WellCat Counseling Center

Group Counseling

Fall 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.

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 Support Groups: 

Stress & Anxiety Management - CLOSED

Facilitator: Brooke Hammond, LMFT

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

Location: SSC 426

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.

Grad Student Support Group - CLOSED

Facilitator: Sherri Elkins, LMFT

Day/Times: Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm

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.

Radical Self Compassion

Facilitator: Courtney Chambless, Ph.D

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

Location: SSC 426

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. 

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 - CLOSED

Facilitator: Melissa Harter, LCSW

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

Location: SSC 490

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 - CLOSED

Facilitator: Tara Donnell, LMFT

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

Location: SSC 426

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.