The Catholic University of America


Current and Upcoming Groups


Unless otherwise noted, therapy groups require a pre-screen meeting with the group co-facilitators before joining. Most groups close to new members mid-semester and will re-open to new members at the start of the next semester. For more information, interested students can contact the Counseling Center.


Fall 2018


Understanding Self and Others

Mondays, 5:10-6:30 pm

Co-led by Michael Helfer, Ph.D. & Bradley Bryk, M.A.


Are you interested in improving your relationships with other people? Would you like to become more comfortable opening up to others or managing conflict? Do you experience difficulty asking for help or dealing with criticism? Do you worry about how others perceive you? These are common experiences for many students. If you experience any of these concerns, you may benefit from the Understanding Self and Others group. Topics will vary from week to week depending on group members’ needs and includes a wide range of subjects. This group offers a safe environment in which participants can develop insight about themselves and their relationship patterns, identify and explore feelings, give and receive support and feedback, and experiment with new ideas and behaviors.


Status: Not yet started. Interested students can sign up for an intake and pre-screen appointment.


The Body Project

Tuesdays, 5:10-6:30 pm

Co-led by Kristin Zauel, Ph.D. & Frances Mallari, M.Phil.


Do you like what you see in the mirror?  The Body Project is a new group at Catholic U aimed at helping college students feel better about their bodies.  It will focus on providing tools and skills to confront unrealistic beauty ideals and engage in the development of healthy body image.  The group will provide a safe forum for students to challenge the beauty-ideal through verbal, written, and behavioral exercises.  The program has been conducted on campuses across the US and has been found to improve body satisfaction, reduce risk for eating disorders, and improve school and social functioning.  


Status: Not yet started. Interested students can sign up for an intake and pre-screen appointment.


Stress Management 101

Wednesdays, 5:10-6:30 pm

Co-led by Lizzy Mass, LICSW & Becca Kim, M.A.


Stressed out? Who isn’t?  Being a student is really, really stressful. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by the stress of exams, papers, extracurricular demands, and even your social life, join Stress Management 101 and learn to stress smarter.  In four short weeks, Stress Management 101 will equip you with myriad stress management strategies and help you build a healthier relationship with your stress. This group will include videos, group discussion, and activities, and will have a specific focus on diaphragmatic breathing and mindfulness.  


Status: Not yet started. Interested students can sign up for an intake. No pre-screen required.



Thursdays, 5:10-6:30 pm

111 O'Boyle

Co-led by Sarah Godoy, Ph.D. & Bradley Bryk, M.A.


Just as every individual colored stone becomes part of and forms a larger piece of art, the diversity of all individual Catholic U students contributes in a meaningful way to the campus culture of love, respect, and inclusiveness. Mosaic provides an environment where LGBT-identified and straight students can come together to learn about available resources, discuss various topics related to personal wellness, and build a supportive network with other students and members of the Catholic U community.


Status: Started and always open to new members. No intake or pre-screen required. 


Confident Cardinals

Fridays, 1:10 pm to 2:30 pm

Co-led by Mark LaSota, Ph.D. & Frances Mallari, M.Phil.


Do you experience nervousness or awkwardness in social situations? Are you bothered by meeting new people or speaking in front of others? The Confident Cardinals group is based on scientific research and has been developed to assist students with social difficulties learn to cope with anxious thoughts and feelings and become more comfortable in social situations. Students can learn and practice specific social skills in a small and supportive group setting, all while building the social confidence that will enhance their college experience!


Status: Not yet started. Interested students can sign up for an intake and pre-screen appointment.


Empowerment Group

Fridays, 3:10-4:30 pm

Led by Karen Miller, LICSW & Becca Kim, M.A.


The Empowerment Group is a safe, confidential therapy group for female-identified survivors of unwanted sexual experiences. This group focuses on recovery and empowerment, and it is intended to provide a space where survivors can process their experiences, connect to a survivor community, and support each other. Topics are chosen by group members and may include self-care; managing feelings of guilt, blame, and anger; relationships and dating; and spirituality and identity questions.


Status: Not yet started. Interested students can sign up for an intake and pre-screen appointment.




*Mosaic is a drop-in group and does not require an intake or pre-screen to attend. All are welcome!