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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  • BIPOC support group

    *Coming soon! Please check back!

  • Body acceptance group (therapy group)

    Tuesdays 3:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m. (Online): Yue Huang, Ph.D.; Jose Arauz, Ph.D.; & Julia Actis, 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.

  • Dungeons & Dragons group (therapy group)

    Fridays 2:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m. (In-person): Marquez Wison, PsyD & Kseniya Zhuzha, Ph.D

    Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) is a role-playing game where participants take on the personas of fictional characters and go on adventures in a fantastic world. D&D group uses these elements to challenge you to role play as a fantasy version of yourself. Your ultimate goal is to develop desired relationship and communication skills and use them in the game to tackle challenges and interact with others. Along the way, you and your fellow players will work as a team to navigate dungeons, complete quests, find treasures, slay beasts, and discover ways to express meaningful parts of your fantasy characters in the real world! No previous D&D experience required.

  • Emotion regulation (dialectical behavior therapy) group (therapy group)

    Mondays 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (Online): Francesca Kassing, Ph.D.; Blanca Naudin, Ph.D. & Craig Histed, BA

    DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) skills training is focused on enhancing individuals’ 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 in the following areas:

    • Mindfulness - the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment
    • Distress Tolerance - tolerating and responding to difficult emotions and/or situations differently
    • Interpersonal Effectiveness - asking for things, saying no, maintaining/enhancing relationships, maintaining/enhancing self-respect, etc… to address interpersonal difficulties
    • Emotion Regulation - how to cope effectively with difficult emotions
  • General interpersonal process groups (therapy group)

    Mondays 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (Online): Kseniya Zhuzha, Ph.D. & Kelly Parker, MA

    Thursdays 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (In-person): Kseniya Zhuzha, Ph.D. & Victoria Schilder, MA

    This interpersonal process style therapy group will focus on building awareness of self and interpersonal style within a safe, communal environment. The group is open to graduate and undergraduate UNR students of all genders. Group is a good fit for individuals’ whose concerns can be interpersonally defined. Some examples of interpersonal concerns are difficulties with connectedness, communication styles, boundaries, emotional expression, intimacy, trust, assertiveness, and empathy. Based on their needs, group members will formulate goals that they will share and work on in the group. Group sessions will generally have little to no structure and group members will have freedom to bring up concerns pertinent to their lives. In the process, members will be challenged to work on their interpersonal goals and practice new ways of interacting with fellow group members. Attention will be drawn to how group members affect one another and make meaningful connections.

  • Graduate student process group (therapy group)

    Wednesdays 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (Online): Michael Pauldine, Ph.D. & Marquez Wilson, 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.

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

    Thursdays 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Online): Hilary Son, PsyD & Natalie Crooks, BS; Coaches: Amy Taylor & Jackie Ferek

    *Additional Exercise Times: M/T/W/F at 11:00am (two exercise times required each week in addition to the Thursday 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 UNR 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.

  • Self-compassion group (therapy group)

    Mondays 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (Online): Rachel Ibaibarriaga, PsyD & Joanna Pana, CSW-I

    Do you find that you tend to be extremely hard on yourself? Often being hyper-critical or self-deprecating? Does it feel natural to be kind to others, but you struggle to show yourself that same compassion? You are not alone! The Self-Compassion Group will provide students with a safe, supportive environment where they will learn more about self-compassion and how to integrate it into their daily lives. Groups will be mainly experiential, with each group focusing around one self-compassion exercise and then there will time to process the activity together.

  • Success pizza: international student group (support group)

    First Friday of the month: 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (In-person)

    Hilary Son, PsyD; Marquez Wilson, 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 support group is open to all UNR International students. The group is run by Dr. Hilary Son and Dr. Marquez Wilson 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! Pizza provided. Please contact Adilia Ross at to register.