Group Counseling

Students may choose to participate in one of our psychoeducational, psychotherapeutic, or support groups. Offerings for Spring 17 Groups are posted below.  Please check back frequently as more will be added as the semester begins.

Groups vary a great deal in content and format. Some are educational and curriculum-based and may feel like small seminars in which the leader instructs the participants with some discussion. Groups designed to teach study skills or coping strategies are examples. Other groups are designed to provide support for particular populations of students, such as international or GLBTQ students. Support groups are generally unstructured and informal, and the content is largely determined by the students in attendance. Other groups are more traditionally psychotherapeutic in nature, and the leader or co-leaders guide the participants in discussions of relevant topics. Whatever the format and content, group counseling can be intimidating to students at first because it may feel frightening to share personal thoughts, feelings, and experiences with a number of peers at once. However, once the initial anxiety is overcome, groups can provide relief, comfort, and support to participants. Most people find it very reassuring to talk with others who have similar feelings and life experiences, and a group can be a powerful tool for healing and change.

The makeup of groups will change from year to year and even semester to semester. Students who are currently seeing a CAPS therapist can speak directly to him or her about the possibility of joining a group. Other interested students should see check out the groups below and then call Chariklia Flanagan at 860.685.3143 to inquire about participation. It is likely that interested students will be asked to meet briefly with a therapist to ensure that participation in a group is the right decision.

Current - Spring 17 Groups:

Journey Forward- Group for students struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating, and/or body image concerns

Tuesdays, starting March 7th from 5-6:30 pm

This group is a confidential and nonjudgmental space to receive support and learn coping skills for disordered eating and negative body image. All genders and gender expressions are welcome.

Please contact Annie Keating-Scherer, LCSW via email ( to schedule a phone intake, prior to group.


Self-Care for Survivors: A structured 9 week psycho-educational support group that focuses on helping students develop sustainable self-care practices. Each week, the group focuses on a different aspect of building sustainable self-care practices.  Topics include self-compassion, sleep hygiene, mindfulness and creativity and play. Sessions include art, movement and other activities. The group meets once a week for 1.5 hours.

For more information about joining a group, contact Alysha B. Warren, LPC, Therapist/Sexual Violence Resource Coordinator at


On the path to finding balance and actively moving toward what we truly value in life.  This is a 6-session workshop series for students who want to develop resilience in dealing with stress from within and from without. 

The workshop series will meet on Wednesday from 4 pm – 5 pm beginning February 8th, 2017 in the Solarium (2nd Floor) – Davison Health Center. 

If you are interested, please contact Dr. Smith Kidkarndee at or Dr. Lisa Miceli at by 5 pm on February 3rd, 2017.


FEBRUARY: Your Self-Esteem: An Interactive Workshop

In this workshop, we will discuss the defining feature of one's self-esteem: how one feels about oneself, and how 'self-esteem' differs from 'self-worth'. We will review some of the causes of a positive or negative self-esteem, and how this can manifest itself throughout one's life, e.g., in the ability to form and maintain relationships, and to succeed in a career. We will also discuss strategies for improvement.
Students will be given the opportunity to engage in activities for participation.

Date: February 23, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Location: Boger Hall - Room 115
Presenter: Richard Simonson, M.B.A., M.C.P., J.D., Social Work Intern - Counseling and Psychological Services 
Light refreshments will be served.

Please click here to RSVP for this event.

MARCH: Self-care for the overworked student: In 5, 10, or 15 minutes

This workshop will focus on time sensitive ways to incorporate self-care into your busy schedule. We will try out a few ideas together and provide options for you to try yourself.

Date: March 28th, 2017
Time: 5:30pm -7pm
Location: Boger Hall – Room 113
Presenter: Paula Sands, M.A., Psychology Extern - Counseling and Psychological Services
Light refreshments will be served.

Please click here to RSVP for this event.

MAY: Relationships: they bring out the worst, but also the best in us

The relationships we have each other, whether they be in the context of family, friendship or romantic partners affect us in profound ways. Although each of us have unique patterns of relating to others, these patterns can be grouped in helpful ways. This workshop will empower you to know yourself in a deeper way – to know more about the ways you have learned to act and feel when interacting with other people — and to use that information in constructive ways in future relationships.

Date: May 4th, 2017
Time: 5:30pm -7pm
Location: Boger Hall – Room 113
Presenter: Josh Green, M.A., Psychology Extern - Counseling and Psychological Services
Light refreshments will be served.

Please click here to RSVP for this event.


Wesleyan Counseling and Psychological Services is accepting applications for the WESupport Workshop Series.  WESupport is a series of six 1-hour sessions that prepares students to be peer mental health advocates.  Participating students will learn about a variety of mental health topics, become familiar with the signs that a friend or acquaintance may be in distress, gain practice talking with someone who is struggling, and become familiar with both campus and community resources.  Students who complete all six sessions are eligible to join the WESupport student group, an active network of peer mental health advocates.

For students interested in becoming Peer Mental Health Advocates, we offer a six-week training seminar that covers issues ranging from depression and anxiety to suicide prevention.  Please contact Dr. Jennifer D’Andrea at for more information or to apply to this program.



(Sponsored by the office of Counseling and Psychological Services)

Meets: Weekly
Time: 8 pm

Location: Solarium (Room 201)
(2nd fl., Davison Health Center)

Intended to create a network of support for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Please feel free to come and leave when it is convenient for you.

For more information please contact:

Contact us at 860.685.2910