Group Counseling

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, or feel free to drop in if the group is so indicated. You may have a brief pre-screening appointment with a counselor prior to participation in groups that are not drop-in.

Drop-in groups start the week of Jan. 27 during the spring 2014 semester.

Graphic list of groups available for Counseling, After Silence, Beyond Grief and Trauma Chillax, Common Bond, Enjoy the ride, I GOT This, International Circle, Men HealingAfter Silence

Thursdays 1–2:30 p.m. A safe, confidential support group for female survivors of unwanted sexual contact: rape, date rape, sexual assault, molestation, incest, marital rape, childhood sexual abuse, harassment.

Facilitators: Christy Heffron, MSW and Grace Orlando, LMSW

Beyond Grief and Trauma

Wednesdays 10–11:30 a.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: Sarah Good, LPC, LMFT and Grace Orlando, LMSW

Chillax

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 Christy Heffron, MSW

Common Bond

Fridays 11 a.m–12:30 p.m. drop in The focus of Common Bond is to assist the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, allied and asexual student population with a safe, confidential space to talk about any of life's issues or worries. These might include academic pressure, relationship concerns, coming out, dating, image, spirituality and more. The Common Bond group is a safe zone where students, regardless of sexual orientation, can share experiences and support for one another.

Facilitators: Sarah Good, LPC, LMFT and Brian Fuller, Ph.D.

Enjoy the Ride

Tuesdays 11 a.m–12:30 p.m. A confidential, safe group for men and women interested in learning to manage their emotional ups and downs.

Facilitators: Becki Beronja, LPC, and Nicki Stiemsma, LPC

I Got This

Wednesdays 2–3 p.m. drop in A group for students who want to learn strategies that can help them thrive during their time as a college student and beyond.

Facilitators: Sarah Good, LPC, LMFT and Brian Fuller, Ph.D.

International Circle

Thursdays 1–2 p.m. drop in This group provides a place for self-identifying international students seeking support and connection.

Facilitators: Hartini Abdul-Rahman, MA and Delores Walcott, Psy.D.

Men Healing

Mondays 4:30–6 p.m. A safe, confidential support group for male survivors of unwanted sexual contact: rape, date rape, sexual assault, molestation, incest, marital rape, childhood sexual abuse, harassment.

Facilitators: Dave Jones, M.Ed and Marc Greene, MA