WellCat Counseling Center

Group Counseling

Fall 2022 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: 

Better Relationships (In-person)

Facilitator: Courtney Chambless, Ph.D

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

Location: TBD

This group is designed to foster greater self-awareness and more satisfying relationships by exploring how your back-ground and upbringing affect your relationships, becoming more aware of your thoughts and feelings, and exploring your “here-and-now” feelings with other group members.

Stress & Anxiety Management (In-Person)

Facilitator: Stephanie Chervinko, Ph.D

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

Location: TBD

Got anxiety? This may be the group for you! Participants can expect to come together in a safe and supportive space to share their personal experience with anxiety, better understand the nature of anxiety, and learn 

Effective coping skills. Participants can expect to learn about the relationship between anxiety and thinking styles, as well as how thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are linked. We will also learn to distinguish between overt and covert behaviors that allow anxiety to drive the bus versus those that relegate it to the position of an annoying passenger. Final-ly, the group will focus on the benefits of mindfulness, various ways to practice mindfulness, and how to incorporate it into a busy college student’s schedule.

Making Peace with Food & Body (In-Person/Zoom: TBD)

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. 

ADHD Support Group (In- Person)

Facilitator: Shannon Slemrod, LPCC

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

Location: TBD

 Going through college with ADHD 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 about ADHD, 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 par-inculpate in group. All genders and types of students are welcome. 

Better Relationships (In- Person)

Facilitator: Tara Donnell, LMFT

Day/Time: Fridays, 11:00am-12:30pm

Location: TBD

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. 

Queer Enough? (Zoom)

Facilitator: Lana McKnight, Ph.D

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

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. 

Gender ID (Zoom)

Facilitator: Essie Marchiano, LMFT/LPCC

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

Gender is complicated and confusing. Luckily, we aren’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. Welcomes <3 

RA Support Group (In-Person)

Facilitator: Tara Donnell, LMFT

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

Location: The Hub

This group is for RA’s only. 


Eco Therapy Group (In-Person)

Facilitator: Melissa Harter, LCSW

Day/Time: Fridays, 10:30am-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. 

Peer Support Groups: 


Gardening Group (In-Person)

Contact for info: Olivia, omfernandez@csuchico.edu 

Day/Time: Fridays, 9:00am-11:00am

Location: 311 Nicholas C Shouten Ln, Chico, CA 95928

What to Bring: A hat, water bottle, & close toed shoes. Drop-ins welcome!

The Garden Group seeks to build community and provide a safe space for nurturing the mind, body, and spirit through gardening and connection with food, the land, and with each other. All interested in nature/gardening are welcome.


Outdoor Yoga (In-Person)

Contact for info: Julia, jcknezovich@csuchico.edu  

Day/Time: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month, 5:00pm-6:00pm

Location: Glenn Lawn

What to Bring: Mats NOT provided, please bring your own. Wear comfy clothes and bring a water bottle.

The Outdoor Yoga circle aims to help you relax, unwind, and stretch under the sun. This hour of gentle yoga practice is the perfect way to soak up that delicious Vitamin D in between classes or at the end of a stressful day.

iWorkOut (In-Person)

Contact for info: Natasha, nlopez10@csuchico.edu or Max mbanuelos1@csuchico.edu 

Day/Time: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month, 5:00pm-6:00pm

Start Date: 10/12/22

Location: Glenn Lawn/The WREC

What to Bring: Water bottles, comfortable clothes to work out in, mats will be provided. Drop-ins welcome!

The iWorkout (Music Exercise) Group aims to create a safe space to practice mindfulness through physical and musical appreciation.

Chick Chat (In-Person)

RSVP for Sign up!

Contact for info: Julia, jcknezovich@csuchico.edu  

Day/Time: Mondays, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Start Date: 9/26/22

Location: Glenn Lawn

What to Bring: A blanket to sit on if you don’t want to sit directly on the grass, journal and a pen.

This is a space for woman-identifying people of all shapes, sizes, colors, and backgrounds to empower each other and embrace our divine femininity. We are absolute magic.

Take a Paws (In-Person)

Contact for info: Miranda, mspence1@csuchico.edu

Day/Time: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Start Date: 10/12/22

Location: The Well in the BMU

Drop-ins welcome!

Mission Statement coming soon!

EcoArt Group (In-Person)

Contact for info: Lily, lderecktorgaul1@csuchico.edu

Day/Time: Thursdays, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Start Date: 9/29/22

Location: Monolith Statues outside of Ayres Hall

What to Bring: Yourself, a friend, water, snack, blanket (or something comfortable to sit on the ground), pencil and notebook (optional). Drop-ins welcome!

A collective focused on fostering connection with oneself, community and environment by engaging with nature through mindfulness and collaborative creation. Join us in taking time outside while participating in hands-on expression and creativity. All levels of experience with art, nature, and mindfulness are welcome.