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

Mindfulness Hour I

A drop-in group for students who would like to learn a new way of relieving stress, through practicing mindfulness mediation. No experience necessary.

Day & Time: Thursdays: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Room 249, Student Services
Facilitator(s):Dr. I-Ching Grace Hung & Kelle Sajdak, M.A., L.P.C.

Wellness Groups

Weekly drop-in groups for students who would like to learn about: Sleep 101, Stress/Anxiety Busters, Long-Distance Relationships, Building Your Social Swagger, Self-Care, and Mindfulness.

Day & Time: Thursdays: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Room 245, Student Services
Facilitator(s): Various Staff Members

Support Groups

Below is a sample of the groups we may offer during the 2016 – 2017 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.

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: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
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.

Therapy 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.  

Eating-Body Recovery Group

A group for members of the MSU student community who are experiencing difficulties with eating and/or body image. Group members must be involved with individual therapy to join.

Day & Time: Tuesdays: 3:15pm – 4:30pm

Facilitator(s): Dr. Duk-Hae Sung

Understanding Relationships with Yourself and Others

If you have trouble creating and maintaining relationship or just want more experience practicing your relationship skills, this group may be for you! This group is for individuals who would like to better understand their communication and interaction styles as well as receive feedback from others regarding their interpersonal and interaction styles as well as receive feedback from others regarding their interpersonal skills. Conversation topics may include family dynamics, how early experiences impact current relationships, how to cope with changing levels of intimacy, initiating conversations and relationships and friendship dynamics. Group screening are preferred and can be scheduled with a Health Care Assistant by calling (517) 355-8270 or by emailing Ian Gackowski, MA ( or Lindsey W. Sherd, MA ( directly.

Day & Time: Wednesdays, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Facilitator(s): Ian Gackowski, MA & Lindsey W. Sherd, MA 

 Psycho-educational Groups

Mind-Body Connection

This group is focused on developing skills on emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and mindfulness. Appropriate for clients experiencing emotion and body dysregulation.

Day & Time: Mondays: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Facilitator(s): Dr. Duk-Hae Sung & Tenille Gaines, M.S.

Sexual Assault Groups

Seeking Safety

Seeking Safety is open to students who have experienced unwanted sexual contact. It is open to people of all genders.

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

Soul Speak

A safe space for female-identified students who have experienced unwanted sexual contact.

For more information please contact Sara Marino at:

Day & Time: Wednesdays: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Facilitator(s): Sara Marino, L.L.M.S.W., L.L.M.F.T., A.D.S.

Trauma-Informed Yoga

A series of movements, meditation, and stretching that promotes healing and wellness offered to survivors of unwanted sexual contact. The 8-session series will be a closed group. Held in Holden Hall Studio G28, starting on October 6, 2016.

To join, please contact Caroline Nelsen at:

Day & Time: Thursdays: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Facilitator(s): Caroline Nelsen, L.M.S.W.