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WellCat Counseling 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. 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.

Please call the Counseling Center for more information about any of our group offerings and/or to schedule a pre-group consultation for a group you're interested in.

Counseling Center
Located: virtual offices via zoom/phone

Fall 2020 Groups

Anxiety/Stress Reduction (Requires Pre-Group Consultation) (CLOSED)

Mondays 1:00-2:30 facilitated by Tara Donnell, LMFT

Feeling stressed, overwhelmed and anxious? Join the club, or in this case, group! This group is for students who want to feel better and gain positive momentum to ride this current stressful wave of life. Students will learn coping skills and tools to reduce stress and anxiety, have opportunities to connect with other students, and will be taught mindfulness, self-care, and self-compassion techniques.

Coping in the Age of COVID (Requires Pre-Group Consultation) *Still Open!*

Mondays 1:00-2:30 facilitated by Shannon Slemrod, LPCC

Is adjusting to life during the time of COVID stressing you out?  Are frequent changes and unknown future of a pandemic making you feel isolated?  Like you're struggling by yourself to make sense of the world?  You are not alone.  That's why the WellCat Counseling Center has created the group, "Coping In The Age of Covid" for Chico State students.  It is a place where you can get support and connection in navigating a uniquely difficult period of time.  This group will include a safe space to learn coping strategies, adaptation techniques, healthy habits, and general coming together with students experiencing similar challenges.  Having a supportive environment in which to talk about your experience is the first step to helping yourself best manage The Age of COVID. If you are interested, please call the WellCat Counseling Center to arrange a pre-group meeting.

Journey to Healing (CLOSED)

Tuesday 3:00-4:15 facilitated by Roxy Eberhardt, MFT

This process group is designed to support and empower female-identified sexual assault survivors. Sexual and gender-based violence has spiked dramatically during this pandemic. Limited access to community resources and healthy emotional outlets has created additional barriers to female survivors receiving the validation, safety, corrective experiences, and compassionate support needed to facilitate the healing process. Trauma often interferes with our sense of safety, relationships with others, and forming a healthy connection with our body. This group will help you rebuild and/or strengthen your relationships with self and others, apply mindfulness exercises to regulate emotional and physiological symptoms of trauma; and provide a safe place to share experiences with and receive support from other group members on this journey. This is a confidential group that will be facilitated via zoom with each members safety and personal needs prioritized.

Healing Centered Yoga *Open all semester!*

Tuesdays: 4:30-5:30 facilitated by Deborah Genito, LCSW, Certified Yoga Instructor

Emotional dysregulation, discomfort within our bodies, and disconnected relationships, can be common occurrences in an era where we are surrounded by uncertainty, loss, trauma and social injustices. The goal of this workshop is to provide a safe space of compassion and acceptance, while we engage in interoception or sensing into our internal body through healing centered yoga practices. Practicing making choices and listening into our bodies in a safe environment can strengthen our emotional regulation and create new interoceptive pathways in the brain that lead to self-trust, empowerment, and healing at the neurobiological level. This is a beginner level yoga group. (Counselor please contact Roxy if you have an interested student)

Find Your Calm (CLOSED)

Wednesdays 2:00-3:30 facilitated by Deborah Genito, LCSW, Certified Yoga Instructor

This is a yoga group designed to incorporate the primary aspects of yoga.  Come and enjoy the benefits of calming your mind, caring for your body and comforting your spirit.

Making Peace with Food and Body (CLOSED)

Wednesday 3:00 to 4:30 facilitated by Stephanie Chervinko, Ph.D. and Melissa E. Harter, LCSW

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 start to making peace with yourself, your body, and food.

Self-Care for Anxiety and Stress (Requires Pre-Group Consultation) *Still Open!*

Wednesdays 3:00-4:30 facilitated by Angie Hensley, MFT

This is a group for students looking to learn self-care practices, cultivate mindfulness and self-compassion, gain tools to reduce overwhelm, stress and deal with anxiety.

