What is Group Therapy?

  • Group Therapy is intended for you to gain peer support in dealing with personal or interpersonal challenges.
  • It can be especially effective for people interested in exploring their interpersonal style and enhancing their approach to relationships in such areas as trust, intimacy, anger, conflict, assertiveness, taking risks, or improving self-esteem.

Group Confidentiality

One of the most important aspects of Group Therapy is the trust that is built between members.  Each member must be prepared to make a commitment of confidentiality and respect for each of their fellow members.  Depending on the group, some other commitments might include agreeing to come for a minimum number of sessions, coming to every group meeting or calling if you have to miss a group.  As in any relationship, the development of trust, cohesion, and a sense of safety allows people to talk personally and honestly.


We offer a variety of groups...

Undergraduate Student Therapy Group

College can be an overwhelming experience. Therefore, each week, we provide time for undergrad students to freely discuss concerns or challenges they may be having. Some of these concerns may include unsatisfactory relationships (family, friends, or romantic), isolation, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and academic pressures. Members will help each other better understand their difficulties and will support each other through the process of positive change.

Thursdays 11:00-12:00pm

Group Leader:  Jodi Pendroy, Psy.D.;  Ekaterina Amarando, M.S.

Currently Accepting Referrals

Graduate Student Therapy Group

Being a graduate student can be stressful, therefore, we provide time each week for members to discuss concerns or challenges they may be struggling with. This might include (but is not limited to) themes such as developing more satisfying relationships (romantic, friendships, or familial), coping with the demands of academic life, adjusting to life transitions, self-identity, etc.

Tuesdays 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Group Leaders: Eric Rose, Ph.D.;  Reisha Moxley, M.Ed.

Currently Accepting Referrals

Dissertation Group

Working on a dissertation can sometimes feel lonely, overwhelming, and can seem never-ending.  Join with other advanced graduate students to share suggestions, encouragement, and support.  Topics discussed include motivation, time and workload management, self-doubt, perfectionism, dealing with faculty, and balancing dissertation with other things in your life.

Tuesdays 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Group Leaders: Barbara Baum, Ph.D.

Currently Accepting Referrals

Anxiety & Stress Managment Group

A 5-week psycho-education and skill based group that teaches members about the nature of anxiety and the different ways in which it affects us; as well as teaches coping skills to reduce anxiety, decrease stress levels and improve overall emotional well-being.

Fridays 3:00-4:00pm (Starting March 27, 2015)

Group Leaders: Rosemary Nicolosi, Psy.D.;  Emily Dreiling, M.A., M.F.T.

Currently Accepting Referrals

Substance Use Harm Reduction Group

This confidential group is designed for undergraduates and graduates who have experienced negative consequences with substance use and want to reduce the likelihood of future harm, are questioning whether or not substance use is a problem, or are considering changing their relationship with alcohol or other drugs.  The goal of this group is for members to gain insight into their relationship with substances and to make decisions about substance use change.

Date and Time To Be Announced

Group Leader:
Fred Gager, Psy.D.

Currently Accepting Referrals

International Student Support Group

Due to changes in cultural values, communication patterns, academic standards, and general lifestyle differences, adjusting to college can be a difficult process for many international students.  These changes can potentially bring about confusion, loneliness, and stress.  We are planning to start a support group on Mondays from 1 to 2:30 pm where you can come and talk with other international students who are experiencing similar issues and learn effective coping strategies.  We will also talk about American culture and norms.  For more information, please contact Dr. Garima Lamba @ 410-516-8278.

Date and Time To Be Announced

Group Leader:
Garima Lamba, Ph.D.

Currently Accepting Referrals

LGBTQ Student Support Group (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning)

Are you a member of the LGBTQ community?  Are you questioning whether you might be?  Join this confidential, weekly support group to share with people like you - in a safe space.  Topics will be at your discretion but might include:  coming out to family and friends; exploring your sexual and gender identity with mindfulness about one's intersectionality; negotiating challenging social interactions; sharing your emotions about your general state of mind; or exploring the world of dating and relationship building.  Come gain and give support, knowledge, and experience.

Mondays 12:30 - 2:00pm

Group Leader:
Rosemary Nicolosi, Psy.D.

Currently Accepting Referrals

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Being 'mindful' means directing attention towards one's experience of the present moment, in a non-judgmental way.  Meditation has long been used as a tool for cultivating a more mindful awareness.  In recent years, research has shown that regular practice of mindfulness meditation can improve mood and reduce the negative effects of stress.  This semester, we are offering an introduction to the practice of mindfulness meditation.  This group will meet for one hour a week, over a six week period.  There will be an experiential (meditation) component each week.  No previous experience with meditation is required.  Enrollment is open to all undergraduate and graduate students.  Interested students should contact Dr. Jodi Pendroy to schedule a brief screening to determine if meditation is right for his or her needs.

Here is an example of weekly offerings (subject to change):

Week 1 - Stepping out of auto-pilot: how mindful awareness differs from routines as usual
Week 2 - Radical acceptance: learning to practice self-compassion
Week 3 - Everything changes: learning to accept change and get through the present moment
Week 4 - Body and mind: attending to the wisdom of the body, and listening to thoughts as 'stories'
Week 5 - Avoiding experience and obsessing over experience: mindfulness as healthy middle ground
Week 6 - Review: making use of tools from group in everyday life

Mondays 5:00-6:00pm  (March 23, 2015 - April 27, 2015)

Group Leader:
Jodi Pendroy, Psy.D.

