Group therapy schedule

Our group schedule may change throughout the semester, so please check back for the most up-to-date offerings.

Groups are noted as either a therapy group or support group, meaning:

  • Therapy group: Requires a clinician’s referral.
  • Support group: Open to the campus community; participants do not need to be current CS clients.

*All spring 2021 groups are held online, and members are asked to participate from a location in Nevada, due to mental health licensing requirements.

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  • Body acceptance group (therapy group)

    Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 p.m.: Yue Huang, Ph.D.; Nicole Sunseri, BSW; Stephanie Vargas, BSW

    The Body Acceptance Group is provided via Zoom 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 body checking and avoidance behaviors, and build a more positive relationship with their physical self. The group consists of 8 WEEKLY 1.5-HOUR ZOOM SESSIONS 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.

  • First-generation student group (support group)

    Mondays: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Jeremy Bissram, PhD & Mollie McDonald, BA

    Do you identify as a first-generation student? Navigate college as part of the first-gen community. Together, we will identify needs and explore strategies to move each student toward self-defined success. We will help develop ways to cope with the many interpersonal challenges that come with being a first-gen student.

  • General interpersonal process groups (therapy group)

    Mondays 1-1:30 p.m.: Jodi Thomas, PsyD & Maria Young, LCSW

    Thursdays 2:30-4 p.m.: Jodi Thomas, PsyD & Jose Arauz, Ph.D.

    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 University students.

  • Graduate student process group (therapy group)

    Wednesdays 5:30-7 p.m.: Michael Pauldine, Ph.D. & Marquez Wilson, PsyD

    This interpersonal process style therapy group will focus on general support, self-awareness, and attention to one's interpersonal style. The group 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 all University graduate and medical students. 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. 

  • International student group (support group)

    First Friday of Every Month: Feb. 5, March 5, April 2, May 7

    11:30 a.m. -12:30pm

    Jeremy Bissram, Ph.D. & Hilary Son, PsyD, and OISS staff

    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 virtual support group is open to all UNR International students. The group is run by Dr. Jeremy Bissram and Dr. Hilary Son from Counseling Services, along with OISS staff and will offer a safe, supportive space to discuss your experiences with fellow International students. Manage the stress of college life and adjustment better! Join us for supportive conversation! Please contact Adilia Ross at to register. 

  • Mind and body group: pursuing holistic health (therapy group)

    Wednesdays 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Hilary Son, PsyD & Zack Rybak; Coaches: Amy Taylor & Jackie Ferek

    *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)  *Equipment not required.

    This process style therapy group will focus on building awareness of maladaptive emotional and relational patterns that drive symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. The group will encourage clients to develop new patterns of engaging with negative emotions within a safe, communal environment. The group is open to graduate and undergraduate University students of all genders. Goals of the group are to: 1) increase exercise, 2) increase self-compassion and awareness of thoughts, feelings and body, and 3) decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety.

  • PandEPIC life – navigating pandemic challenges and change (support group)

    Thursdays 4-5 p.m.: Marquez Wilson, PsyD & Mariam Halstead, LMSW, CSW-I

    This support group will be available to University students who reside in Nevada. Group member’s unique needs will dictate the specific topics covered. Some of the issues which may be covered include transitioning back to campus and new course delivery models (i.e. Hyflex), challenges with online learning/new technology, accessibility issues resulting from changes due to the pandemic/other factors, and social isolation/loneliness.

    Please email: Marquez Wilson at or Mariam Halstead at