Spring 2019 Group Schedule

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

Body Acceptance Group

Mondays 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Leaders: Yue Huang, PhD and Steffini Amezquita, CSW-Intern

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.

General Interpersonal Process Groups

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

Leaders: Jodi Thomas, PsyD and Ashely Frieswyk, MA

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.

Family Patterns Group

Mondays 4:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Leaders: Kseniya Zhuzha, Ph.D. and Allen Johnson

This group will help you explore and process your family dynamics and how they have impacted the way you navigate your world and relationships. The group will also focus on healing, which may include development of emotional acceptance/resolution and healthy coping and communication skills. Each group will revolve around a topic or an activity that will provoke personal introspection. Group members will process and share reactions to each activity and support each other.

Focused Brief Process Group

Tuesdays 12:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Leaders: Kseniya Zhuzha, PhD and Hilary Son, 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.

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Emotion Regulation Group

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

Leaders: Maria Young, LCSW and TBA

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.

First Generation Student Group

Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Leaders: Jeremy Bissram, Ph.D. and Steven Hammonds

Check back for more details!

Mindfulness Groups

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

Leader: Casey Kohl, LCSW

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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.

Men's Issues Group

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

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

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."

Mind and Body Group: Pursuing Holistic Health

Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Leader: Hilary Son, PsyD; Coaches: Amy Taylor and Jackie Ferek

Additional Exercise Times: M/T/R/F from 10:00-10:50am(must choose at least two exercise times to attend in addition to the Wednesday group therapy time)
College life can be stressful, draining, and overwhelming. This is an 8-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. Sessions will meet at the E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center. Manage the stress of college life better! Jump start the semester by exercising your mind and body!

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Distress Tolerance Group

Thursdays 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Leaders: Steffini Amezquita, CSW-Intern and Kseniya Zhuzha, Ph.D.

Have you ever been in highly stressful situations where you experience intense pressure for a quick fix?? Sometimes you can't immediately change a hard situation and you need a new way to effectively ride out feelings until they pass. For example, if you have the urge to yell at your partner when they come home late - which might lead to a big fight - you'll learn how to tolerate the angry feelings without lashing out at your partner. Learning skills from this group may help you tolerate difficult feelings without making them worse in the short term.
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 leader teaches skills and assigns 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 in the following areas: Mindfulness- the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment; Distress Tolerance- how to tolerate emotional pain in difficult situations. Each round of the group will run for five sessions.

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.

Grief Group

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

Leader: Mindi Neugebauer, LCSW and TBA

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.

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.

International Students Success Pizza

Thursday, February 28, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., JCSU Room 323
Thursday, March 28, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., JCSU Room 323
Thursday, April 24, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., JCSU Room 301
Leaders: Jeremy Bissram, PhD & Hilary Son, PsyD

Manage the stress of college life and adjustment better! Join us for pizza and supportive conversation! College life can be stressful. This can be made more difficult when adjusting to a different culture and other factors that come with being an international student. This is a support group that is open to all UNR International students. The group will offer a safe, supportive space to discuss your experiences with fellow International students. Students are welcome to drop-in, no reservation is required.

Creative Emotions Group

Fridays 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Leaders: Marcia Cooper, LCSW & Ashley Loghry, MS, LADC

This group is intended for students who would like to explore alternative and creative ways to cope with emotions instead of turning to unhealthy coping strategies such as substance use. We will explore various creative outlets and students will gain knowledge relating to emotional identification and awareness. Students are welcome to drop-in, no reservation required.