Discussion Spaces

A supportive space for students to connect, discuss, and build community. Students may attend as many of the meetings as they find helpful. Though a therapist will be present, please note that these services are not considered to be counseling, therapy, or treatment. They may, however, still be beneficial to the emotional well-being of participants. 

Black Community Table
Wednesdays, noon–1:00 p.m. at the Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Facilitators: Dr. Cecile Gadson and Dr. Aris Hall

In collaboration with the Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center, Black Community Table provides a space for Black* students and staff to connect for a weekly discussion related to the strengths and challenges within the community. The discussion varies weekly with topics ranging from campus climate and activism to mental health as well as popular culture. We welcome Black students and staff for an open dialogue where they can be their radical and authentic selves. This space will be part of Wellness Wednesdays.

**Black, African, African-American, Afro-Latinx, Afro-Caribbean, or the African Diaspora

Kuponya: Centering Black Healing
First Wednesday of every month, 1:00–2:00 p.m. via Zoom — Register for the link
Facilitator: Dr. Cecile Gadson

This space is for Black-identified** students, faculty members, and staff to engage in guided soulfulness mindfulness, African-centered healing strategies, and dialogue to promote collective healing. We invite Black students, faculty members, and staff to connect, breathe, and heal in a space designed specifically for them. 

**Black, African, African-American, Afro-Latinx, Afro-Caribbean, or the African Diaspora

Therapy Groups

Creating Healthy Relationships*
Mondays 2:00–3:30 p.m. with Brett Vicario and Bonnie Kester
Tuesdays 4:00-5:30 p.m. with Carolyn Meiller and Juliene Fresnedi
Wednesdays 3:00-4:30 p.m. with Kate Phillips and Stephanie Dinius
Thursdays 1:30–3:00 p.m. with Brett Vicario and Lindsy Crane-Martens

For students who are interested in learning about their relationship with themselves and with others in their lives. Members gain awareness about interpersonal patterns that they may engage in without even realizing it, and about how they are perceived by others. Members work toward improving self-confidence, appropriate and assertive communication, comfort with addressing conflict, and appropriate boundary setting.

Me Too Process Group*
Tuesdays 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Dr. Colleen McCarthy

For students of all genders and identities who have had unwanted sexual experiences at any time in their lives. Members gain understanding of how sexual violence has impacted them, work on creating a sense of safety, grow their abilities to have meaningful connections with others, and address feelings that follow sexual violence.

Parent/Graduate/Nontraditional Student*
Thursdays 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Melissa Gomsrud, MA, LPC 

This group is a safe, welcoming, and affirming space for all non-traditional and graduate students, including students who are parenting! Let’s all join together and provide support to one another. In group we can move from collection of individuals into a strong and supportive community.

Living with Loss*
Winter 2023

Navigating the loss of someone close to you can be an overwhelming and sometimes isolating experience as a college student. This group is aimed to help students navigate the grieving process to facilitate understanding and healing. Members of this group will have an opportunity to learn about the grief process, express and explore emotions related to grief in a safe space, feel connected to and supported by others experiencing loss, and gain a greater understanding of how grief and loss impacts them.

Healing from Family Challenges*
Winter 2023

For students who have experienced significant distress or dysfunction within their family of origin (such as abuse, substance use, divorce or separation, etc.), which has impacted core beliefs about self and others, self-worth, and relationships with others. Focus is on increasing self-awareness, exploring impact of family experiences, enhancing interpersonal skills, and working toward personal goals.

Sista Circle*
Winter 2023

Sista Circle is a processing and support group for African-American/Black-identified** womxn to work through concerns such as academic stress, self-esteem, family challenges, relationships, identity development, mental health concerns, and much more. Group members will be able to work through their presenting concerns, find community, and be empowered in a protected therapy space.

**Black, African, African-American, Afro-Latinx, Afro-Caribbean, or the African Diaspora

*Groups that require a pre-group orientation meeting

What to expect from a pre-group orientation: You will be meeting with the therapists who facilitate the group for a 20- to 30-minute appointment. At this meeting, you and the group therapists will get to know each other, you will get information about the group and how it functions, and about the structure and format of the group. You will also be oriented to how you can receive the most benefit from the group through intentional participation. This is also an opportunity for you to be able to ask any questions you have about the group. Once you and the therapists have talked about your needs and your goals, a decision is collaboratively made about whether this group is the best fit for you.

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