psy., and Jean Jho, M.A.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Mindfulness and Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills Training Group
This group is focused on enhancing clients' capabilities by teaching them behavioral skills. Specifically, mindfulness skills enhance the clients’ capacity to be fully aware and present in the here-and-now of their lives. The interpersonal effectiveness skills teach clients how to ask for what they want and to say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others. The group is run like a class where the group leader teaches the skills and assigns homework for clients to practice using the skills in their everyday lives. Groups meet on a weekly basis. Group members are expected to be in individual psychotherapy (at least twice a month) in tandem with being in skills group.
Day / Time: Tuesday, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Facilitator(s): Iris Abreu, Ph.D., and Galana Chookolingo, Ph.D.
STRESSLESS: A Skills Based Stress Management Group
This is a 14-week psychoeducational group designed to increase students access and use of adaptive coping skills. As a part of this new open group design, students are encouraged to drop-in to the group when they need a little extra support or are just interested in learning a new skill to improve their mental health. Topics for the group vary, but are based on the unique experience of college students and relevant to the stressors they manage on a daily basis. Students do not have to be enrolled in individual services at TCS, but must go through Walk-in Clinic for screening to attend this group.
Day / Time: Wednesday, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Facilitator(s): Kayla LeLeaux-LeBarge, M.S., and Stephani Pila, B.A., B.S.
Eating and Body Image Concerns
This group is an interpersonal process group and a place for students to process their thoughts and emotions related to negative body image and disordered eating. We will also explore issues related to relationships such as intimacy, self-esteem, care-taking, boundary setting, depression, anxiety, and other concerns. You will also have the chance to hear the stories of other women, provide and receive feedback, and learn that you are not alone in your experience.
The group is appropriate for students currently struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder or eating disorder NOS, students who are in recovery from any eating disorder, and students who have concerns about their relationship with food, eating, or body shape/size. Group members are asked to receive and offer support and feedback, respect the privacy of other students, and commit to attending the group weekly. Medical stability is also a requirement.
Day / Time: Wednesday, 2:30pm-4:00pm
Facilitator(s): Lauren Napolitano, Psy.D.
Survivors of Sexual Trauma
This is a group for women survivors of sexual violence. The group will be the best fit for women who experienced sexual violence between 6 months and 4 years ago. This group gives students a confidential space to discuss the impact of these experiences and to receive validation and encouragement. In this group, we will practice self-care and grounding exercises. Our hope is that group members will have space to explore their narratives and (re)claim a sense of ownership and safety. Each group member can share and participate at the level that feels most comfortable.
Day / Time: Wednesday, 4:00pm-5:30pm
Facilitator(s): Hillary Black, MSW, LCSW, and Alexandra Perloe, Ph.D.
Mindfulness (4 weeks)
Mindfulness meditation is a practice that strengthens the mind’s ability to focus on the present moment without being swept away by thoughts about the past and thoughts about the future. It is a practice that helps one to open to what is happening in the moment, with an attitude of kindness and non-judgment. This 4-week program introduces specific mindfulness meditation practices and skills to help manage the busy-ness of the mind and cultivate presence in everyday life. The program includes guided meditation practices and relaxation skills, home practice, discussion and support around practice and supplemental reading on the practice of mindfulness.
Day / Time: Wednesday, 6:00pm-7:30pm (4 weeks, beginning 2/15/17)
Facilitator(s): Galen Smith Born, MSS, LCSW, and Steve Hulcher, Psy.D.
Understanding Self and Others
This general psychotherapy process group is designed to offer students with a variety of concerns an opportunity to come together and offer each other support, feedback, and encouragement as each student works toward personal growth. The group is unstructured, meaning the students decide the topics of discussion and take a greater level of responsibility during the group process than they might in more structured group formats. Topics of discussion include but are not limited to: relationships, stress, family issues, coping with depression and anxiety, academic challenges, and any other concerns brought up by group members.
Day / Time: Wednesday, 6:00pm-7:30pm (starts 1/18/17)
Facilitator(s): Maria Drvoshanov, Psy.D.
Queer Process Group
This group is for students who self-identify along the sexual and/or gender spectrum. Students at all stages of identity formation and expression are welcome. The purpose of this group is to explore common issues of LGBTQ+ individuals including coming out, dating, sexuality, gender identity and expression, discrimination, and personal growth.
Day / Time: Thursday, 3:00pm-4:30pm
Facilitator(s): Lara Nalbandian, Psy.D., and Pegah Eftekharzadeh, B.A.
Mindfulness Based Strengths Practice (MBSP)
This is an 8-session group that brings the practice of mindfulness and the practice of character strengths together. It includes discussions, meditation, strength practices, and weekly exercises. This 8 week group is about engaging more deeply with life. The crux is self-awareness and self- discovery. The course teaches the bases of mindfulness and of character strengths, and offers more advanced, practical ways to integrate the two. It presents a unique angle to living one’s best life, re-discovering happiness, achieving goals, finding deeper meaning in life engagement, and coping with problems. Jon Kabat-Zinn (1990) explains that the purpose of mindfulness is not to point out what is wrong, but to help people find what is right. MBSP opens the door for participants to re-discover and uncover what is right within them.
Day / Time: Friday, 11:30am-1:00pm
Facilitator(s): Brandon LeBarge, M.S., M.Ed., NCC, and Julia Lawrence, B.A.
Learn about your nervous system and how to stabilize it to better deal with stress and distress. Develop specific body-oriented resiliency skills: Tracking, Resourcing, Grounding, Gesturing, Shift & Stay and Help Now! Skills (based on Community Resource Model).
Day / Time: Friday, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Facilitator(s): Kate Connolly, Psy.D., and Julia Lawrence, B.A.
College can be a time of new experiences and discovery. It can also be stressful. This stress can be magnified if you struggle with symptoms of ADHD. The purpose of this group is to help students learn positive and healthy ways of managing their symptoms as well as developing strategies to assist in how they experience college life academically as well as personally. Topics to include: Time Management, Study Skills, Stress Management, The Stigma of ADHD and more.
Day / Time: Friday, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Facilitator(s): Clyde Beverly, Ph.D.
The Social Xchanges group is social learning and recreational group for students who identify as being on the Autistic Spectrum. The group includes discussion of a topic related to social skills and a weekly activity or trip to practice socialization skills and have a recreational opportunity. Topics and trips are planned by the members. Group activities have included a bowling night out, game night, dinner at a local restaurant, trips to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the movies. Students interested in joining the group should contact Michael Hanowitz, LCSW, at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a brief informational/screening interview.
Day / Time: Friday, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Facilitator(s): Michael Hanowitz, MSW, LCSW, and Anahita Madon, Psy.D.