Counseling & Wellness Center

Group Counseling

We offer a diverse variety of therapy and support groups to meet your needs. All of our groups are led by experienced counselors. Please click on the link below for a complete listing of our current group offerings. By participating in group counseling you may benefit from the mutual support and feedback you get from meeting with a small group of individuals who have similar concerns. Group counseling also provides the opportunity to practice new behaviors and assert yourself in ways that might not be possible in individual counseling. In fact, most research has shown group counseling to be equal to or more effective to individual treatment.

2018 Spring Groups

These are on-going therapy groups that meet weekly. If you are interested in one of these groups please contact the Counseling and Wellness to schedule a pre-group meeting with the group leader. The group facilitator will provide you with information about the group and help to determine if it is a good "match" for you.

 Moms Who Lunch

Mondays 12:00 pm-1:00pm

Tara Donnell, MFT, Counselor  

Your family means the world to you and raising happy, healthy children is so important to you. Being a mom in today’s society can be so hard and may leave you feeling guilty, worried, stressed, and full of doubt. This group is designed as a safe comforting place where students can find support, connection and compassion around the exhilarating, exhausting (and everything in between) motherhood experience. 

This group was scheduled during lunchtime so we multitaskers can have a chance to eat, talk, connect and recharge in between the long to do list of the day. This group will also be a place to learn effective coping skills for stress, improve communication with loved ones, and teach effective parenting techniques (if requested).

 

 

 

  Better Sleep for Better Learning

 Tuesday 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Mimi Bommersbach, PhD, Counselor

This is a psychoeducational group for people who have trouble falling asleep or who wake up and cannot get back to sleep. The workshop utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Techniques to address the role of learned behavior in sleep problems. Come learn how to get a good night’s sleep. Need referral from SHS or from Counseling Center. Not drop in. Structured group 3-4 sessions.

 

Relationship MAGIC (Mindfulness, Authenticity, Genuineness, Insight, & Compassion)

 Wednesdays 1:05 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

 Brent Henrikson, MFT

 Learn and practice having healthier relationships with others, with yourself, and with life.

 

Food and Mood

Wednesdays: 3:30-5:00pm

Stephanie Chervinko, Ph.D.                   Dawn Merlo, MFT intern

Designed for students who struggle with issues related to food, weight, and/or body image.

 

Rainbow Suspenders

Thursdays 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Jessica Magallanes, Psy.D, Counselor             Doug Minton, MFT Intern

A group designed to provide a safe space for LGBTQIA+ identified students to get support around the unique experiences related to being a member of the Queer community. The group welcomes students at all levels of sexual and/or gender identity development, and group discussion is driven by the priorities and needs of its members.

 

Journey to Healing

Thursdays 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Roxy Eberhardt, LMFT, Counselor

This process group is designed to empower female-identified sexual assault survivors. This group will help you enhance your resiliency by reclaiming your body through the healing practice of trauma-sensitive yoga, mindfulness and meditation exercises, and sharing experiences with other group members on this journey.

 

Manage Your Moods

Fridays 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Lana McKnight, PhD, Counselor

This is a group for students diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Learn personal strategies that will help with everyday living and add to your success in a college environment.

 

Wise Minds

Fridays 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Courtney Chambless, PhD, Counselor

The purpose of the Wise Minds Group is to teach practical skills to help you learn to feel more in control of your emotions, increase mindfulness, improve communications with others, and learn to cope with distress.

 

Not Facebook

Fridays 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.

Mimi Bommersbach, PhD, Counselor

This group offers help for reducing social isolation while also offering a place to practice basic conversational skills face to face.

 

Coping with Panic

Fridays 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Stephanie Chervinko, PhD, Counselor

This four-week workshop series is designed for students experiencing panic attacks. Learn about the panic cycle and tools for coping with panic attacks.

 

DROP-IN WELLNESS AND DISCUSSION GROUPS

These groups focus on providing discussion and information on specific mental health issues as well as coping strategies. With our weekly drop-in groups you may come as often as you like-- every once in a while or weekly. The following are for established clients (i.e., currently working with one of our counselors or were seen last semester).  If you are currently a client, you do not need a pre-group screening. However, if you are not currently a client, but are interested in these groups, please contact the CWC for a pre-group meeting with the group facilitator.

Practicing Mental Fitness

Tuesdays 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (time flexible if people cannot make this time).

Mimi Bommersbach, Ph.D. 

Sports Psychology helps athletes achieve peak performance. The principles of sports psychology are valuable for college students aspiring to be mentally fit and academically successful. In this group we will discuss stress, attitude, motivation, visualization, sleep, diet, exercise, breath control, humor, ritual and problem solving. 

 

NON-CLIENT DROP-IN GROUP: FEEL BETTER FASTER

NEW THIS SEMESTER: Drop-In Coping Strategies group for clients and non-clients.

Feel Better Faster!

Tuesdays: 1:00pm-1:50pm

Wednesdays: 11:00am-11:50am

Thursdays: 1:30-2:20pm

Courtney Chambless, Ph.D.

The purpose of this drop-in group is to provide an opportunity to meet with a counselor in a group session, learn about dimensions of mental health, and learn different coping skills to deal with distress. Possible topics include: how to manage your feelings of distress, how to cope with emotions, and learning strategies to change how your body and mind respond to stress. Students looking to learn practical and effective skills to manage thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and enhance daily living are encouraged to attend. No sign-up required! You do not need to be an established client or have an intake or initial appointment to attend this group! All students are welcome.

 

Closed Groups: Spring 2018

Women’s Circle CLOSED

 Tuesdays 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

 Shrija Dirghangi, PhD                             Shelley Hart, PhD

 Together women build resilience. Affirmed in a caring circle, gain self-esteem, confidence to live according to your true values, desires, and dreams. As a group, you will share and explore, build skills, and encourage one another to live authentically in mind, body, heart, and spirit.

 

Peace of Mind-CANCELLED 

Tuesdays 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Chris Sims, LCSW, Counselor                Kristen Gentry, MSW Intern

This group provides a space to connect with others who experience anxiety and to learn skills to lead a more peaceful life.

 

Living with Loss CLOSED

Mondays 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Brian Reinhardt, PhD, Counselor

Losing a loved one changes so much in one’s life. This interpersonal group will explore living with loss after the death of a significant person in your life. Benefits of this group include support and understanding from others who are navigating loss.