Group Counseling

Group counseling is a popular and beneficial CAPS service. Individuals meet weekly with other group members and one or two clinicians to explore new ways of coping, behaving, and interacting with others. Understanding Self and Others groups are interpersonal process groups that focus on a variety of common concerns. CAPS also offers different Psycho-Educational Groups (e.g.Mindfulness Meditation, Emotional Skills Building) and Theme Groups (e.g. LGBTQIA group, Men’s group) each semester. There are no fees for students to participate in group if they are currently enrolled in classes at University of Houston.


General Process Group Descriptions

Understanding Self and Others
This group is a good match for those who may feel socially isolated, have difficulties connecting with others, suffer from excessive self-criticism, or have problems asserting themselves in relationships. In this group members give feedback to each other by expressing their thoughts and feelings about what others say or do in group. What makes this situation unique is that facilitators try to make it safe for members to try out new behaviors such as increasing assertiveness or improving communication skills. This is also a place where group members can learn more about themselves and how others perceive them. Understanding Self and Others groups are a good match for those wanting a mixture of support and feedback regarding their goals and how they relate to others.


Psychoeducational Group Descriptions

Cougar Coping / Beat the Blues
This group is for anyone who wants to improve their mood and self-confidence. It meets weekly for 1½ hours and will run for 10 weeks during the semester. Throughout the group, students learn skills that increase self-awareness, help them to identify personal strengths, and assist them in successfully navigating life’s difficulties. This group uses educational materials, homework exercises, and interpersonal process between group members to help students meet their therapy goals. Exercises and educational materials are based on Cognitive-Behavioral therapy.

Emotional Skills Building Group
This is a skills-based group aimed at helping students enhance their ability to recognize and understand their emotions within a safe environment. More specifically, this group aims to help members become comfortable with change through such activities as problem-solving exercises, understanding obstacles to change, and increasing positive emotions. Ultimately, the goal of this group is to help members improve their overall quality of daily life and interpersonal relationships by helping members enhance their understanding of their emotions.

Mindfulness and Meditation Group
The Mindfulness and Meditation group is for those interested in learning to manage difficulties such as anxiety, negative thought patterns, worry, or depression. The group meets weekly for 1½ hours and runs for 6 weeks at a time. The group teaches different ways of practicing mindfulness, such as breathing skills, becoming aware of feelings and thoughts, understanding physical sensations, and how to effectively manage interpersonal relationships. Each group includes learning a new skill, time to talk about how your practice is going, feedback from group members and weekly homework assignments.


Themed Group Descriptions

Navigating Social Waters
This group is for students who feel anxious about interacting with others or being the center of attention (e.g., giving a presentation). These students will most likely benefit from learning about their anxiety and learning tools to combat it, which is the focus of this group. This group will provide coping skills and techniques, as well as discussion of thoughts and feelings that occur in the group sessions. The small group format provides an unbeatable opportunity for members to practice engaging in interpersonal situations in new ways.

Rainbow Coogs / LGBTQIA Support and Process Group
The LGBTQIA Group provides a supportive, safe, affirming, and confidential place to discuss sexual orientation, coming out, family concerns, community resources and support, and religion and spirituality among other various topics. This group also provides an opportunity to learn more about how to relate to others and explore new options for relating while in an encouraging environment with other students within the LGBTQIA community.

Women of Worth (W.O.W.) Group
The Women's group will be a safe place for females to process women’s issues such as interpersonal relationship difficulties, trauma, and struggles to gain a balance in life. Group will be process oriented and will allow women a safe place to express their feelings and receive support from individuals struggling with similar issues.

Cultural Connections Group
This is a group for people of color who want to explore connecting to who they are as individuals and as members of an ethnic community. The group will explore diverse relationships among ethnic group traditions and values, social standards, and personal wishes. Topics may include: cultural beliefs/myths, personal meaning, cultural connections, and other conversations chosen by group members.

First in the Family Group
This is a group for undergraduate students and provides a space to discuss the challenges and strengths of being the first person in your family to seek a college degree in the United States. Topics discussed include: resources at UH, managing stress, academic and family expectations, doubts about graduation, graduate school, family and university culture, talking to family about college, and other related themes.

International Processes Group
This is a group for students integrating into the US society who wish to explore their identities as individuals and as members of the international community. Further, the group will provide students with a safe and supportive space to explore struggles they may be encountering as a result of adjustment to transitions between cultures. The group will examine the intersection between societal standards, communal membership and personal values and allow students to process their feelings regarding these and other related topics.


Spring 2014 Group Offerings


Day Time Title
Monday 10:00am – 11:30am Understanding Self and Others
Monday 3:00pm – 4:30pm Navigating Social Waters
Monday 5:00pm – 6:30pm Cultural Connections
Tuesday 10:30am – 12:00pm Understanding Self and Others - Spanish Speakers Only
Tuesday 1:00pm – 2:30pm Understanding Self and Others
Tuesday 3:00pm – 5:00pm Mindfulness and Meditation
Wednesday 10:30am – 12:00pm Cougar Coping / Beat the Blues
Wednesday 1:00pm – 2:30pm Body Positive
Wednesday 2:30pm – 4:30pm Understanding Self and Others
Thursday 10:30am – 12:00pm Emotional Skills Building
Thursday 3:00pm – 4:30pm W.O.W. (Women of Worth)
Friday 10:00am – 11:30am International Processes
Friday 10:30am – 12:00pm Navigating Social Waters
Friday 1:00pm – 2:30pm Understanding Self and Others
Friday 2:00pm – 3:30pm Rainbow Coogs/LGBTQIA Support and Process
If you are interested in our group counseling options, please call (713) 743-5454 for an initial consultation appointment.

Introduction to Group Therapy Video