Groups

Group Therapy

COVID-19 Notice

The Counseling & Wellness Center is open for telehealth Monday-Friday. Our drop-in phone consultations are available Monday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm, by calling 360-650-3164. After-hours crisis support is available by calling 360-650-3164 and pressing or saying “1.” If you are interested in initiating ongoing services, you may do so by utilizing a drop-in phone consultation beginning Wednesday, September 22.

Group Support

Every quarter, the Counseling and Wellness Center offers a variety of different groups. In group therapy, you can count on the expertise of the counselors who facilitate the group, and you can also get to know other students who are experiencing similar issues as you. Our therapy groups are designed to facilitate connection, promote personal growth and self-understanding, and build resilience. A common theme for group participants is wanting to learn how to change thinking, feelings, and/or behavior to feel better about themselves and cope more effectively with life. Now more than ever, it’s so important that we find ways to connect with others and remind ourselves that we’re not alone. 

Interested in Joining?

If interested in joining a group, call 360-650-3164 to schedule an initial phone consultation with the group facilitator who will recommend whether the group could be of benefit to you. Most groups start near the beginning of the quarter, so be sure you call within the first few weeks of classes. If a group has already started, you can ask to be placed on a waiting list for next quarter. Please note some groups require a counseling intake before joining. If this is the case for your group, the facilitator will schedule the intake appointment with you during your consultation. Joining a Counseling and Wellness Center group can be incredibly beneficial, however you must commit to attending the group each week of the quarter. Please consider if this is a reasonable commitment for you.

Questions?

If you need any more information, please email Gabrielle Hope-Foucault, LMHC, Coordinator of Groups Program. 

Types of Groups

Support Group

Members in similar circumstances can share in an open and unedited fashion. Support groups allow members to find self-acceptance as they are; these groups validate and normalize each person’s experience. They are a place for encouragement from other group members and group facilitators.

Skills Group

Group members have the opportunity to learn and develop their abilities in a particular realm of mental health. These groups are geared toward empowering students to better cope and care for themselves and are often experiential.

Process Group

The power of process groups lies in the unique opportunity to receive multiple perspectives, support, and feedback from other individuals in a safe and confidential environment. Process groups are typically 5-10 members and are generally unstructured; the primary focus of therapy is on the interactions among group members. Discussion flows according to what members would like to talk about — the group leaders do not, for the most part, assign topics for discussion. Members are encouraged to give support and feedback to others while also working with their own reactions to feedback that is received. These interactions can provide group members an opportunity to deepen their self-awareness and to learn how they relate with others.

Fall 2021 Groups

After Silence

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Wednesdays
2 - 3:20 pm
Online Support Group

A confidential space for students who identify on the feminine gender spectrum to learn resilience skills and connect with others after experiencing interpersonal violence.

Facilitators: Nikki Cassidy, PsyD & Deidre Evans, MSW

Art-Based Support Group

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Mondays
4 - 5:15 pm
Online Support Group

A support group for survivors of violence that is available to and affirming of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. This group aims to foster connections among survivors of violence and focus on supporting one another in healing. Participants will engage in art-based activities and facilitated dialogue. 

All supplies will be provided and mailed to you ahead of group starting.

Facilitator: Deidre Evans, MSW

Breaking Free

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Thursdays
2 - 3:20 pm
Online Support Group

This support group is for students of all identities who struggle with issues related to food and body image. This group offers opportunities to connect with others, find connections between food/body image and your emotions, and help shift your relationship to food and your body.

Facilitator: Nikki Cassidy, PsyD 

Build Your Social Confidence

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Mondays
4 - 5:20 pm
Online Skills Group

This group is for students that experience fear, anxiety, and discomfort in social situations that contribute to isolation and feelings of loneliness and embarrassment. Learn and practice new skills to reduce social anxiety and strategies to increase social engagement.

Facilitator: CJ Swanlund, PsyD

Harm Reduction Support Group

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Mondays
3 - 4:30 pm
Online Support Group

Is something about your substance use getting in the way of a good time? Maybe you think cutting back might be helpful but aren’t interested in giving up your substance of choice entirely. If this sounds like you, this group is for you! Learn more about your relationship with substances and understand how substance use interacts with other parts of your life. YOU get to decide what changes you want to make with the help of a supportive group of people.

This is not an abstinence-only group, and this group will not fulfill requirements for court-mandated treatment.

Facilitators: Gwen Koenig and Stephanie Bowser

Mindfulness

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Thursdays
2:30-3:50 pm 
Online Skills Group

Through a variety of experiential activities, meditation, and thoughtful discussion, group participants will gain understanding of the fundamentals of mindfulness practice, receive support for establishing a daily mindfulness practice, and learn ways to improve self-awareness, self-compassion, and emotional well-being.

Facilitator: Tonya Pepper, LMHC

Pandemic Support and Skills Group

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Wednesdays
2:30 - 3:50 pm
Online Support & Skills Group

Many people have found themselves languishing from the chronic stress of living through a global crisis and are seeking ways to move forward in a healthier way. Connect with others who identify with your struggle and discover ways to process, integrate, and resiliently navigate life in a time of challenge and unpredictability. 

Facilitator: Tonya Pepper, LMHC

Queer Connections

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Wednesdays
2 - 3:20 pm
Online Support Group

A safe and confidential virtual space for students to discuss issues related to LGBTQIA identities. All are welcome, including those questioning their identity.

Facilitator: Jennifer Gildner, PhD

Staying Afloat

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Thursdays
10:30 - 11:50 am
Online Skills Group

Develop and practice healthier and more effective coping skills for navigating difficult emotions and interpersonal relationships in a supportive space.

Facilitator: Ruby Casiano, PhD

Understanding Self and Others

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Tuesdays
2 - 3:20 pm
Online Process Group

Students of all identities can learn more about themselves, their relationships, and connecting with others in an experiential setting.

Facilitator: Gabrielle Hope-Foucault, LMHC