Center for Psychological Services

Department of Psychology, George Mason University

Dr. Robyn Mehlenbeck, Director

Dr. Patty Ferssizidis, Asst. Director

Group Therapy

All groups are provided by students in George Mason University’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral program. Supervision is provided to clinicians by faculty members who are licensed clinical psychologists.

Clinicians will schedule intake sessions to meet with prospective clients to ensure that both the clinician and client believe the group would be a good fit for the client’s needs.

Groups Currently Recruiting

Parenting Training Group

The Parent Training Group at the GMU Center for Psychological Services is a research backed treatment program for parents of children ages 4-10 that will help address the difficulties described above. Your child does not need to exhibit all of these characteristics to be eligible. This group will begin March 23rd and will meet for 9 consecutive weeks on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:00PM. There is a $30 fee per session and there are currently just 8 slots. This group will help teach parents new skills to address behavioral difficulties they are currently having with their children. The group is for parents only. For more information please contact the Center at (703) 993-1370.

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Cognitive Processing Therapy

Have you experienced a very serious or life-threatening traumatic event and find yourself exhibiting some of these symptoms? Sense of detachment, Emotional numbness, Hypervigilance, Avoidance of people/places, Difficulty concentrating, Intrusive and upsetting memories, Nightmares. If so, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) might be for you.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a 12-session, research-supported, trauma-focused therapy designed to treat symptoms of PTSD and frequently co-occurring conditions (e.g., depression).  It is a non-drug, non-invasive treatment. CPT is not recommended for clients with active suicidal behavior, current psychosis, or with no memory of the trauma.

Beginning in Feburary 2015

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General Anxiety Treatment Group

This group is designed for people whose persistent worries lead them to feel chronically anxious. Members learn how to focus their attention on the present to reduce anxiety that occurs when the mind wanders into the future or the past. Members also learn to recognize the types of thoughts that create anxiety, and use nonjudgmental acceptance to not get caught in cycles of anxiety that such thoughts can create.

The group will meet weekly (tentatively planned for Tuesday evenings at 6:00pm) for 8 consecutive weeks, beginning late January 2015.


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Adolescent Social Anxiety Treatment Group(Ages 13-17)

Are you bothered by: Meeting new people? Having to speak in front of others? Nervousness when talking to people? Anxious feelings when you are the center of attention? Worry that you've made a fool of yourself when you talk to others? The Social Anxiety Treatment Group is an opportunity to develop skills to better cope with your anxiety, based on the latest scientific research. You will learn to become more comfortable and less anxious in social situations, examine the ways you think about being negatively evaluated, and cope with anxious thoughts and feelings.

Group will meet weekly for 12 consecutive weeks, beginning mid-January 2015.
Interested participants will be contacted late December/early January.


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Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder

Do you have strong emotions or impulsive behaviors that you have trouble managing? This group will incorporate dialectical behavior therapy skills to cope with and manage your intense emotions. We will meet with interested participants to ensure that the group is a good fit for their needs. You must be 18 or older to participate. This group is a supplement to individual therapy. All participants are required to have an individual therapist.

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Other Groups Typically Offered


Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Group

Do you find yourself eating large amounts of food in one sitting, especially when you're upset? Feeling little control over how much you eat? Not feeling able to stop after you start to eat? This group teaches coping skills to help you through times when you are upset.

Skills Group for Dealing with Intense Emotions

Do you have strong emotions or impulsive behaviors that you have trouble managing? This group will incorporate dialectical behavior therapy skills to cope with and manage your intense emotions.

Stress and Worry Coping Workshop

Do you find yourself frequently worrying about...School or job performance? Finances? Relationships with friends or family members? Responsibilities? If so, The Stress and Worry Coping Workshop can help you develop strategies to better cope with feeling these ways. You will learn skills to help...Manage worry and self-judgment, calm your mind and live in the present momen, and approach your personally valued goal.

Stress and Anger Management Group

Do you feel irritable, frustrated, or angry much of the time? Have a bad temper that’s hard to control? Feel that your anger interferes with your relationships with friends, significant others, or family. The Anger Management Group will teach empirically-based practical skills to help you manage your anger.