Groups & Workshops

Every quarter, the counseling center offers a variety of different groups and workshops. 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. Please see the following handout to learn more about what you can expect if you choose to participate in a process group

Workshops include psycho-educational and skill building sessions. Workshops do not require consistent attendance.  You do not even need to be a client at the counseling center to attend.  In workshops, there is less emphasis on sharing personal experiences, so just plan to show up and learn something new, or engage in some healthy practices!

Click on the specific group/workshop name below for more information or download the current group flier. If interested in joining a group, call (360) 650-3164 to schedule an initial appointment 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.







Grief Group

3:30-4:50 pm



Breaking Free

2:00-3:20 pm


After Silence

3:00-4:20 pm; OM 585B



Understanding Self & Others

2:00-3:20 pm


Yoga For Resilience

2:30-4:00p; location TBD



Queer Connections

2:00-3:20 pm

Men's Group

3:30-4:50 pm





3:30-4:50 pm


Women's Group

3:30-4:50 pm





After Silence 

A safe, confidential support group for individuals who identify on the feminine gender spectrum and have been affected by sexual assault or abusive relationships.

Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:20 pm

Old Main 585 B, CASAS Office

Facilitators: Nikki Cassidy PsyD & Deidre Evans, MSW

Breaking Free

This group is open to students of all gender identities who experience disordered eating. This group offers a supportive space for students to share their experiences, thoughts, fears, hopes, and emotions regarding food and body image.

Tuesdays, 2:00-3:20 pm

Old Main 540, Counseling Center

Facilitator: Nikki Cassidy, PsyD


Grief Group

This support group is a place to share the pain of our losses, the memories of our loved ones, and the wisdom we may have gained from our grief. Whether your loss happened recently or years ago.

Mondays 3:30-4:50pm

Old Main 540, Counseling Center

Facilitators: Phil Burns, MS; Rachael Mishanec, MA


Men’s Group

A process group for students who identify on the masculine gender spectrum to meet and discuss issues relevant to their lives, their identities, and their sense of self. Participating will increase your awareness as you learn from and relate to other men on campus.

Thursdays, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Old Main 540, Counseling Center

Facilitator: Phil Burns, MS; Travis Dennison, MA


Mindfulness 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.

Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:50 pm

Old Main 540, Counseling Center

Facilitator: Kelsey Johnson, LMHC


Queer Connections

A support group for undergraduate and graduate students who are looking for a safe and confidential space to discuss issues related to identities within the LGBTQIA community. All identities within the LGBTQIA spectrum, including those questioning their identities, are welcome.

Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:20 pm

Old Main 540, Counseling Center

Facilitators: Jennifer Gildner, PhD


Understanding Self and Others Group

A process group that provides an opportunity for students to learn more about themselves, their relationship,s and how to connect with others.

Thursdays, 2:00 - 3:20 pm

Old Main 540, Counseling Center

Facilitators: Dylan Keenberg, PsyD; Rachael Mishanec, MA


Women’s Group

A safe space for individuals who identify on the feminine gender spectrum to connect with other women and to share your thoughts on issues such as assertiveness, body image, intimacy, and friendships. 

Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:50 pm

Old Main 540, Counseling Center

Facilitator: Gabrielle Hope-Foucault, LMHC; Heather Freeman, MA


Yoga For Resilience

Learn to cope with painful and/or difficult circumstances through embodied movement, meditation, and connection to self and others.  All bodies, all genders, all levels welcome.

Fridays, 2:30-4:00p

Location TBD

Facilitators: Kelsey Johnson, LMHC; Heather Freeman, MA


Happy Hour

A workshop series to help you live your best life (with a little help from positive psychology).  Light refreshments/snacks provided.

4/17: 1:30-3pm VU 567 Practicing Gratitude and Positive Thinking

5/1: 1:30-3pm VU 565 Self-Compassion

5/15: 1:30-3pm VU 567 Managing Stress

Facilitators: Brandon Joseph, M.S.; Chris Edwards, Psy.D.

Life Hacks

This 8-week workshop series is focused on building coping skills related to mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Drawing from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, students will learn practical tools to help manage distressing thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. For maximum benefit, students are asked to commit to attending at least 4 consecutive sessions starting with the mindfulness module.

Mondays April 8- June 3 (no session May 27)

Old Main 540, Counseling Center

Facilitator: Chris Edwards, PhD

Life Hacks Sessions:

4/8: Mindfulness

4/15: Emotion Regulation

4/22: Distress Tolerance

4/29: Interpersonal Effectiveness

5/6: Mindfulness

5/13: Emotion Regulation

5/20: Distress Tolerance

6/3: Interpersonal Effectiveness

Taming Your Test Anxiety

Do you panic during exams? Are you freezing on your math tests? Is test anxiety dragging down your grades?  Attend this workshop and learn to maximize performance and minimize stress. Also, check out our online resources at the counseling center website.

April 25 4:00-5:00 pm

Viking Union 462B 

Facilitator: Anne Marie Theiler, MS