WellCat Counseling Center

Group Counseling

Spring 2023 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.

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 in the Student Services Center office 430


WellCat Counseling Center Support Groups: 

Wise Minds (Emotion Regulation) (In-person)

Facilitator: Courtney Chambless, Ph.D

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

Location: TBD

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. 

Grad Student Support Group

Facilitator: Sherri Elkins, LMFT

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

Location: TBD

This group is designed to support students struggling with the challenges of graduate education. This group will provide a space for graduate students to connect with their peers, share their experiences, and learn from each other. Participants will explore the transition into grad school, dealing with imposter syndrome, coping with feelings of burn out, managing academic stress and anxiety, and developing healthy coping strategies.

Stress & Anxiety Management (In-person)

Facilitator: Brooke Hammond, LMFT

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

Location: TBD

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.

Making Peace with Food & Body (In-Person)

Facilitator: Melissa Harter, LCSW

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

Location: TBD

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


Neurodivergence Support Group (In- Person)

Facilitator: Shannon Slemrod, LPCC

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

Location: TBD

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.

Queer Enough? (Zoom)

Facilitator: Essie Marchiano, LMFT/LPCC

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

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. 

Better Relationships (In-person)

Facilitator: Tara Donnell, LMFT

Day/Time: Fridays, 12:00pm-1:20pm

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.

Gender ID (Zoom)

Facilitator: Essie Marchiano, LMFT/LPCC

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

Gender is complicated and confusing. Luckily, we aren't’t alone. Gender ID is a group for exploring your gender identity, finding support with fellow gender travelers, and seeking out what’s true for you. We aim to support each other, build each other up, and commiserate when times are hard for us in this world. This is a group for people who believe that gender isn’t and has never been a binary and that chromosomes don’t define who we are. Welcome <3 


Eco Therapy Group (In-Person)

Facilitator: Melissa Harter, LCSW

Day/Time: Fridays, 10:00am-12:00pm

Location: 5 Mile, Bidwell Park

This group will meet IN PERSON at 5 mile in Bidwell Park. The purpose of this group is to explore our understanding of self and of others through our connection with nature.