Group Counseling

How Can Group Counseling Help Me?

Our group services include group therapy and discussion groups that are skills-focused and relationship-oriented with a variety of goals that aim to promote wellbeing. Groups provide opportunities to increase self-awareness and increase the quality of your interactions with others and research demonstrates that group therapy is equally effective as individual therapy and is often the treatment of choice for student issues.

While these groups are free and open to all Duke students, pre-group screening is required. Please call 919-660-1000 to set up a pre-screening appointment.


Understanding Self and Others

This group provides opportunities to increase awareness of thoughts and feelings in real moments of social interaction, to experience and communicate empathy, and to give and receive feedback while recognizing patterns in relationships.

Cultivating Mindful Self-Compassion

This skills-based group is for anyone who tends to be their own worst critic. It teaches mindfulness and self-compassion skills that are important for developing emotional resilience and overall wellbeing, especially during stressful times.

DBT-U/Mindfulness Based Skills Training'

This evidence-based group offers students an opportunity to learn core mindfulness and emotional regulation. Students will learn skills to cope with their daily stress in a structured setting.

Sista's Empowerment Circle

This is a supportive and empowering group for Black female students to foster a sense of community and promote a safe space for healing and wellness that allows for self-expression and open dialogue related to the unique experiences and challenges of being a Black woman. 

Grief and Loss: A Space for Healing

Many of us have been confronted with loss throughout the pandemic, whether that is losing a family member, a friend, or an important person in life. If you have found yourself dealing with grief and loss, please join this supportive process to gather in community, reflect on the feelings associated with your loss, and receive support.

Graduate & Professional Student Connections

This group provides a space for graduate and professional students to connect, share, and receive support. Topics for this group include school/work/life balance, building rapport with advisors and peers, perfectionism, imposter syndrome, career planning, family and other personal relationships, self-care, and stress management.

Looking to start services with CAPS? 

  1. You can either call 919-660-1000 or visit us in person on Mondays & Tuesdays; 9:00am - 6:00pm or Wednesday - Friday; 9:00am - 4:00pm. No appointment needed to get started with CAPS.
  2. You will then complete some paperwork and meet with a member of our staff for approximately 15 - 20 minutes to discuss your specific goals.
  3. A collaborative plan will be developed based on your needs. This may include referrals to a psychiatrist, a community mental health provider, group counseling, or one of our counselors.