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.

Drop-in Groups

Wellness Groups

Mondays from 6-7 pm in room C101-T McDonel Hall

Each Monday, the Counseling Center offers drop-in seminars on a variety of wellness-related topics. Our Spring 2016 offerings include: Sleep 101, Boosting Your Social Swagger, Stress and Anxiety Busters, Creativity and Play for Wellness, and Long Distance Relationships. (Please see descriptions and dates below.) Seminars are held from 6-7 pm in McDonel Hall, inside the River Trail Engagement Center, room C101-T. All MSU students are welcome, and there’s no need to register. Please join us! For questions, please contact the MSU Counseling Center at or 517.355.8270.

Session topics include:

Boosting Your Social Swagger:

This seminar offers tips for boosting your confidence and charisma in social situations. Topics addressed include the art of likeability, managing social anxiety, what to talk about when you can’t think of what to say, and how body language can hurt or help your social interactions. (February 22nd and April 4th)

Creativity and Play for Wellness:

This seminar discusses how creativity and play can help you manage stress and improve your overall well-being. During this seminar, we will offer ideas about how to incorporate more creativity and play in your life. We will provide an opportunity to play and be creative during our meeting. (March 21st)

Long-Distance Relationships:

This seminar addresses the factors that affect long-distance romantic relationships (LDRs), both positively and negatively. Topics addressed include the characteristics of healthy LDRs, how to adjust to being apart, and establishing “ground rules” with your partner. (March 28th)

Sleep 101:

This seminar addresses how sleep can help you meet your academic and personal goals. Topics discussed include the role the sleep in memory and learning, sleep debt, improving your sleep hygiene, and what to do if you have trouble shutting your brain off at night. (February 15th, March 14th, and April 11th)

Stress and Anxiety Busters:

This seminar will define stress and anxiety, as well as their causes. Topics addressed include: the difference between stress and anxiety, the role of attitude in managing stress, and developing a “toolbox” for managing stress and anxiety. (February 29th and April 18th)


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.
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: Fridays, 10:30am – Noon
Facilitator(s): Bonnie Wheeler, M.A., L.P.C., L.M.S.W.

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: Fridays – 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Facilitator(s): Cathy Adams

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: Mondays, 3:15pm – 4:45pm
Facilitator(s): Dr. Tawa Sina

Grief 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: Tuesdays, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Facilitator(s): Bonnie Wheeler, M.A., L.P.C., L.M.S.W. & Natalie Ryckman

Time for Change

A support group for students with substance abuse concerns.

Day & Time: Wednesdays, 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Facilitator: Bob Eubanks, M.S.W.

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: Mondays, 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Facilitator(s): Dr. Talitha Easterly, Carmen Gear, M.A., L.P.C., & Jinaki Flint, M.A.  

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: Mondays, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Facilitator(s): Dr. John Lee

Eating Recovery Group

A group for members of the MSU student community who are experiencing difficulties with eating and/or body image.

Day & Time: Tuesdays, 3:15pm – 4:30pm
Facilitator(s): Dr. Duk-Hae Sung & Shannen Vong, M.A.

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: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Facilitator(s): Dr. John Lee & Jinaki Flint, M.A.

 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: Mondays, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Facilitator(s): Dr. John Taylor

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: Mondays, 4:15pm – 5:30pm & 5:45pm – 7:00pm
Facilitator(s): Bob Eubanks, M.S.W. & Jinaki Flint, M.A.

Sexual Assault Groups

MENding Our Past

Support group for male students who have and unwanted, abusive, or confusing sexual experiences at some point in their lives, which may still affect them.

Day & Time: Tuesdays, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Facilitator(s): Caroline Nelsen, L.M.S.W. & Justin St. Charles

Seeking Safety

Seeking Safety is a support group (not a process group) for female-identified students who have experienced trauma. The goal of this group is not to discuss trauma experiences in depth, but instead to build new skills to help members cope with trauma and feel safer in their daily life. Please contact Laina Wirgau for more information:

Day & Time: Mondays, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Facilitator(s): Laina Wigau, L.M.S.W.

Soul Speak

A safe space for female-identified students who have experienced unwanted sexual contact. Students may join at any time. Please contact Amanda Taylor for more information:

Day & Time: Wednesdays, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Facilitator(s): Amanda Taylor, L.L.M.S.W.