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Current Groups

Every Fall and Spring semester the Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services offers a variety of groups. Counseling groups are often the best way to work on areas of concern, especially when those concerns deal with issues that directly affect your relationship with others. Groups give you contact with peers as well as a therapist in a safe and confidential environment.

Membership in a group is by appointment only. We do offer drop in groups each semester, but these will also require that you make an appointment with us. Please call us at 304-293-4431 or drop by the Carruth Center, located on the 2nd floor of the Health & Education Building if you are interested in joining a group.

For more information about group services at Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services or to share ideas about a group you would like to see offered, please contact the Group Coordinator, Christine Simpson by phone at 304-293-4431 or email her at

Spring 2020 Groups

Interpersonal Groups

Groups for students with a variety of concerns (e.g., depression, anxiety, stress, forming relationships). Offers a safe environment to give/receive support, learn about yourself, and to practice new ways of relating to others.


Contact Sarah at


Contact Jessica at

Women’s Group

Interpersonal process and support group for undergraduate women with a variety of concerns (e.g., depression, anxiety, relationships, self-esteem, family issues). Offers a safe space to give/receive support, learn about yourself, and improve self-care.

Contact Stephanie at

My Journey, My Culture, My Identities: A Group for Women

A therapy group for female students who:
  • Find themselves to be one of a few (as international students, women of color, etc.)
  • Seek to develop resilience and positive coping with life's challenges
  • Wish to find their voice or sense of self at WVU or in their home communities
  • Want to increase their sense of belonging and meaningful connection
  • Navigate different identities
  • Seek support from like-minded students and interested in exploring new ways of being

Contact Majeda at or Yaping at

Anxiety 101 Group

Rotating weeks throughout the Spring 2020 semester

Do you constantly worry? Are you feeling anxious? Come join our workshop! Anxiety 101 is a 3-week workshop where you will learn strategies to help manage your anxiety. You will learn about symptoms of anxiety, causes and effects, but more importantly… how to cope with anxiety! You will also learn about incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine and utilizing relaxation techniques to cope with your anxiety. Please plan on attending all 3 weeks of the workshop.

Contact Sara at for more information.

Manage Your Mood  

This is a 3-week workshop focused on learning strategies to cope with depression. Two separate workshops will run for 3 weeks. Please plan on attending all 3 weeks of the workshop.

Contact Ben at for more information.

Social Anxiety Group

10-week psychoeducational group for individuals with social anxiety. It will include cognitive restructuring, graduated exposure, and focus on social skills, assertiveness, performance/test anxiety, self-esteem, and more.

Contact Matthew at

Embracing Your Body 101

Embracing Your Body 101 is a 3-week workshop where you will learn how to become aware of societal body ideals, how to challenge negative body talk, and how to change your relationship with your body.  This workshop is perfect for women who want to further their journey towards body acceptance. 

Please contact Taylor at for additional information. 

Sexual Assault Survivors

This group is designed for female students who have, at some point in their lives, experienced an unwanted sexual encounter. The goal of this group is to provide healing, empowerment, and emotional support for survivors of sexual assault. 

Contact Jessica at     

Qmmunity Support Group

Support group aimed at creating a safe and affirming space where LGBTQ+ students can experience connection and community.

Contact Jeneice at

Men's Interpersonal Process Group

This interpersonal process group offers men the opportunity to change ineffective patterns of thought and behavior, as well as explore and practice skills that have been shown to improve men's personal and social lives.  

Contact Narayan at

Comprehensive Substance Use Disorder Group (CSUD)

The Comprehensive Substance Use Disorder Group (CSUD) is for students who have struggled with problematic substance use within the past 12 months and are interested in abstaining or significantly reducing their use. This group will assist students with:
  • Reducing substance use
  • Developing sober social support
  • Maintaining and increasing motivation to change
  • Identifying and developing behavioral skills to reduce use
  • Understanding how substance use impacts the brain and overall level of functioning and MORE!!!
If you are interested in participating in this group or would like more information, please contact group facilitator Fanica at

Life After Loss

A group offering support, understanding, and acceptance in a safe and confidential setting to help you work through your grief. No matter where you are at in this process, you are not alone in your grieving. Grieving the loss of an important person in your life is challenging and best supported in a group setting where sharing is done with others who can relate. College campuses can be a difficult environment to find a place to stop and reflect on the impact of losing someone. This group will help you set aside a time and place to reflect, remember and heal.

Contact Layne at


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Group

Weekly, skill-based group where participants can explore meditation techniques that assist in bringing attention to the present moment to help manage stress in life.

Contact Yaping at

Stress Management Group

Groups available to students experiencing depression, anxiety, and/or stress. These groups aim at providing support, psycho-education, and tools for better managing these concerns.

Contact Seth at  

Relationship 101

Relationship 101 is a 3-week workshop focused on building healthy relationship dynamics. The workshop is open to singles and couples, undergrads and grads, and it's geared toward anyone who wants to learn more about their relational patterns. While the group is mainly focused on romantic relationships, a good deal of information is also transferable to other relationships (friendships, co-workers, etc). 

Session content will include exploring and understanding attachment styles and needs, some neurophysiology associated with emotions and communication, learning communication skills (including identifying tactics that push the other away, listening, taking breaks, apologies), and learning how to balance the sometimes opposing needs for connection and separateness. The format is similar to Anxiety 101 and Manage Your Mood.

Contact Claire at

Family Matters

This interpersonal process group offers students an opportunity to explore family concerns as it relates to your understanding of yourself and other connections in your life. We offer a safe environment within which to give and receive support, to engage in self-discovery, and to practice new ways of relating to others.

Student Assistance Program

Groups for students who want to learn more about drug and alcohol use. Multiple groups meet throughout the semester. 

Contact Missy at

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