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 fall 2020 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 5:30-7 p.m.: Yue Huang, Ph.D. & Ashley Johnson, CSW-I

    The Body Acceptance Group is provided to University 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.

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

    Mondays 10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Steffini Amezquita, CSW-I & Ashley Johnson, CSW-I

    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 and Emotion Regulation - how to cope effectively with difficult emotions.

  • General interpersonal process groups (therapy group)

    Mondays 2-3:30 p.m.: Jodi Thomas, PsyD & Dani Sandelin, MS

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

    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 students at the University.

  • Graduate student process group (therapy group)

    Wednesdays 5:30-7 p.m.: Michael Pauldine, Ph.D. & Krystal Smith, MS

    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. 

  • Grief group (therapy group)

    Tuesdays 4-5:30 p.m.: Rachel Ibaibarriaga, PsyD & Joana Pana, CSW-I

    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, 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.

  • i AM Rad (support group)

    Tuesdays 7-8 p.m.: Steffini Amezquita, CSW-I & Natasha Gerber, MS

    This virtual support group will be available to Resident Assistants and Academic Mentors living on campus. i AM RAd group aims to provide a non-judgmental and supportive environment to discuss any and all topics related to the difficult and rewarding job that RA’s and AM’s have. Some topics that may be covered include, but are not limited to, the transition back to campus, homesickness, academic stressors, impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, etc. The topics covered each week will be dictated by member’s requests.

    Please email: Steffini Amezquita at or Natasha Gerber at

  • Mindfulness group (therapy group)

    Wednesdays 1-2 p.m.: Daniel Szoke, MA & Mindi Neugebauer, LCSW

    Do you want to slow down?  Accept and better manage challenging emotions? Spend more time living in the present moment? Mindfulness can help! Mindfulness is a tool that anyone can use at any time. It encourages us to slow down, accept things as they are, cope well with problems or difficulties, and simply appreciate what’s in our life right now.

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

    Wednesdays 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Hilary Son, PsyD & Steffini Amezquita, CSW-I; 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 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.

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

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

  • Success pizza (support group)

    First Friday of Every Month: Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, & Dec. 4


    Jeremy Bissram, Ph.D. & Hilary Son, PsyD

    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.

    Please email: Jeremy Bissram at or Adilia Ross at