Fall 2018 Group Schedule

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

Grief Group

Mondays 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Leader: Rachel Ibaibarriaga, PsyD and Amira Niori, MA

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.

General Interpersonal Process Groups

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

Leaders: Jodi Thomas, PsyD and Kseniya Zhuzha, PhD

and

Thursdays 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Leaders: Jodi Thomas, PsyD and Lindsay Randall, 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.

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Emotion Regulation Group

Mondays 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Leaders: Maria Young, LCSW and Rachel Willimott, MSW, CSW-Intern

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) skills training is focused on enhancing clients' coping abilities by teaching them behavioral skills. It is run like a class where the group leaders teach skills and assign homework for clients to practice using the skills in their everyday lives. This group is open to any student who would like to build skills to cope effectively with difficult emotions and increase positive emotions.

Focused Brief Process Group

Tuesdays 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Leaders: Kseniya Zhuzha, PhD and Jodi Thomas, PsyD

Like a general interpersonal process group, this group focuses on building awareness of our selves and our interpersonal styles in a supportive environment. The focused, brief group format will be eight weeks, and clients will be assisted with setting one interpersonal goal to focus on for the duration of the group. Common goals/foci that clients may select to work on in this group can include, but are not limited to: assertiveness, empathy, social connectedness, trust, and interpersonal boundaries.

Coping with Illness Group

Tuesdays 4:00-5:30pm
Leaders: Rachel Ibaibarriaga, PsyD and Caroline Cummings

The Coping with Illness Support Group will provide students with a safe and supportive environment where students will be free to share about their experience and work on coping in a way that feels right for them. The group will be process-oriented and interactive, which will allow students to connect with peers, while processing their feelings 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 (themselves or a friend/loved one) is dealing with a chronic, terminal, or life-changing illness.

Mind & Mood

Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Leaders: Elysse Kompaniez-Dunigan and Cindy Marczynski, 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"

Men's Issues Group

Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Leader: Joey Walloch, Psy.D. and J.P. Crum, PsyD

This is a process-oriented group 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."

Mindfulness Groups

Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Leader: Casey Kohl, LCSW

and

Fridays 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Leader: Casey Kohl, LCSW

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, without Judgments. It is an excellent tool for coping with stress, anxiety, depression, or other concerning issues. Please join us for a calming evening of learning tools that can last a lifetime.

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Interpersonal Effectiveness Group

Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Leaders: Steffini Amezquita, MSW and Alisa Merino

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) skills training is focused on enhancing clients' coping abilities by teaching them behavioral skills. It is run like a class where the group leaders teach skills and assign homework for clients to practice using the skills in their everyday lives. The DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills group is open to any student who would like to build skills in the following areas: Mindfulness - practicing being fully aware and present in this one moment; Interpersonal Effectiveness - learning how to address interpersonal conflicts, build positive relationships, maintain self-respect in relationships, and change people's behaviors.

Body Acceptance Group

Thursdays 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Leaders: Yue Huang, PhD and Maria Young, LCSW

The Body Acceptance Group is provided to UNR students of all genders who may struggle with body image and appearance concerns. We strive to reduce appearance bias and promote body acceptance in this group. Through a 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 body.

Graduate Student Process Group

Thursdays 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Leaders: Cindy Marczynski, PhD and Michael Pauldine, PhD

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.

Social Anxiety Group

Fridays 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Leaders: Mindi Neugebauer, LCSW and Steffini Amezquita

Participants in our social anxiety group will learn how to better assess and handle stressful situations. They will learn to identify the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that lead to anxiety and learn to change unhelpful patterns that get in the way of friendships, goals, and self-esteem.

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.

In Focus (ADHD Coaching) Group

TBD - Please check back soon!

In focus is a five-week group that offers education and peer support for students who experience difficulties commonly associated with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Students whom also struggle with procrastination, organization, time management, and goal setting may also benefit. Group meetings are designed to be interactive and assist students in developing valuable skills that can be generalized into school, relationships, and their careers. Students do not need an ADHD diagnosis.