WellCat Counseling Center

Group Counseling

Spring 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
530-898-6345
Located in the Student Services Center office 430

Stress and Anxiety Management (Zoom)

Facilitators: Tara Donnell, LMFT

Day/Time: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00pm, start date TBD

Location: Via Zoom

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.

Stress and Anxiety Management (In-person)

Facilitators:  Shannon Slemrod, LPCC & Stephanie Chervinko, Ph.D.

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

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 (Zoom)

Facilitator: Melissa Harter, LCSW

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

Location: Via Zoom

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

ECO Group (In-person)

Facilitators: Melissa Harter, LCSW & Tao Xiong-Thao, LCSW

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

Location: 5 mile in 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. 

Queer Enough (Zoom)

Facilitator: Lana McKnight, Ph.D.

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

Location: Via Zoom

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, 1:00-2:30pm, start date TBD

Location: Via Zoom

Gender is complicated and confusing but 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. Welcome <3

Women with ADHD Group (Zoom)

Facilitator: Shannon Slemrod, LPCC

Day/Time: Fridays, 1:00pm-2:30pm, start date is mid-semester

Location: Via Zoom

A support group for women coping with ADHD. 

Life on the Spectrum (In-person)

Facilitator: Courtney Chambless, Ph.D.

Day/Time: Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30pm, start date is mid-semester

Location: TBD

This group aims to provide a safe non-judgmental and emplowering environment to individuals on the autism spectrum to have a safe, non-judgemental, and empowering environment where they can openly explore various topics, while providing and receiving support. 

  

Peer Lead Groups 

Mindful Gardening Group (Ecotherapy)

Facilitators: Elizabeth Rodriguez & Olivia Fernandez

Point of contact: Katie Williams (kmwilliams1@csuchico.edu)

Day/Time: Tuesdays, 9:00-10:30am

Start Date: Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

Location: OVP 311 Nicholas C Shouten Ln., Chico, CA 95926

Registration Information: Mindful Gardening Group Google Form

The Mindful Gardening 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.

Mindful Yoga Group

Facilitators: Danie O'Donnell & Gabi Falcao

Point of Contact: Danie O'Donnell (dodonnell2@csuchico.edu)

Day/Time: Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm

Start date: February 15th, 2022

Location: SELV 104 

Registration Information: Mindful Yoga Group Registration Form(opens in new window)

Mindful yoga offers weekly hour-long yoga session to engage your body and mind. It incorporates movement and meditation to enhance holistic well-being. Yoga offers many benefits including: improved concentration, reduced stress, increased immunity, better sleep, and mindful awareness. All are welcome! 

Outdoor Cooking Group

Facilitators: Nhoua Xoing & Elizabeth Rodriguez

Point of Contact: Elizabeth Rodriguez (erodriguez65@csuchico.edu)

Day/Time: Wednesdays, 5:00-6:30pm

Start Date: (March)TBD

Location: TBD

Registration Information: email erodriguez65@csuchico.edu

This group will provide an inclusive environment for students yearning for a sense of belonging on campus by cooking and sharing food while fostering cross-culture community building and student success in an outdoor setting.

Writing

Facilitators: Elise Stewart 

Point of Contact: Katie Williams (kmwilliams1@csuchico.edu)

Day/Time: Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm

Location: TBD

Start Date: (February) TBD

Description: 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.

Study Group 

Facilitator: Katie Williams (kmwilliams1@csuchico.edu)

Day/Time: Tuesdays, 9:00-10:30am

Start Date: February 15th, 2022

Location: Meriam Library 

Registration Information: Study Group Registration Form

Do you like to study with others? The WellCat Counseling Center's Peer Coaching Study Group might be a good fit for you. We will meet in the library for 1-1.5 hours to do homework and do life together. A place for motivation, productivity, and mental health resources.

Cross Cultural Healing with CCLC

Facilitator and Point of Contact: Nhoua Xiong (nxiong5@csuchico.edu)

Day/Time: Nhoua Xiong

Start Date: TBD

Location: CCLC