COVID-19 Updates

The University Counseling Center has adapted most of our services for health and safety of our staff and students. We will be updating our website regularly with new information on changes to our operations so check back often, or call our office at 541-346-3227. Find the most up-to-date information on accessing our services on the COVID-19 Services page.

Mental Health Services



Student 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 
Biweekly Thursdays (Week 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10), 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Dr. Aris Hall, Dr. Nikki Chery, and Stella-Marie Akindayomi
Join on Zoom here.

For students who self-identify as Black/African-American to connect with one another and identify challenges and strengths within their community. Discussions include discrimination campus climate, self-preservation, coping strategies, activist fatigue, racial stress and more, with an emphasis on culturally-relevant radical self-care. 

Addressing Anti-Asian Violence: ADPI Student Community Dialogue
April 14 and May 12, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Facilitators: Mariko Lin and Bango Gancinia
Join on Zoom here.

In light of the surge of anti-Asian violence including the recent shootings that occurred in Atlanta, the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE), University Counseling Services (UCS), and Sexual Violence Prevention & Education (SVPE) are offering a space to validate and name the racialized nature of these violent incidences. During a time we’re remote, we wanted to provide a space for students to collectively express and process their fear, pain, and any other emotions that have arisen as a response to the escalated acts of xenophobic, Sinophobic and misogynistic violence towards our East and South-East Asian community members during the pandemic. This space is for all students that identify within the Asian, Desi, & Pacific Islander (ADPI) community. To center community building, this space is open to any students living in the Eugene/Springfield area, so we invite students from Lane Community College and Bushnell University to join us.

This event is a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in April and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) in May. For other SAAM events, please lookout for the Teal SAAM 2021 banner on UO events and visit For APAHM events, please visit this webpage.

Therapy Groups

Creating Healthy Relationships*
Mondays 2:00–3:30 p.m. with Mariko Lin and Bango Gancinia
Tuesdays 4:00–5:30 p.m. with Brett Vicario and Carolyn Meiller
Thursdays 4:30–6:00 p.m. with Chris Michaels and Monica Becerra

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 towards improving self-confidence, appropriate and assertive communication, comfort with addressing conflict, and appropriate boundary setting.

Me Too Support Group*
Wednesdays 2:00–3:30 p.m.

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.
Group Leader: Colleen McCarthy

Mood, Food, and You*
Wednesdays 4:00–5:30 p.m.

Support, self-exploration, and skill-building for any person with body image concerns and/or folx who struggle with overeating/emotional eating/binge eating. Members will explore the history of their concerns and understand the impacts on personal/social functioning, learn skills to manage emotions that often lead to destructive/unwanted behaviors, and work to increase their health and self-esteem.
Group Leader: Amanda Buduris

Healing from Family Challenges*
Thursdays 1:00–2:30 p.m.

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 towards personal goals.
Group Leader: Colleen McCarthy

Living with Loss*
Fridays 1:30-3:00 p.m.

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 and supported to others experiencing loss, and gain a greater understanding of how grief and loss impacts them.  
Group Leader: Kristen Besler

*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 20-30 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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