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Group Counseling

Group counseling is often the most beneficial option for addressing many student concerns. This is particularly true for students wanting to better understand themselves, aspects of their identities, and how they relate to others. CAPS group services are free and unlimited.  Please see individual group sections and descriptions for more information about how to join.

Therapy Groups & Themed/Discussion Groups

The groups listed below will meet weekly throughout the semester and typically consist of 5-10 students.  For most groups, an informational pre-group meeting with the group facilitators is scheduled before you join the group.  Each group will be offered either virtually via Zoom or in-person.  Please check individual group descriptions for details about format.  If you are interested in joining one of these groups, please call us at (704) 687-0311.

Tuesdays| 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Format flexible/TBD)
Terrence Harper II, Ph.D. & Nic Williams, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

This group will discuss the impact of identity (including how we understand ourselves and how we are understood) on wellbeing.  Typical issues discussed include societal expectations, relationships and isolation, perceptions of strength, spirituality, sexual identity, intra-racial diversity, power/oppression, dealing with pressures, and coping with racism.  In developing awareness of the multiple impacts on Black masculinity, this group endeavors to empower students to define for themselves how they hope to move in the world.

Mondays | 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (Zoom)
Phylicia Currence, LCSW & Mar'Kayla Walker-Jones, Ph.D, MSSW

Thursdays | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (In-person)
Shaakira Jones, Ph.D & Amani Davis, MA

This group will discuss issues of cultural uniqueness and the impact that it has on the balance of work/academic/personal relationships. Discussions include perceptions of competence, disparities, and identity development as they relate to physical and emotional health.

Mondays | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Flexible)
Emily Keller, MA, MS

This group will provide a space for conversation among graduate students about various aspects of work, academic, cultural, and personal life. Students will support each other and discuss collective wisdom around different challenges in the complexities of life at UNC Charlotte. The focus of discussion will evolve from the present concerns of members.

Tuesdays | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (Flexible)
Eva Gonzalez, LCSW & Ameenah Ikram, MA

This group is designed for women (or those socialized as women) who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or other People of Color) or who have minoritized racial/ethnic identities.  In this supportive and empowering environment, we will discuss issues of cultural, racial, and ethnic identity and the impact they have on relationships, academics, and work.  We will explore how identities impact issues related to power, privilege, and oppression.  Discussions may include self-worth, families, disparities, perceptions of academic success, and identity development as they relate to physical and emotional health.

Mondays |  2:30 PM - 4:00 PM  (In-person)
Emily Brown, PhD & Leslie Snapper, MA

Do you ever feel anxious when meeting new people, dating, going to a party or meeting, or approaching professors? High levels of social anxiety can negatively impact your relationships and even affect your classroom experiences and academic success. This workshop focuses on identifying fears related to social situations and provides psychological education, support, and the opportunity to develop skills to manage a variety of social situations and increase your social confidence.

Wednesdays| 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (Zoom)
Terri Rhodes, Ph.D & Emily Keller, MA, MS

This therapy group is for woman-identified students who are interested in seeking support from others as they journey through recovery from sexual trauma.  This group will include learning how to cope with emotions surrounding trauma, helping members feel less alone in their journey, and providing support as members process feelings and beliefs associated with their trauma.

For individuals identifying as men or other gender identities who are interested in a similar service, please contact Renita Sengupta (

Wednesdays | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Format flexible)
Erin Albert, Ph.D. & Alexis Mitchell, M.A.

This supportive group is designed for individuals who identify within the LGBTQ+ community, who use other labels, or choose not to identify with a label to express their sexual or gender fluidity. or who use other labels or choose not to identify with a label to express their sexual or gender fluidity. Together we will create a safe place to discuss identities, community, coming out, self-esteem, relationships, sexuality, the “isms,” and other topics of interest to group members.

Tuesday | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (Flexible)
Libby Malone, Ph.D & Amani Davis, MA

Wednesdays| 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (In-Person)
Renita Sengupta, Psy.D. & Lucas Goodwin, MA

Thursdays | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (In-person)
Aaron Brink, Ph.D. & Ameenah Ikram, MA

These therapy groups are designed for students who are interested in understanding themselves and their relationships, learning to communicate more effectively with others, and gaining support from peers. Through building a caring, supportive, and collaborative environment, these groups help members learn more about the ways they interact with others, while also developing greater self-awareness and a healthy self-concept.


Community Drop-in Spaces

The community drop-in spaces below provide monthly, drop-in support for students with shared identities or experiences.  These drop-in spaces do not require any pre-group meeting, registration, or prior contact with CAPS.  Simply show up at the designated in-person location, or click the zoom link to join on the specified date and time.

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