No Longer Accepting Referrals

Students of Color Discussion Group

The focus of the Students of Color (SOC) Support Group is to provide a safe and supportive place to assist students of color in navigating the academic and social pressures involved with being a student of color at a predominantly White institution.  If you'd like a place to meet other students of color, talk about your experiences, and find encouragement to reach your goals, this group is a great place for you to get and give support.  Discussion topics can include loneliness, racism and discrimination, family, peer, and academic relationship struggles, academic issues, sadness, anxiety, low self-esteem, low motivation, health problems, and other concerns.  The SOC Group leader is Dr. Leslie Leathers, a woman of color (who attended a predominantly White institution).  Group sessions are free and confidential and open to JHU students.  Call the Counseling Center at (410)516-8278 to ask any questions or to set up an screening appointment.

Thursdays 5:00-6:00pm

Group Leaders: Leslie Leathers, Ph.D.;  Reisha Moxley, M.Ed.

Currently Accepting Referrals

Eating Disorder Treatment Group

The transitions and stresses within academia inevitably challenge one's resolve to maintain recovery from an eating disorder -- whether anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder.  This group will provide a refresher in relapse prevention skills as well as a safe environment in which to seek out a sense of community and support in maintaining your recovery.

Tuesdays 11:45am - 1:00pm

Group Leader:
Justin Massey, Psy.D.

Currently Accepting Referrals


Solidify a positive body image or fight a primarily negative one by joining this mixed educational and process-oriented interactive group in which women will explore the history of body objectification and the promotion of dieting culture among women in American culture.  Participants will be invited (but not required) to share and receive support around their relevant personal experiences.

Date and Time To Be Announced

Group Leader: Emily Massey, Psy. D

Currently Accepting Referrals

Living With a Mood Disorder

This discussion group is designed for graduate and undergraduate students who have been diagnosed and treated for Major Depressive Disorder or Bipolar Disorder.  Questions addressed by the group include: How does my diagnosis impact how I feel about myself?  How might mood disorder impact my future?  Will I need to alter my life plans because of my mood disorder?  What is the role of acceptance in managing my illness?  Am I different from others?

Date and Time To Be Announced

Group Leader:  Fred Gager, Psy.D.

Currently Accepting Referrals

Men's Group

The Men's Group is open to graduate and undergraduate students.  This group will provide an opportunity for men to talk about issues in their lives while receiving support and feedback from other men.  The focus of the group will be adjusted to the needs of its members.  Relationship issues, stress management, drug and alcohol use, school, career, dating, and communication skills are common topics of conversation.  The goals for this group will be determined by its members.

Date and Time To Be Announced

Group Leader:  Justin Massey, Psy.D.

Currently Accepting Referrals


Gott Love?

Based on 40 years of research from the Gottman's Institute's "Love Lab", dozens of scientifically-based principles known to contribute to lasting couples relationships.  Along with the confidence that you can build an incredibly satisfying romantic relationship with a current or future partner, you will take home numerous handouts, tools and tips to help you build a Sound Relationship House.  This group will be primarily educational in nature, with self-disclosure optional for all participants.  No prerequisite required.

Date and Time To Be Announced

Group Leader: 
Emily Massey, Psy.D.;  Ekaterina Amarando, M.S.

Currently Accepting Referrals

Living With Loss Support Group

Losing someone or something you love or care deeply about can be a painful experience.  Some types of losses my include death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, losing one's health, losing support of family, etc.  There is no wrong or right way to grieve but there are some healthier ways of coping with the pain.  This group aims to provide a safe and supportive setting to process your experience with others who understand.

Thursdays 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Group Leader:  Garima Lamba, Ph.D.;  Jessica Oddo, M.A., M.S.

Currently Accepting Referrals


Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skill Group is a six-week psychoeducational group.  Participants will learn mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, crisis survival, and interpersonal effectiveness skills.  Participants will have the opportunity to practice skills and receive feedback from the group members and group facilitator.

Date and Time To Be Announced

Group Leader:  Justin Massey, Psy.D.;  Emily Dreiling, M.A., M.F.T.

Currently Accepting Referrals


Disability Support Group

This group is a safe space to help and support students with all different disablilites and illnesses.  The group facilitators strive to foster an environment that encourages peer support and discussion around the challenges and unique stressors of living with a disability or illness.  Group members are invited to explore and process how their respective statuses affect their development and influence their perceptions of self and others.  Topics may include coping strategies, managing life demands (academic, social life, etc.) and navigating academia in an able-bodied world.

Date and Time To Be Announced

Group Leader:  Jodi Pendroy, Psy.D.

Currently Accepting Referrals


If you are interested in joining a group or want more information about these or other groups, please contact our group leaders at 410-516-8278, or email Jodi Pendroy, Psy.D., Group Therapy Coordinator, at jpendroy@jhu.edu.

Counseling Center staff members may also be available for single session programs on topics such as dealing with depression, stress management, grief and loss, or other issues that you may have interest in.  For more information, contact Garima Lamba, Ph.D., Outreach Coordinator, at 410-516-8278 or glamba1@jhu..edu