Carnegie Mellon University

Group & Skills Clinic

Group is one of the most effective tool for addressing the issues commonly faced by college students.  For many students, the hands-on nature of group can be more effective than individual therapy.
CaPS skills clinic, support groups, and group therapy provide a safe place for students to come together in small groups, share the personal issues and concers they have in common, and learn new coping skills.  Most students find that groups exceeded their expectations and helped them deepen self-understanding, cope with challenges, and practice social skills. 

How to Join or Learn More:
There are several ways to begin your group experience.  You can email a group facilitator, listed below, to schedule a short information session and see if the group is right for you.  If you are already seeing a CaPS therapist, you may also ask them about joining the group.  Finally, you can contact CaPS during business hours at 412-268-2922.

Fall 2022 Skills Clinics

Providing education, skill development and support

Tools to Manage Anxiety Skills Clinic: Four-Week Series

Tuesdays, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
October 4, 11, 25, & November 1

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

Fridays, 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
October 21, 28, & November 4

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

Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
September 29, October 6 & October 13  

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.

Fall 2022 Support Groups

Providing connection, personal growth and support

Anxiety Support Group

Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 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 lives, and some coping skills to manage anxiety.  This support group will be a space to discuss how you've implemented anxiety management skills in every day life.  Often students complet the Tools to Manage Anxiety Skills Clinic before joining the Anxiety Support Group, however it is not required. Contact Erin Unkefer, Ph.D., for more information.

Black Women’s Support Group

Day/Time determined by participant's shared availability. 

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

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

Mondays, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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

LGBTQIA+ Support and Social Group

Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Facilitator: Jayme Jenkins, Ph.D. 

Drop in any Tuesday night for a supportive hang out iwth other LGBTQIA+ students. We will give and get support, while sharing the skills needed to more safely navigate teh wider cis-hetero centered society. This is a safer space to talk all thins gender, sexual orientaiton, body neutrality/positivity, coming out, and existing as a person within the LGBTQIA+ community. If it is your first time, reach out first to schedule your pre-group info session. Contact Jayme Jenkins, Ph.D. for more information.

PhD Support Group

Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Virtual

Facilitator: Kym Jordan Simmons, Ph.D.

The PhD Support Group offers space to confidentially discuss the stressors and challenges of navigating relationships with advisors and peers, academic milestones, academic hazing, low motivation, struggles with self-confidence, and efforts to lead a more balanced life. Group members typically share their experiences, offer and receive support and connect with others during group meetings.  The group is able to accommodate no more than one student per program/lab. Contact Kym Jordan Simmons, Ph.D. to schedule a 30-minute consultation meeting to discuss the group and answer questions.

Fall 2022 Interpersonal Process Group

Providing connection, personal growth and support

Undergraduate Understanding Self & Others

Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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

A supportive space for 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.