Group Counseling

Students may choose to participate in one of our psychoeducational, psychotherapeutic, or support groups. Offerings for Spring 2019 Groups/Workshop Series are posted below.  Please check back frequently as more will be added as the semester begins.

Groups vary a great deal in content and format. Some are educational and curriculum-based and may feel like small seminars in which the leader instructs the participants with some discussion. Groups designed to teach study skills or coping strategies are examples. Other groups are designed to provide support for particular populations of students, such as international or GLBTQ students. Support groups are generally unstructured and informal, and the content is largely determined by the students in attendance. Other groups are more traditionally psychotherapeutic in nature, and the leader or co-leaders guide the participants in discussions of relevant topics. Whatever the format and content, group counseling can be intimidating to students at first because it may feel frightening to share personal thoughts, feelings, and experiences with a number of peers at once. However, once the initial anxiety is overcome, groups can provide relief, comfort, and support to participants. Most people find it very reassuring to talk with others who have similar feelings and life experiences, and a group can be a powerful tool for healing and change.

The makeup of groups will change from year to year and even semester to semester. Students who are currently seeing a CAPS therapist can speak directly to him or her about the possibility of joining a group. Other interested students should see check out the groups below and then call Chariklia Flanagan at 860.685.3143 to inquire about participation. It is likely that interested students will be asked to meet briefly with a therapist to ensure that participation in a group is the right decision.

Current - Spring 2019 Groups/Workshop Series:

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do 

What / Who
Breaking Up is Hard to Do is a NEW 5 session workshop series for anyone affected by a breakup—directly or indirectly, in all its phases; before, during or after. 
Every Monday beginning on 2/4/19 and ending on 3/4/19 from 4:30-5:20 pm
CAPS Solarium - CAPS Is located at the Davison Health Center on the second floor. Once upstairs you can follow signs to the Solarium.
Topics Covered
Understanding relationships, love and grief.
Healthy coping and Self-care
Decision making tips!
Moving on
Who am I now?

If you are interested, please complete the brief online questionnaire at: by 5 pm on Thursday, January 31st.
Questions? Please contact Priya Senecal, LPC at:

Intuitive Eating

This is a 5-week workshop series for female-identified students interested in developing a healthier relationship with food and strengthening intuitive eating skills.

  • Break away from dieting and improve intuitive eating skills (i.e. conscious eating based on hunger/fullness signals while respecting taste preferences and nutrition).
  • Learn tools to separate physical from emotional eating, calm feelings of guilt and anxiety associated with eating, and overcome disordered eating behaviors (e.g. restrictive eating, food/body preoccupation, emotional overeating, and binge eating).

The workshop series will meet on Tuesdays from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm beginning February 5th, 2019 in the Solarium (2nd floor) – Davison Health Center.

If you are interested, please complete the brief online questionnaire at  by Wednesday, January 30th.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Ginnie Taylor at

Taming Your Social Anxiety

This is a 6-session workshop series for students who want to develop their social confidence.  Students will learn how to shift from “Safety Mode” to “Vital-Action Mode.”

The workshop series will meet on Fridays from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm beginning February 1st, 2019 in the Solarium (2nd Floor) – Davison Health Center.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Smith Kidkarndee at

Student-Athlete Support Network (SASN)

SASN is a series of six 1-hour sessions that prepares student-athletes with the skills and information they need to be able to respond effectively when their teammates are struggling.  Participating athletes will learn about a variety of mental health topics that impact athletes, become familiar with the signs that a teammate may be experiencing mental health concerns, and gain practice talking with teammates who are struggling.

Please contact Jennie Setaro at for more information or to apply to this program.

WESupport Workshop Series

Hey Wesleyan!  CAPS is excited to offer the very popular WESupport workshop series this fall.  WESupport is a series of six 1-hour sessions aimed at preparing students to be peer mental health advocates.  Participating students will learn about a variety of mental health topics, become familiar with the signs that a friend or acquaintance may be in distress, gain practice talking with someone who is struggling, and become familiar with both campus and community resources.

The workshop will be capped at 15 attendees…. if you are interested, please email Dr. D’Andrea at .   The spaces will fill quickly, so if you want to participate and are ready to commit to all 6 sessions contact us as soon as possible.

We hope to see you at WESupport!

Understanding Self and Others: A Group for Female-Identified Students

This group will help you better understand yourself, how you relate to others, how others relate to you, and new ways of connecting to others. It is designed for female-identified students who:

  • Have concerns about important relationships
  • Can feel dissatisfied, frustrated, or angry in groups
  • Experience difficulty trusting others
  • Struggle to forge meaningful relationships
  • Feel they have to please others
  • Struggle to communicate thoughts, feelings, and needs directly
  • Feel controlling (or easily controlled) in relationships
  • Feel lonely
This is a “closed” group, which means new members cannot join once the group has begun.   If you are interested in joining, please use the link below to complete the survey.


(Sponsored by the office of Counseling and Psychological Services)

Meets: Weekly
Time: 8 pm
Location: Solarium (Room 201)
(2nd fl., Davison Health Center)

Intended to create a network of support for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Please feel free to come and leave when it is convenient for you.

For more information please contact: or