Counseling and Psychological Services

Group Counseling

Students may choose to participate in one of our psychoeducational, psychotherapeutic, or support groups. Offerings for Fall 2015 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 - Fall 2015 Groups:


(Sponsored by the office of Counseling and Psychological Services)

Meets: Weekly
Time: 7:00pm
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:

Sexual Assault Survivors* Support Group      

Connect and heal in the company of others.
Meetings follow an open support group format
and participants determine topics each week.
Tuesdays beginning September 22nd – December 8th from 5:30PM-6:45PM.
to sign up and with questions.  Reference  “Tuesday Support Group” in the subject line.

Sign up by Thursday, September 17th.
*The group is open to female identified survivors.
       Please contact Alysha if you’re interested in
     joining the male-identified survivors support group.

Male Survivors Sexual Assault Support Group

The Sexual Assault Support Group for male-identified survivors will be held on
Tuesdays beginning September 29th-December 8th from 7:00-8:15pm.  

Meetings will follow an open support group format and participants determine group topics each week.
Alysha B. Warren, LPC, Therapist/Sexual Violence Resource Coordinator for more information.
Reference “Tuesday Support Group” in the subject line.
The deadline to sign-up is
Thursday, September 24th.

WesSupport (Student-Led) Group Offerings (click here)

Mindful Acceptance

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 Mondays from 3pm – 4pm beginning October 5th, 2015 in the Solarium (2nd Floor) – Davison Health Center. 

If you are interested, please contact Dr. Smith Kidkarndee at or Dr. Lisa Miceli at by 5pm on September 28th, 2015.

Journey Forward:
On the Path to Intuitive Eating and Healthy Body Image

This is a CAPS-facilitated co-educational group for those who struggle with complicated or
disordered eating, eating disorders and/or preoccupation with food, weight or body image.

The group will meet for 8 weeks on Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:00pm,
beginning on October 22nd.  A preliminary intake is required before joining the group.

Please contact Joy Zelikovsky, LPC at 860-685-2646 or





Contact us at 860.685.2910