Groups

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 “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. 

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.

Fall Quarter 2020 Groups

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After Silence

Wednesdays
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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Build Your Social Confidence

Mondays
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.

Facilitator: CJ Swanlund, PsyD

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Grief Group

Fridays
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 

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Mindfulness

Thursdays
2:30-3:50 p.m.

Online

Skills group: This group is for people who want to find balance through exploration of mood and anxiety concerns, and improve emotional health through meditation, experiential activities, and thoughtful discussion.

Facilitator: Tonya Pepper, LMHC

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Staying Afloat: Skills to Deal with Difficult Emotions

Mondays
10:30-12 p.m.

Online

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

Facilitator: Ruby Casiano, PhD

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Understanding Self and Others Group

Tuesdays
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