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 beginning in fall 2015 include:

After Silence

Thursdays 1–2:30 p.m. A safe, confidential support group for female survivors of unwanted sexual contact: rape, date rape, marital rape, sexual assault, molestation or harassment.
Facilitators: Christy Heffron, MSW and Grace Orlando, LMSW

Beyond Grief and Trauma

Fridays 2 to 3:30 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: Becki Beronja, LPC, and Nicki Stiemsma, LPC


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 Danielle Standish, LLP Doctoral

The Courage to Heal

Mondays 10–11:30  a.m A confidential, safe group for women and men who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Facilitators: Grace Orlando, LMSW and Christy Heffron, MSW

Face 2 Face

Fridays 10–11:30 a.m. drop in Gain skills to help you create and maintain healthy relationships of all kinds.
Facilitators: Sarah Good, LPC, LMFT and Phil Johnson, LSW

Graduate Student Support Group

Fridays 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 5, 26, March 25, April 22 drop in A safe zone where graduate students can share experiences and support for one another.
Facilitated by Brian Fuller, Ph.D.

How's Trix?

Tuesdays 1:30–3 p.m. drop in Support group for students with trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling)
Facilitator: Becki Beronja, LPC

Sister Circle

Wednesdays 2 to 3:30 p.m. drop in All women who identify as a visible minority are invited to join this support group.  Participants will explore the intersection of race, gender, orientation, socio economic status, and relationships in a safe and supportive environment.
Christen Howard-Connor, LPC, LLP, NCC and Danielle Standish, Ph.D.

When Parents Have Problems

Fridays 12:30–2 p.m. drop in For students struggling with a mentally ill or addicted parent.
Facilitators: Becki Beronja, LPC, and Christy Heffron, MSW