Group counseling is a type of therapy in which several individuals meet together with a trained therapist(s), often focusing on a common goal. Members learn from others' experiences, receive and give feedback, receive support and learn that they are not alone. Groups offer individuals the opportunity to share personal concerns in a safe, confidential and supportive environment.
Counseling Services at Sindecuse Health Center offers several groups open to current Western Michigan University students. Most groups meet weekly and are open to new participants. Call Counseling Services at (269) 387-1850 if you are interested in participating. You may have a brief pre-screening appointment with a counselor prior to participation in groups that are not drop-in.
Groups offered beginning in fall 2015 include:
Thursdays 1–2:30 p.m. A safe, confidential support group for female survivors of unwanted sexual contact: rape, date rape, marital rape, sexual assault, molestation or harassment.
Facilitators: Christy Heffron, MSW and Grace Orlando, LMSW
Beyond Grief and Trauma
Wednesdays 2 to 3:30 p.m. Following a loss or trauma, each person has a unique emotional experience and way to cope, grieve and react. This group is designed to support members to find their own resilience as they recover and heal from adversity, stress, trauma or tragedy.
Facilitators: Becki Beronja, LPC, and Nicki Stiemsma, LPC
Tuesdays 2–3:30 p.m. drop in Learn to manage stress and anxiety by applying mindfulness techniques to make everyday life more calm and open to enjoyment. For students who feel their stress and anxiety make coping difficult.
Facilitators: Grace Orlando, LMSW and Danielle Standish, LLP Doctoral
The Courage to Heal
Mondays 10–11:30 a.m A confidential, safe group for women and men who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Facilitators: Grace Orlando, LMSW and Christy Heffron, MSW
Face 2 Face
Fridays 10–11:30 a.m. drop in Gain skills to help you create and maintain healthy relationships of all kinds.
Facilitators: Sarah Good, LPC, LMFT and Phil Johnson, LSW
Tuesdays 1:30–3 p.m. drop in Support group for students with trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling)
Facilitator: Becki Beronja, LPC
When Parents Have Problems
Fridays 11 a.m. –12:30 p.m. drop in For students struggling with a mentally ill or addicted parent.
Facilitators: Becki Beronja, LPC, and Christy Heffron, MSW