Gender Journeys (CLOSED)

Thursdays 11:00am-12:30 facilitated by Lana McKnight, Ph.D. and Essie Marchiano, LMFT/LPCC

Are you wondering if you fit in the narrow "traditional" gender binary? You aren't alone! Share your stories and strategies in a safe and affirming space. This weekly group will run the entire semester.

Radical Self-Compassion (CLOSED)

Thursdays 1:00-2:30 facilitated by Courtney Chambless, Ph.D.

Do you find that your internal critic rules your thoughts and feelings about yourself? Often, our worst enemy is ourselves. This toxic relationship with ourselves can hinder our relationships, hold us back professionally, and create misery. This group is devoted to helping group members cultivate a greater sense of self-compassion and self-acceptance.

La Cultura Cura (Healing Culture)

Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm facilitated by Jesse Ramirez, LMFT

The Purpose of the group is to help recognize the importance of cultural values, traditions, ancestor/indigenous practices to cultivate and celebrate one’s identity. Using and understanding culture to help healing, spirituality, mental health, family development and racism/xenophobia.

Bipolar Support Group (CLOSED)

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm facilitated by Lana McKnight, Ph.D.

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.

Queer Enough (CLOSED)

Fridays 3:00-4:30pm facilitated by Lana McKnight, Ph.D.

Queer Enough? Is 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.

DREAMER Support Group *Open all semester - Drop in!*

Facilitated  by Jesse Ramirez, LMFT

The purpose of the group is to be a supportive place for Dreamer students to discuss stress related issues such as xenophobia/racism, deportation fears, finances/ employment, family issues and identity concerns.  We recognize that these experiences can place additional strain that may impact mood, motivation, self-esteem, relationships, and overall well-being.

Circle of Sisterhood *Open!*

Third Friday of the month 3:00-5:00 facilitated by Angie Hensley, MFT and Melissa E. Harter, LCSW

A monthly workshop for women to promote empowerment, sisterhood, and enhance feminine wisdom.

Student Lead Groups for Fall 2020

(if you are interested in one of the student lead groups please email: Angie Hensley, MFT)

Creative Writing Group 

Andra & Celeste

Starts as soon as group is full

Weds 12-1:30 

In this group, students can expect to use creative writing to dive into a deeper level of perspective through emotional exploration, and to enhance emotional wellbeing through cathartic prompts and activities.  


Virtual Zen Den 

Starts 9/14 

Mondays 9-10 

Tuesdays 1-1:45 

Wednesdays 2-2:45 

Welcome to our Virtual Zen Den! In this online series, you will find collaborative resources, practices, and guided sessions on living mindfully. Led by three of CSU Chico’s Wildcat Peer Coaches - Isabelle, Celeste, & Michele will hold space and time to discuss what it means to be mindful, as well as provide mindfulness exercises, meditative practices, suggested readings/content, and other simple and enjoyable ways to be more present, aware, and at peace in your daily life! When engaging in mindfulness, benefits include stress reduction, less emotional reactivity, decreased depressive symptoms, improved academic success, self-acceptance and much more. Our goal is to be a resource and safe place for all of us to discover and explore how to be more fully present in our shared experience of being human, and all the many feelings, thoughts, and stresses that accompany it. We are so excited to learn and practice mindfulness with you, and we hope you find our virtual session to be beneficial during this time of great change - both in this new chapter of life, but also amidst quite a new time and experience for the world. We welcome all individuals, thoughts, and experiences, and hope you can join us!  

With Love,  

Celeste, Isabelle, & Michele 

WRAP Group: Wellness, Recovery, Action, Plan

Facilitator: Liz Henson 

Thursdays 1-2

The goal of WRAP is to create a plan for when “things are breaking down” There are 5 sections in a WRAP workshop: Creating a Daily Maintenance Plan, Identifying Triggers, Early Warning Signs, When things are Breaking Down/Crisis, and creating a simple, free, accessible solutions for students. 

Each group is an hour long, once a week, and will cover each topic. By the end of the WRAP cycle, students will have a physical plan that they created for themselves, and that can be updated and changed for different life stressors and events 

Exercise with Nhoua

Tues/Thurs 6pm outdoors/socially distanced 

Starts 9/10