What are the benefits of group counseling? 

Group counseling is a great way to address your concerns. It can provide a safe place to: 

  • Talk through issues and receive feedback 

  • Discover that others have had similar worries or experiences 

  • Gain connection and mutual support 

  • Try out new behaviors and skills, such as asserting yourself, addressing conflict or being open with others 

Research shows there is value in both individual and group counseling, with each distinct type of treatment useful in its own way. For example, a unique advantage of group counseling is the ability to work through interpersonal concerns with peers.

We also encourage you to join us for Mindful Mondays, a weekly guided meditation group open to all UAlbany students, faculty and staff. No registration or previous experience is required. 

Note: Please visit the Collegiate Recovery Program page for information on substance use recovery groups. 

 

How do I join a CAPS group? 

There are two ways to join a CAPS group:

  • Make an appointment to meet with one of our clinicians. Hearing about your concerns will help us determine what services make sense for you, so this is a good option for students who are unsure whether they need individual or group counseling, or who aren't sure which group to join.

  • Contact the group leader (listed below) to schedule a required pre-group appointment. This is a good option for students who know which group they want to join.

You’ll receive further information — such as the group’s schedule and location — after meeting with a clinician or the group leader. (Group leaders are also CAPS clinicians.)

Periodically, some groups fill up or we determine a particular group isn’t the right fit for a student. In those cases, individual counseling is an excellent alternative. Visit the CAPS page for more information. 

 

Skill Building Groups 

Anxiety Management

Learn skills to manage anxiety during this virtual, weekly group that meets for four sessions.

Group Leader: Dr. Brian Freidenberg, [email protected]

Coping with Difficult Emotions

Learn skills to help tolerate and manage challenging emotions during this in-person, weekly group that meets for eight sessions.   

Group Leaders: Dr. Sara Cunningham, [email protected], and Dr. Erin Cannella, [email protected] 

Depression Management

Learn skills to manage depression during this virtual, weekly group that meets for four sessions.

Group Leader: Dr. Brian Freidenberg, [email protected]

First Step Together: First-Year & Transfer Students

Learn about adjustment and help/support others who are new to UAlbany during this virtual, weekly group that meets for four sessions.  

Group Leader: Dr. Jennifer Ho, [email protected]

International Circle: Thriving in a New Land

Learn to connect and discuss resources, coping and communication skills during this virtual, weekly group that meets for four sessions.

Group Leader: Dr. Jennifer Ho, [email protected]

Support & Empowerment Groups

Gender Identity Support & Empowerment

Connect and share experiences related to gender with other non-binary and trans students during this virtual, weekly group.

Group Leader: Cavanaugh Quick, [email protected]

Graduate Student Support

Make connections, gain support and navigate grad school stress during this virtual, bi-weekly group.   

Group Leaders: Dr. Ranjit Bhagwat, [email protected], and Dr. Sara Cunningham, [email protected]

Grief Support

Connect with others who are grieving the loss of a loved one during this in-person, weekly group.   

Group Leader: Dr. Sara Cunningham, [email protected]

Sexual Identity Support & Empowerment

Connect and share experiences related to sexual identity during this virtual, weekly group. 

Group Leaders: Dr. Robert Cardom, [email protected], and Dr. Jennifer Ho, [email protected]

Women of Color Empowerment & Connection

Join this affirming space for Women of Color to reflect on lived experiences and to explore growth, stress, coping and connection during this in-person, weekly group.

Group Leader: Dr. Jennifer Ho, [email protected]

Process & Exploratory Groups

Understanding Self & Others

Learn how to better understand yourself and your relationships during this in-person, weekly group.    

Group Leader: Dr. Brian Freidenberg, [email protected]