COVID-19 Notice

Although in-person sessions are temporarily suspended due to Covid-19, the Counseling Center is available for remote services. We can be reached by phone at (360) 650-3164 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and our after-hours crisis support is available at all other times by calling (360) 650-3164 and pressing or saying “1.” 

Every quarter, the Counseling 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. 

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.
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.
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.

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 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.


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

Spring Quarter 2021 Groups

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After Silence

2 - 3:20 p.m.

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

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Art-Based Support Group

4 - 5:15 p.m.
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.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Deidre Evans at 360-650-7982 or

Facilitator: Deidre Evans, MSW

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Breaking Free

2 - 3:20 p.m.
Online Support Group

This support group is for students of all identities who experience disordered eating. This group offers opportunities to connect with others, find connections between disordered eating behaviors and your emotions, and learn different ways of coping with your feelings.

Facilitator: Nikki Cassidy, PsyD 

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Build Your Social Confidence

2 - 3:20 p.m.

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.

Facilitators: CJ Swanlund, PsyD & Teresa Hoffman, MS

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Grief Group

2:30 - 3:50 p.m.

Online Support Group

This support group is for students who have experienced the death of a loved one and are still actively struggling with grief.  This group offers opportunities to learn about bereavement, connect with others who are going through a similar experience, and participate in activities for further healing.

Facilitators: Tonya Pepper, LMHC & Daniel Mai, MA

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2:30-3:50 p.m. 

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

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Queer Connections

2 - 3:20 p.m.
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

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Staying Afloat: Skills to Deal with Difficult Emotions

10:30 - 11:50 a.m.

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 & Sam Haghighi, MS

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Take ACTion

10:30 - 11:50 a.m.
Online Skills Group

This experiential skills group is for students who want to attend to their mental health and work towards a full, rich, meaningful life. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) focuses on learning how to be in the present moment with full awareness and openness to experience and to take action guided by your values.

Facilitators: Jennifer Gildner, PhD & Teresa Hoffman, MS

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Understanding Self and Others

2 - 3:20 p.m.

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