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1810 Liacouras Walk (5th floor)

Philadelphia, PA 19122

Telephone: (215) 204-7276

Hours for Main Campus

Office Hours

Mon - Fri, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Walk-In Clinic

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 10 AM to 1:30 PM

Wed 9 AM - 12 PM

For information about services at the Ambler and Health Sciences campus, please call (215) 204-7276.




Group Counseling

A number of psychotherapy groups led by professional staff are offered each year at Tuttleman Counseling Services. TCS groups can be a powerful way to address personal concerns while getting support and feedback from peers who are also in the group.

Referral / Screening Process: Prospective/interested students will be referred to groups by a current clinician or a clinician during the Walk-in Clinic (a group screening appointment will be made).  A group facilitator will meet with the student during this screening appointment to determine a mutual fit between the group and the student.


Description of Groups (Fall 2013 /Spring 2014 Semesters)


Coping with the Loss of a Loved One (Bereavement)

Description: This group is designed to provide a safe space for students who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Each meeting will offer students the opportunity to share their personal stories of loss while receiving the support of fellow group members. The group will focus on the various types of feelings which often accompany the stages of grief including: anger, numbness, sadness, and, guilt. We ask that members be able to commit to weekly meetings, maintain the confidentiality of things shared by other members, and be willing to share experiences of loss and to listen to others who have also experienced a loss.

Semester(s): Fall semester

Time: Mondays, 2:30-4:00 pm

Group Facilitator(s): Beth Jellinek, LPC and Christina Lecker, M.A.


Understanding Self & Others (Coed Group)

Description: This group is an unstructured experience where members can learn more about themselves, their relationships, experiences, and struggles. There are no specific topics each week, instead group time provides an opportunity for group members to sort out what is most important to them and find a way to share it with the group. For instance, during group members may examine and talk about their thoughts, feelings, behaviors, values, sexual orientation, sexual beliefs and attitudes, beliefs toward faith, family, career, relationships, emotional way of being, gender, and racial/ethnic identity. Group is also a time during which members can get feedback about how they are perceived or experienced as well as a time to try out different ways of interacting with other people. Group members are often helpful to one another at sorting out thoughts and labeling feelings.

Semester(s): Fall semester

Time: Mondays, 3:00-4:30 pm

Group Facilitator(s): 


Body Image Support Group

Description: This group is intended to allow students a place to process their thoughts and emotions related to negative body image and disordered eating.  The group is appropriate for students currently struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder or eating disorder NOS, students who are in recovery from any eating disorder, and students who have concerns about their relationship with food, eating or body shape/size.  Group members are asked to receive and offer support and feedback, respect the privacy of other students, and commit to attending the group weekly.  Medical stability is also a requirement for the group.

Semester(s): Fall semester

Time: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 pm

Group Facilitator(s): Paige Marmer, Psy.D. and


Dissertation Support Group

Description: This is a support group for doctoral candidates from any field who are struggling with the dissertation process. It includes students who have not had their proposal accepted yet to those who are in the last stages of the process. Issues discussed range from personal relationships to practical suggestions for moving ahead with the process.

Semester(s): Fall semester

Time: Tuesdays 3:00-4:30 pm

Group Facilitator(s): John DiMino, Ph.D. and George James


Social Anxiety/Shyness Group


Semester(s): Fall semester

Time: Tuesdays 5:00-6:30pm

Group Facilitator(s): Abe Zubarev,


Understanding Self & Others (Women)

Description: This group gives female students the opportunity to explore and learn more about themselves and their patterns of relating to others. Group members will have the opportunity to observe and discuss their own thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and reactions as they occur in a safe environment. Understanding Self and Others for Women also provides students with the chance to get their peers’ perspectives on a variety of issues and to practice new ways of engaging with others. This process group is an ideal setting for women interested in improving relationships, addressing specific concerns, as well as those seeking an opportunity for personal growth.

Semester(s): Fall semester

Time: Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30 pm

Group Facilitator(s): 


CASA Recovery Group

Description: This group is for students who are struggling to understand the role that alcohol or other drugs play in their lives. Students do not need to be abstinent or regularly using in order to be in the group. Drugs or alcohol may or may not be the primary reason why students in the group come to TCS. Students in this group may want help and support in cutting back or stopping their use and some may not be ready to make any changes regarding their use. The only requirement is that a student not use before group and that he/she acknowledges that drugs/alcohol have had negative consequences in his/her life. It is extremely important that students be able to commit every week to attending this group.

Semester(s): Fall and spring semesters

Time: Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30 pm

Group Facilitator(s):  and Karen Grundy, M.A., M.S.Ed.


Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning Men's Group

Description: The purpose of this group is to explore common issues of GBTQ men including coming out, dating, sexuality, discrimination and personal growth. Gay, Bi, Transgender, Queer or Questioning men are encouraged to attend.  

Semester(s): Fall and spring semesters

Time: Wednesdays, 5:00-6:30 pm

Group Facilitator(s): Chris Grundy, Psy.D.


Surviving Trauma (SACE)

Description: This group is available for survivors of sexual assault, including those who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, or experiences of sexual assault as an adult. This group gives students a confidential space to discuss the impact of these experiences and to provide validation and encouragement for positive self-care and empowerment. The direction of discussion will be determined by the group members each week, and topics may include the dynamics of sexual violence, depression and anger, relationships, guilt and shame, trust, boundaries, grief and loss, and self-esteem. Every group member will have the opportunity to share and participate at the level at which they feel comfortable.

Semester(s): Fall and spring semesters

Time: Wednesdays, 5:00-6:30 pm

Group Facilitator(s): Cynthia Closs, LCSW and Lenka Glassman, M.A.


Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Group

Description: This 4-week series is designed to take you on a journey through the practices and principles of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness meditation is about paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and without judgment. It is about learning how to live in the present moment without being lost in the memories of the past or preoccupied by concerns or projections of the future. The group is designed to educate students on how to understand and manage the psychological stressors of one's life through a mindfulness lens. Formal meditation practices that will be introduced include: Deep breathing, sitting meditation, the body scan, guided imagery and mindful walking and eating.

Semester(s): Fall 2013 Group Dates:

Group 1: Wednesdays from 5:00 - 6:30 pm (October 2 - October 23)

Group 2: Wednesdays from 5:00 - 6:30 pm (November 13 - December 11)

*Same curriculum presented in each group

Time: see above

Group Facilitator(s): Galen Smith Born, MSS, LSW and Kenneth L. Johnson, MSW


Distress Tolerance Skills

Description: In this group students will learn skills related to mindfulness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.  The skills will involve learning to be more aware of oneself and the environment, increasing one's understanding of emotions, and ways to cope with negative or stressful situations.  These skills are designed to teach students more effective ways to manage intense feelings. Students will learn how to use these skills in various aspects of their lives and will be given opportunities to practice these skills in group and outside of group.

Semester(s): Fall semester

Time: Thursdays, 3:00-4:30 pm

Group Facilitator(s): Valerie Saxton, Psy.D. and Dena DiNardo, M.A.


ADHD Support Group

Description: College can be a time of new experiences and discovery. It can also be stressful. This stress can be magnified if you struggle with symptoms of ADHD. The purpose of this group is to help students learn positive and healthy ways of managing their symptoms as well as developing strategies to assist in how they experience college life academically as well as personally. Topics to include: Time Management, Study Skills, Stress Management, The Stigma of ADHD and more.

Semester(s): Fall and spring semesters

Time: Fridays, 2:30-4:00 pm

Group Facilitator(s): Clyde Beverly, III, Ph.D. and