Carnegie Mellon University

Group Therapy & Skills Clinic

Groups at CaPS involve a small number of students meeting together, under the guidance of a trained CaPS therapist, to develop greater capacities to support oneself and each other. Groups can provide powerful opportunities for growth, understanding, and connection. They offer the chance to come together with others to share concerns, explore personal issues, deepen self-understanding, try out new behaviors and new ways of relating, and learn new skills. 

Spring 2022 Virtual Interpersonal Process Group

Providing connection, personal growth and support

Undergraduate Understanding Self & Others

Closed for the semester. 

Facilitator: Abigail Cruz, Ph.D. & Briana Root, Ph.D. 

This group provides a supportive space for undergraduate students to deepen their awareness and acceptance of themselves while also having the opportunity to practice new, more satisfying ways of connecting with others. This group can help you: overcome fears and doubts in social situations, develop a better understanding of how others perceive you, identify your feelings and express yourself to others, increase assertiveness and deal with conflict effectively, and understand the connection between your interpersonal style and your emotional well-being. Contact Abigail Cruz, Ph.D. at for more information. 

Spring 2022 Virtual Support Groups

Providing connection, personal growth and support

Asian Voices Support Group

Canceled.

Facilitator: Abigail Cruz, Ph.D.

The purpose of this group is to provide a supportive and safe space for students who identify within the wide spectrum of Asian/Asian American backgrounds (e.g., East Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, etc.). Students can connect with other Asian American/Asian diaspora students at CMU over a broad range of topics including, but not limited to, identity, cultural values and expectations, academics, racism, and any other issues that participants find relevant. Contact Abigail Cruz, Ph.D. at for more information. 

Anxiety Support Group

Tuesdays, 1:30-3 p.m.

Facilitator: Erin Unkefer, Ph.D.

The Anxiety Support Group is an opportunity for students with anxiety to gather in community for support, validation and connection. This group is a great fit for students who have an awareness of what anxiety is, a sense of how anxiety impacts their life, and some coping skills to manage anxiety already. Contact Erin Unkefer, Ph.D., for more information.

Black Women’s Support Group

Closed for the semester. 

Facilitators: Kym Jordan Simmons, Ph.D. & Ife Sinclair, Ph.D.

This group is a supportive space for students who identity as Black women and provides a space to discuss the complexities of navigating spaces within and outside of CMU. Students can discuss and explore feelings and experiences related to campus climate, stress and coping, racial/ethnic identity, racism/internalized racism, oppression and privilege, microaggressions, intersectionality, self-esteem, relationships, family and other topics of interest. Contact Kym Jordan Simmons, Ph.D. for more information.

Healing from Racial & Ethnic Discrimination Support Group

Canceled. 

Facilitators: Meng Chiang, Ph.D. & Dareen Basma, Ph.D.

Racism, discrimination and systemic oppression play a significant role in how you feel about yourself, your community and the world around. Being directly impacted by any or all of them can feel like an added pressure that you are having to deal with on top of the stress of being a student. If you are feeling that way, know you are not alone. Join our Healing from Discrimination Support Group to understand how discrimination impacts your mind, body and feelings and find ways to work through them in a supportive and healing space. Contact Meng Chiang, Ph.D. for more information.

Ph.D. Student Support Group

Mondays, 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Facilitators: Ife Sinclair, Ph.D. & Kym  Jordan Simmons, Ph.D

This support group offers for Ph.D. students intends to offer a confidential space in which to talk about the stressors related to academics/research, life, emotions, and relationships. Share your experience. Get support, empathy, and suggestions. Topics discussed include relationships with advisors and peers, academic hazing, navigating academic milestones, struggles with self-confidence and imposter syndrome, cultural adjustment concerns, and efforts to lead a balanced life. Given our intention to nurture a sense of safety in this group, we want to ensure that members do not belong to the same lab or program. A 30-minute, individual pre-group consultation is required. Meeting does not obligate you to join. Please contact Ife Sinclair or Kym Jordan Simmons if you’re interested.

Spring 2022 Virtual Skills Clinics

Providing education, skill development and support

Self-Compassion Skills Clinic: Five-Week Series

Mondays, March 14, 21, 28 & April 4, & 11, 2:30-4 p.m.

Facilitator: Briana Root, Ph.D.

Many of us readily offer warmth and support to friends who are struggling, yet respond to our own difficult experiences with harsh judgment and self-criticism. Many of us also believe that to succeed, we must be relentlessly tough on ourselves. Research shows, however, that in the long run, self-criticism is linked with symptoms of anxiety and depression. The practice of self-compassion, which incorporates mindfulness techniques, teaches us how to show up for ourselves when we need it the most: when we are struggling, when we fail, when we notice something about ourselves that we don’t like. In this five-week skills clinic, you’ll learn how to stop beating yourself up with self-criticism and how to increase your resilience in meeting your more difficult experiences. This skills clinic will include didactic and experiential components, and will provide you a supportive and interactive environment to develop your own personalized self-compassion practice. Contact Briana Root, Ph.D. for more information.

Tools to Manage Anxiety Skills Clinic: Four-Week Series

Tuesdays, 1:30-3 p.m.
April 5, 12, 19, 26

Facilitator: Sara Troupe, Psy.D.

At this four-week skills clinic, we will learn about anxiety and develop your own toolbox of skills to manage anxiety through practice. Contact Sara Troupe, Psy.D. for more information.

Understanding My Emotional Thermostat: Three-Week Series

Wednesdays, 6:15-7:30 p.m.
March 30, April 6, 13

Facilitator: Sara Troupe, Psy.D.

As humans, we all experience fluctuations in our emotions. This skills clinic is an opportunity for you to increase your understanding of your emotional reactions and develop skills to manage heightened emotions that can feel overwhelming and distressing at times. Increasing your awareness and understanding of your emotional experience will help you manage your emotions more effectively and make choices that improve the situation, rather than making matters worse. This skills clinic will help students increase awareness of emotion-provoking buttons, understand what happens biologically when experiencing negative emotions, recognize when in crisis, and develop crisis survival skills to decrease the intensity of emotions. Contact Sara Troupe, Psy.D. for more information.

Executive Functioning Skills Clinic: Three-Week Series

Wednesdays, March 23, 30, April 6th, 3-4 p.m.

Facilitators: Erin Unkefer, Ph.D. & Susan Morine, M.D.

This skills clinic is ideal for students with concerns related to attention/concentration, time management/planning, procrastination and motivation. We will identify goals, strengths and areas for growth for each student. Those diagnosed with ADHD might benefit from the executive functioning training provided, but a diagnosis of ADHD is not required. In fact, many people who struggle with executive functioning impairment may not have ADHD. Contact Erin Unkefer, Psy.D. for more information.