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
Tuesdays, noon–12:45 p.m. at the Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Facilitators: Dr. Cecile Gadson, Dr. Aris Hall, and Stella-Marie Akindayomi

In collaboration with the BCC and Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE), this space 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 combining Super Soul Tuesday’s lunch and learn series.

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

Kuponya: Centering Black Healing
Fridays, noon–1:00 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 Shuyan Sheng
Tuesdays noon–1:30 p.m. with Toni Forbes Berg and Chrissy Davis
Tuesdays 4:30-6:00 p.m. with Shuyan Sheng
Thursdays 3:00-4:30 p.m. with Caryn Zaner and Brianna Mintz
Thursdays 4:30–6:00 p.m. with Carolyn Meiller and Mariah Beltran
Fridays 2:00-3:30 p.m. with Caryn Zaner (for LGBTQIA2S+ students)

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.

Living with Loss*
Tuesdays 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Brett Vicario and Celia Caffrey

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*
Tuesdays 3:00-4:30 p.m. with Colleen McCarthy
Thursdays 3:30–5:00 p.m. with Amanda Buduris

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*
Tuesdays 4:30–6:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Dr. Cecile Gadson

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

Mood, Food, and You
Fridays 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Amanda Buduris

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

Me Too Process Group*
Fridays 3:00–4:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Colleen McCarthy and Chrissy Davis

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.

*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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