Group Counseling

Group counseling is a type of therapy in which several individuals meet together with a trained therapist(s), often focusing on a common goal. Members learn from others' experiences, receive and give feedback, receive support and learn that they are not alone. Groups offer individuals the opportunity to share personal concerns in a safe, confidential and supportive environment.

Counseling Services at Sindecuse Health Center offers several groups open to current Western Michigan University students. Most groups meet weekly and are open to new participants. Call Counseling Services at (269) 387-1850 if you are interested in participating. You may have a brief pre-screening appointment with a counselor prior to participation in groups that are not drop-in.

Groups offered include:

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Thursdays 1–2:30 p.m. A safe, confidential support group for female survivors of unwanted sexual contact: rape, date rape, sexual assault, molestation, incest, marital rape, childhood sexual abuse, harassment.

Facilitators: Christy Heffron, MSW and Grace Orlando, LMSW

Beyond Grief and Trauma

Wednesdays 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Following a loss or trauma, each person has a unique emotional experience and way to cope, grieve and react. This group is designed to support members to find their own resilience as they recover and heal from adversity, stress, trauma or tragedy.

Facilitators: Sarah Good, LPC, LMFT and Grace Orlando, LMSW


Tuesdays 2–3:30 p.m. drop in Learn to manage stress and anxiety by applying mindfulness techniques to make everyday life more calm and open to enjoyment. For students who feel their stress and anxiety make coping difficult.

Facilitators: Grace Orlando, LMSW and Christy Heffron, MSW

Enjoy the Ride

Tuesdays 11 a.m–12:30 p.m. A confidential, safe group for men and women interested in learning to manage their emotional ups and downs.

Facilitators: Becki Beronja, LPC, and Nicki Stiemsma, LPC

International Circle

Thursdays 3–4 p.m. drop in This group provides a place for self-identifying international students seeking support and connection.

Facilitators: Hartini Abdul-Rahman, MA and Tara Palmieri

When Parents Have Problems

Fridays 11 a.m. –12:30 p.m. drop in For students struggling with a mentally ill or addicted parent.

Facilitators: Becki Beronja, LPC, and Christy Heffron, MSW

Shifting Gears

Wednesdays 2–3:30 p.m. drop in This group provides a place for self-identifying international students seeking support and connection.

Facilitators: Nicki Stiemsma, LPC and Brian Fuller, Ph.D.