Group Counseling


The Counseling Center offers a variety of counseling, support, and educational groups each semester. Participants in groups benefit from the mutual support and learning that occurs from interaction with others who have similar concerns. Unless otherwise noted, all groups will require a pre-group screening. For more information about our groups or to schedule your pre-group interview, please call 517-355-8270.

Support Groups


Below is a sample of the groups we may offer during the 2015 – 2016 school year. Some groups are subject to change depending on interest and attendance. Please check this page or call the MSU Counseling Center, 517-355-8270, for the most up to date group listings.
Bipolar Disorder Support Group

A group for members of the MSU student community who are diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Targets for the group will include psycho-education, mood charting, strategies for hypomania, cognitive restructuring/skill acquisition, activity management, medication adherence and relapse prevention.

Day & Time: TBA
Facilitator(s): TBA

Graduate Minority Women’s Support Group

The focus of this group is to assist minority women in traversing the academic and social pressures involved with being a graduate student. Open to all graduate women with minority status (e.g., race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion).

Day & Time: TBA
Facilitator(s): TBA

Our Space

This group is designed for students who wish to receive support around sexual orientation and gender identity.

Day & Time: TBA
Facilitator(s): TBA

Grief Recovery Group

This is a group for members of the MSU student community who are experiencing difficulties in handling the death of a loved one. The goals of the group are (1) to normalize the experience of bereavement using psycho-education about grief and experiential exercises, (2) to provide support for students who have experienced a recent death or loss in their life, and (3) to provide a safe place for students to talk about their feelings regarding their recent loss. Group topics will include normal grief, dimensions of grief, fears related to loss, and coping strategies.

Day & Time: TBA
Facilitator(s): TBA

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) Group

This is a support group for students who grew up with an alcoholic person in their life.

Day & Time: TBA
Facilitator(s): TBA

Psychotherapy Groups


African American Female Therapy Group

A non-traditional group approach incorporating essential elements of African American Culture. The group is offered to assist individual members with moving toward self-healing through collective sharing around multi-media stimuli.

Day & Time: TBA
Facilitator(s): TBA

Breaking or Broken?: A Relationships Therapy Group

Are you having difficulties in your significant relationships (e.g. romantic break-up, family problems, etc.)? This group will help you understand yourself, your relationships, and the processes of forgiving and healing. We will also explore how to develop healthy patterns of relating to those individuals who mean the most to you (sorry this is not a couples group).

Day & Time: TBA
Facilitator(s): TBA

Eating Disorder Group

A group for members of the MSU student community who are experiencing difficulties with eating and/or body image. Topics will include recognizing cues that stimulate anxiety about body image or eating and learning new methods of responding to those various cues. Automatic thoughts and habituated behavior will also be examined and different ways of thinking and behaving will be explored.

Day & Time: TBA
Facilitator(s): TBA

General Therapy Group

For students with depression, anxiety, and/or relationship injuries.

Day & Time: TBA
Facilitator(s): TBA

Graduate Student Therapy Group

Being a graduate student can have unique challenges, both professionally and personally. This therapy group will utilize supportive dialogue and action methods to reduce stress, facilitate healing, and encourage growth.

Day & Time: TBA
Facilitator(s): TBA

 Psycho-educational Groups


ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) Group

This group is appropriate for clients with anxiety and/or depression. The purpose of this group is to teach clients how to reconnect to the present moment and make their life more about pursuing what is important to them.

Day & Time: TBA
Facilitator(s): TBA

Mindfulness – Based Meditation Workshop

An experiential workshop on mindfulness-based meditation and other techniques for anxiety/stress management and enhanced overall wellness. Must be interested in practicing meditation.

Day & Time: TBA
Facilitator(s): TBA

Sexual Assault Groups


After the Silence

A group for female-identified survivors of sexual violence.

Day & Time: TBA
Facilitator(s): TBA

MENding our Past

A group for female-identified survivors of sexual violence. Click here to watch a brief video about the group.

Day & Time: TBA
Facilitator(s): TBA