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Group Counseling

Services and Appointments During COVID-19

The Counseling Center offers a variety of group experiences depending on the need that particular semester (i.e., Connections on Campus Interpersonal Group, Dissertation Support Group, LGBTQ Support Group, Grief & Loss Support Group).

Groups typically involve 1-2 counselors with 8-10 students, and they usually meet weekly or biweekly for 60-90 minutes. You control what and how much you share with the group, and we encourage you to share only when you are ready.

Group counseling provides you with a unique opportunity to:

  • relate with others in a way that can increase self-awareness
  • experiment with different ways of interacting
  • connect with peers who have similar experiences
  • improve your interpersonal relationships

A commitment to confidentiality is required for participation in group counseling.

Occasionally students feel nervous or uncomfortable with the idea of joining groups. This is normal. Pursuing or confronting the things that cause us to feel uneasy can sometimes be the most beneficial way to facilitate change. The Counseling Center Staff recognizes this and, as such, efforts are made to ensure group environments are supportive and safe.

The first step to joining any group is to complete a triage appointment. Please use our self-scheduling feature in your student health portal.

For general group questions, please secure message our Group Coordinator Lauren Mirzakhalili, LCSW-C via your student health portal.

Reflecting Retrievers: Undergraduate Student Process Group

Reflecting Retrievers: Undergraduate Student Process Group provides a safe, confidential space for students to find a sense of connection and shared understanding as well as an opportunity to learn from others’ experiences. Members will also learn how to make new relationships and/or improve existing ones. The ultimate goal is for members to gain greater self-knowledge and develop more meaningful connections with friends, family, partners, etc. The group requires a semester-long commitment.

Day and Time: Mondays, 3 – 4:15 p.m.

Facilitators: Lauren Mirzakhalili, MSS, LCSW-C (She/Her/Hers) & Yan Ni, Psy.D. (She/Her/Hers)

Reflecting Retrievers: Graduate Student Process Group

Reflecting Retrievers: Graduate Student Process Group is a semester-long group geared towards students in masters’ and doctoral programs. This group is designed to provide a safe and confidential environment for graduate students to discuss the stress and challenges they’re facing being in grad school. Members will also have space to process relational concerns and personal difficulties they may be experiencing. We hope that the group cultivates deep and meaningful conversations and contributes to group members’ emotional wellbeing.

Day and Time: Tuesdays, 3 – 4:15 p.m.

Facilitators: Seanita Scott, M.A. (She/Her/Hers) & Morgan Christie, Ph.D. (She/Her/Hers)

Support Group for Transgender, Non-binary, and Gender Questioning Students

Support Group for Transgender, Non-binary, and Gender Questioning Students is a semester-long, emotional support group for students who identify as trans, genderqueer, gender fluid, non-binary, bigender, and/or those who are questioning their gender identity.

Day and Time: Fridays 2 – 2:50 p.m.

Facilitators: Sunny Swift, Psy.D. (He/Him/They/Them) & Errol Hudson, M.A. (He/Him/His)

Introvert Empowerment Discussion Group

Introvert Empowerment Discussion Group is a new and exciting group geared towards book lovers and students that value and crave self-reflection. Ever been shamed for being “too shy”? Ever wonder why it can be so natural to talk one on one with a good friend, but feel super exhausted in group situations? This group aims to reframe the way you see the introvert vs extrovert spectrum, and empower you to be a proud introvert! “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain will serve as a foundation, so be prepared to read chapters in between sessions! The group will be moderated by Sam Chan, LCSW-C using questions that both challenge and support students. This group runs for 6 weeks.

Day and Time: Tuesdays 2:30 – 3:45 p.m., Starts October 19

Facilitator: Sam L Chan, LCSW-C (He/Him/His)

Survivor First Group

Survivor First is a semester-long interpersonal processing group for students who have experienced sexual assault. This group is designed to provide a safe and confidential space for students to address how sexual trauma has impacted them and their ability to relate to others. The goal of the group is not to recount specific experiences of trauma in detail, but rather to help survivors learn new ways of connecting and relating to others. Survivor First is a gender inclusive group.

Day and Time: Thursdays 1 – 2 p.m.

Facilitators: Yan Ni, Psy.D. (She/Her/Hers) & Morgan Christie, Ph.D. (She/Her/Hers)

Flexible and Balanced (FAB) Living Group

Flexible and Balanced (FAB) Living is a 7-week group for students experiencing anxiety, depression, or stress related to perfectionism. It is based on concepts and skills from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Through a combination of exercises and discussions, the group will help students recognize and begin to change unhealthy perfectionistic thoughts and behaviors (e.g., all-or-nothing thinking, setting unrealistic standards, negative self-talk, basing self-worth on achievement). Skills introduced include thought monitoring, challenging unhelpful thoughts, behavioral experiments, self-compassion, and mindfulness.

Day and Time: Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Facilitators: Kevin Tabb, Ph.D. (He/Him/His) & Julia Heavner, M.S. (She/Her/Hers)

You’ve Got This Group

You’ve Got This Group is a 4-week program, based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  It is intended to help students develop the tools that they need to cope with some of the challenges they experience in their day to day life. The program utilizes evidence-based skills and strategies designed to reduce symptoms of distress and increase positive coping strategies. Topics include mindfulness, thought as thought, emotion as emotion, and interpersonal effectiveness.

(1st round) Day & Time: Wednesdays 1 – 2:30 p.m., Starts September 22

Facilitators: Janae Cephas, M.S. (She/Her/Hers) & Lauren Mirzakhalili, LCSW-C (She/Her/Hers)

(2nd round) Day & Time: Mondays1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Starts November 1

Facilitators: Shereen Ashai, B.A. (She/Her/Hers) & Lauren Mirzakhalili, LCSW-C (She/Her/Hers)

Counseling Center staff are open to developing groups based on student needs. Please let us know what other groups you’d be interested in joining by calling the Counseling Center.