Winter Quarter 2024 Update
Due to high demand, starting 2/26/24 until the end of Winter Quarter, students who schedule a phone consultation appointment may receive one follow-up appointment before the end of Winter Quarter. Ongoing group and individual therapy will be available at the start of Spring Quarter.
Our quarterly groups are designed to facilitate connection, promote personal growth and self-understanding, and build resilience.
If you're interested in joining a group, call 360-650-3164 to schedule a drop-in phone consultation with a counselor.
Not finding the group you are looking for?
Scroll down to the bottom of the page for a list of community-based and virtual groups.
Closed vs. Open Groups
Most of our groups are closed groups, in which each weekly session builds on the previous one. Closed groups require a commitment to attend every week of the quarter. Please consider if this is a reasonable commitment for you.
A support group for students of all identities impacted by family trauma who desire information about the impact of trauma and would like to improve self-compassion and self-care while maintaining connection with others.
Facilitator: Gabrielle Hope-Foucalt, MA, LMHC
Build Your Social Confidence
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
Understanding Self and Others
Students of all identities can learn more about themselves, their relationships, and connecting with others in an experiential setting.
Facilitators: Gabrielle Hope-Foucault, LMHC
Build Your Social Confidence 2.0
Calling all Build Your Social Confidence (BYSC) Group Alums! Join us to continue practicing your BYSC skills to gain confidence in managing unhelpful thoughts and discomfort in this open, once-per-quarter group with folks who have gone through the BYSC group program. We will tailor the quarterly meeting activities and discussions to the needs of the folks who show up!
Facilitator: CJ Swanlund, PsyD
A supportive space for students who exhibit symptoms of anxiety and who are interested in learning more about anxiety. Participants will learn new coping skills and other ways to manage anxious feelings through mindfulness and Acceptance Commitment Therapy techniques practiced in real time during the group as well as outside of the group.
Facilitator: Gwen Koenig, MA, LMHC
Art-Based Survivor Support Group
An advocate-led confidential 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 relationship abuse and sexual violence and focuses on supporting one another in healing. Participants will engage in art-based activities and facilitated dialogue. All supplies are provided.
This group does not require a 30-minute phone screening appointment. To enroll in this group, please contact Deidre Evans by email or phone.
Facilitator: Deidre Evans, MSW
Develop and practice healthier and more effective coping skills for navigating difficult emotions and interpersonal relationships in a supportive space.
Facilitator: Ruby Casiano, PhD
Living with Loss
A space for students coping with the death or imminent death of a significant person to express emotion, share experiences related to bereavement, and receive and provide support.
Facilitator: Holly Weber, PsyD
Existing within systems that are catered to neurotypical ways of thinking can be exhausting and isolating for neurodivergent minds. This support group aims to provide a neurodivergent positive space for students who have ADHD and/or exist on the Autism Spectrum to share common experiences, seek support, and build connections.
Requests for specific accommodations are welcome at any time, although submitting a request via email prior to the meeting is preferred.
Learn more about depression and nurture your self-compassion in this psychoeducational skills group.
Facilitator: Nikki Cassidy, PsyD
Recruiting for Spring Quarter: Lost and Found
A support group for LGBTQ+ students whose family dynamics are impacted by their gender and/or sexuality. Students gain psychoeducation around family dynamics and how it impacts them and their relationships, and ways to increase self compassion and self care. Examples of complicated family dynamics include: controlling parental dynamics, unsupportive parents, and inability to come out due to family.
Facilitator: Sanjana Satishkumar, MS, LMHCA
Recruiting for Spring Quarter: After Silence
Every quarter, the Counseling and Wellness Center offers a variety of different groups. In our group settings, 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 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 a drop-in phone consultation with a counselor 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 our groups require either a group screen and/or intake appointment to join following a drop-in appointment.
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.
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.
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.
Not finding the group you are looking for? The following are several community-based and virtual therapy groups that you might find helpful:
Eating Disorders Support
Eating Disorders Hope
List of online eating disorder support groups.
Gurze Salucore Eating Disorders Resource Catalog
List of eating disorder support groups in WA.
Eating Disorders Resource Center
List of free online eating disorder and body image support groups.
National Eating Disorders Association
List of NEDA Network virtual support groups.
The Eating Disorder Foundation
Calendar of virtual eating disorder support groups.
Eating Recovery Center Support Groups
Offering free virtual groups for college students.
National Alliance for Eating Disorders
Free, therapist-led support groups for eating disorders
DVSAS of Whatcom County
List of support groups for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Survivors of Incest Anonymous
Support for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Grief & Loss Support