WellCat Counseling Center

Group Counseling

Spring 2024 Groups

We offer a diverse variety of therapy and support groups to meet your needs. All of our groups are led by experienced counselors. 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.

Interested in signing up for a group? Please call us at (530) 898-6345. Questions? Please contact Courtney Chambless, Ph.D at cchambless@csuchico.edu

WellCat Counseling Center
(530) 898-6345
Located in the Student Services Center office 430


WellCat Counseling Center Spring 2024 Support Groups: 

Stress & Anxiety Management

Facilitator: Brooke Hammond, LMFT

Day/Time: Tuesdays, 3:00pm-4:30pm

Location: SSC 426

This group is a wonderful place to process feelings of anxiety in a safe and confidential space, while connecting with other students going through similar challenges. In this group we discuss all things related to anxiety. We will learn how anxiety affects our body and nervous system, and the relationship between anxiety and trauma. Mindfulness practices and self-compassion exercises will be a key part, along with learning new coping tools for healing our relationship with anxiety. Key topics will also include how anxiety affects our ability to understand and communicate our emotional needs, setting health boundaries, and anxious attachment in relationships.

Grief Support Group

Facilitator: Sherri Elkins, LMFT

Day/Times: Wednesdays, 3:00pm-4:30pm

Location: SSC 426

Grief is a normal and natural response to loss. When school demands, social/family expectations, and jobs/internships don’t seem to stop, it can be difficult to find a safe and supported space to grieve. The goals of this group are to process loss and grief, learn coping strategies, and build community with peers in an affirming and welcoming environment.

Inside Out: An Emotion Regulation Group

Facilitator: Courtney Chambless, Ph.D

Day/Time: Fridays, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Location: SSC 426

Do you struggle to understand, or even identify, your emotions? Do you have difficulty tolerating certain emotions? If so, Inside Out might be the group for you! This group is dedicated to teaching skills to help you tolerate upsetting situations and feel more in control of your emotions. 

Queer Enough?

Facilitator: Essie Marchiano, LMFT/LPCC

Day/Time: Fridays, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Location: The Well

This group is designed to provide a safe space for LGBTQIA+ identified students to discuss 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. 

Making Peace with Food & Body

Facilitator: Melissa Harter, LCSW

Day/Time: Fridays, 10:00am-11:30am

Location: SSC 426

This group is designed to support students who experience challenges with food and/or body image issues. If you have ever blamed your body for not being “good enough;” if you have ever found yourself obsessing about your weight, food, or exercise this group will help you explore your relationship to food and your body. You will also learn skills and strategies to start making peace with yourself, your body, and food.

Better Relationships

Facilitator: Tara Donnell, LMFT

Day/Time: Fridays, 1:00pm-2:30pm

Location: SSC 306

This group is for the students who want to build new relationships and improve their current relationships with friends, family, partners, and others. We will look at ways to foster greater self-awareness and more satisfying relationships by exploring how your background and upbringing affect your relationships, becoming more aware of your thoughts and feelings, and exploring your "here-and-now" feelings with other group members.

Neurodivergence Support Group

Facilitator: Shannon Slemrod, LPCC

Day/Time: Mondays, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Location: SSC 426

Being neurodivergent in college can be challenging at best! Learn how to work with your brain’s natural strengths, and get support around its obstacles. This group is designed to be a comfortable space to unmask, share some skills, gain psychoeducation around neurodivergences such as ADHD and Autism, and have some comfort in a chaotic world. Feel free to bring lunch, fidgets, drinks, and wear comfortable clothing for floor sitting, if you choose! Clients do not need a formal diagnosis to be eligible to participate in group. All genders and types of students are welcome.