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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
530-898-6345
Located: virtual offices via zoom/phone

Spring 2021 Groups

H.A.T. (Healing After Trauma)

A self-care group dedicated to providing a space to support students' hollistic wellbeing using the six domains of self-care, adapted from Transforming the Pain: A Workbook on Vicarious Traumatization by Saakvitne, Pearlman & Staff.

If you are interestedin joining the group please email safeplace@csuchico.edu

Anxiety/Stress Reduction (Requires Pre-Group Consultation)

Mondays 1:00-2:30pm 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.

Life's Hard: Let's Talk About It (Requires Pre-Group Consultation)(CLOSED)

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

The past year has been wild and unpredictable, throwing curveballs in every direction.  This group is meant to create a space for students and their peers to discuss life’s stresses.  Come connect with your classmates outside of the virtual classroom, and receive some validation that your experience is more common than you may think. 

Self-Care for Anxiety and Stress (Requires Pre-Group Consultation)(CLOSED)

Mondays 3:00-4:30pm 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.

Anxiety/Stress Reduction (Requires Pre-Group Consultation)

Tuesdays 10:30-12:00pm 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.

Journey to Healing (Requires Pre-Group Consultation) (CLOSED)

Wednesdays 3:00-4:30pm 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.

Making Peace with Food and Body (Requires Pre-Group Consultation)(CLOSED)

Wednesdays 3:00 to 4:30 facilitated by Melissa Harter, LCSW and Jill Ruppel, MFT Intern

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.

Manage Your Mood: Bipolar Support Group (Requires Pre-Group Consultation)

Wednesdays 4:00-6:00pm 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.

Radical Self-Compassion (Requires Pre-Group Consultation)

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.

Coping with Panic (No pre-group Consultation required)

Thursday 2/18, Wednesday 3/25, and Thursday 4/22 2:30-4:00 facilitated by Stephanie Chervinko, Ph.D.

Session 1 starts February 18, Session 2 starts March 25, and Session 3 starts April 22

Each session runs for 4 weeks

Whether you just experienced your first panic attack or have panic attacks on the daily, this group is for you!

You will learn about:

  • The panic cycle-how triggers turn into terror
  • How panic tricks you into thinking you are in danger when there is no danger present
  • New ways of relating to symptoms
  • Which coping strategies maybe keeping you stuck in the panic cycle and which actually help

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

Thursdays 3:30-4:40pm 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

Gender!...and its Discontents (Requires Pre-Group Consultation)

Fridays 1:30-3:30pm facilitated by Essie Marchiano, LMFT, LPCC

Experiencing discontent with what some doctor decided was going to define the rest of your life? Think gender reveal parties are better at starting fires than they are of describing a person? Think that blue and pink are just colors and not people? I may have the group for you! In Gender… and its discontents we realize that gender isn’t and hasn’t ever been a binary and that your genetics don’t define who you are.

If you are exploring your gender identity, questioning the assignment you were given at birth, or wanting a space to explore what gender means to you then you’ve found it! Welcome!


Queer Enough (Requires Pre-Group Consultation)(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.

Peer Coaching Groups

We offfer virtual Zen Den hours, a creative writing group, grad student support group, and WRAP (Wellness and Recovery Action Plan). These groups are lead by Chico State Graduate students pursuing their MFT or Social Work Masters degrees.  Our peer coaches help students create goals and plans, offering encouragement, accountability, evaluating progress, and celebrating wins.