Fall 2019 Group Schedule

Counseling Services offers a variety of groups for University of Nevada, Reno students. 

Managing Difficult Emotions (DBT Group)

Mondays 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Leaders: Maria Young, LCSW and Joana Pana, CSW-I

Mind & Mood: CBT Group

Mondays 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Leaders: Elysse Kompaniez-Dunigan, MA and Michael Pauldine, PhD

This 5-session group will utilize cognitive behavioral techniques to help students identify unhelpful thinking patterns and utilize coping strategies to develop problem-solving and stress management skills.
This program is designed for university students who are struggling with:
• excessive worry
• feeling down or "blue"

General Interpersonal Process Groups

Tuesdays 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Leaders: Jodi Thomas, PsyD and Luke Cylke, MA

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Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Leaders: Jodi Thomas, PsyD and Ali Molaie, MA

This is an interpersonal process style therapy group that focuses on building awareness of our selves and our interpersonal styles in a caring community. While the specific focus of each session will be determined by group members' needs, some of the issues addressed may include social connectedness, communication styles, boundaries, self-awareness, emotional expression, trust, identity, and other aspects of interpersonal relationships. The group is open to graduate and undergraduate UNR students.

Body Acceptance Group

Tuesdays 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Leaders: Yue Huang, PhD and Elysse Kompaniez-Dunigan, MA

The Body Acceptance Group is provided to UNR students of all genders who struggle with body image and appearance concerns. We strive to reduce appearance bias, promote body acceptance, and develop self-compassion in this group. Through an evidence-based, structured program, group members will learn information and practice skills to reduce appearance preoccupation, change appearance assumptions and negative body talk, address checking and avoidance behaviors, and build a more positive relationship with their physical self.

The group consists of 5 WEEKLY SESSIONS (2 hours per session) and requires group members to attend all of them. If a group member misses a group session, they will be asked to schedule a 45-minute makeup session prior to the next group session.

Grief Group

Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Leaders: Rachel Ibaibarriaga, PsyD and Fayedra Mumme, CPC

The Grief Group will provide students with a safe and supportive environment where students will be free to share about their loss and work on coping with that loss in a way that feels right for them. The group will be process-oriented and interactive, integrating art, music, mindfulness, and other creative interventions, which will allow students to connect with peers, while processing their feelings of loss in a safe, unique, and creative way. Psycho-education and skill-building will be provided throughout the group as these issues arise. This group is open to any student who is currently dealing with the death of a (human) friend or loved one.

Mind and Body Group: Choosing Holistic Health

Wednesdays 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Leaders: Hilary Son, PsyD and Steffini Amezquita, CSW-Intern, Coach: Amy Taylor
Location: E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center

*Additional Exercise Times: M/T/R/F from 1:30-2:20pm (two exercise times required each week in addition to the Wednesday group therapy time)
This is an 10-week exercise and therapy group which meets 3x/week. It is open to UNR students, designed to help participants increase coping through exercise, develop awareness of themselves and address symptoms of anxiety and depression. The group will offer a safe, supportive space to exercise, process feelings, develop coping skills and connect with peers.

Eating Concerns Process Group

Wednesdays 2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Leaders: Yue Huang, PhD and Alicia Doman, PhD

The Eating Concerns Process Group is a 90-minute, 10-12 week, semi-structured group provided to UNR students of all genders who struggle with eating issues. The group can be used in conjunction with individual therapy for eating disorders or independently for maintenance of recovery. Each group session will begin with an experiential activity focused on areas specific or related to eating concerns, which may include fear of certain foods, body image issues, perfectionism, low self-esteem, interpersonal problems, identity struggles, emotional difficulties, etc. Following the activity, group members will process their experiences and feelings during the activity to explore painful emotions, develop insight, access deeper conflicts underlying eating concerns, build motivation for recovery, facilitate change, and solidify healthier self-concepts.

Men's Issues Group

Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Leader: Joey Walloch, Psy.D. 

This is primarily a discussion and support-oriented group (with some process) for self-identified males and provides opportunities to openly discuss a wide-array of concerns including, but not limited to the following: definitions of masculinity, socialization, physical and mental health concerns (e.g., anxiety, depression, body image dissatisfaction), gender roles, academic concerns, relationship stressors, appropriate expressions of anger, trouble with self-esteem, being controlled (or controlling) in relationships, being alone and loneliness. The group explores here-and-now aspects of developing relationships with each other while examining topics through the lens of masculinities and the various ways to "be a man."

Graduate Student Process Group

Thursdays 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Leaders: Michael Pauldine, PhD and Rachel Ibaibarriaga, PsyD

This interpersonal process style therapy group will focus on self-awareness and attention to one's interpersonal style, but is open to students with a large array of presenting concerns, including relationship difficulties, social anxiety, and school-related stresses. The group is open to graduate UNR students of all genders. While the specific focus of each session will be determined by group members' needs, some of the issues addressed may include relationships, communication styles, boundaries, self-awareness, academic stressors, as well as other general challenges of graduate school and interpersonal process.

First Generation Student Group

Date and Time: TBD
Leaders: Jeremy Bissram, Ph.D. and TBD

Check back for more details!

Discussion Groups and Workshops

We invite you to also check out our discussion groups and skills workshops, open to the campus community. Student participants do not need to be clients of Counseling Services. Groups meet at Counseling Services, unless otherwise noted.

Men of Colour Support Group

Thursdays 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Leaders: Jeremy Bissram, PhD and Marquez Wilson, MA

Location: TBD

This group is co-hosted with Counseling Services and The Center: Every Studenft Every Story for men of colour. This is an open group to men of colour. This group will focus on building community with other males of colour. The group will address the challenges and concerns men of colour face on this campus. Together, we will identify needs and explore strategies to move each student toward self-defined success. The focus of the group will primarily be group-driven. Some topics that may be addressed in group but are not limited to include culture, stress reduction, social identity, conflict between home life and university life, relationships, school-related stressors, imposter syndrome, and self-care. The group will allow students to explore self-awareness and how they fit in the larger culture of Nevada in a safe and open environment.

International Students Success Pizza

Last Tuesday of Every Month from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Leaders: Jeremy Bissram, PhD and Hilary Son, PsyD

Location: Student Union

This will be a support group for all international students. Students are able to discuss whatever topics they wish to, as well as, the possibility of setting topics. Pizza will be provided. Students are welcome to drop-in, no reservation is required.

IELC Success Support Group

Date and Time - TBD

Leaders: Jeremy Bissram, PhD and Hilary Son, PsyD

Location: TBD

This will be a support group for all IELC students. Students are able to discuss whatever topics they wish to, as well as, the possibility of setting topics. Students are welcome to drop-in, no reservation is required.