Welcome to Group Counseling

Group counseling helps people solve problems and enhance their personal growth and development. Your progress will depend primarily upon the nature of your problems and how hard you work to solve them.

Information You Should Know About Group Counseling:

  • Group counseling involves personal, academic, or career concerns with group members.
  • There is no fee.
  • Discussions within the group are confidential except when the counselor believes a person might act on the idea of harming him/herself or someone else, when child abuse or neglect is reported, or when information is requested by court order. If you are receiving individual counseling within the center, the group leader may choose to communicate with your individual counselor. If this is a concern to you please discuss it with your counselor.
  • The number of sessions the group meets is determined by the counselor.
  • Some of the groups will close or not accept new members after a few weeks. If members need to miss a session, contact with the counselor prior to the session will be appreciated. If at any time you wish to stop attending the group tell your counselor. This will allow us to serve students best.
  • If you are uncomfortable with your attending the group, please discuss this with your counselor and/or the group. Decisions to stop group or switch to individual counseling often are appropriate choices and will be respected. On occasion, counselors will make referrals to appropriate resources in the community.

Feel free to discuss questions or concerns you might have about the Counseling Center with any of our counselors.

Support Groups/Workshops

COUNSELING CENTER GROUP

CALL 989-774-3381 FOR INFORMATION

Summer Semester 2016
 
International Student Support Group This 1 hour support group running for the summer semester aims to explore your thoughts and feelings about arriving and studying in a new country, as well as offering new perspectives and skills to cope with situations that involve interacting in a different way. Every Thursday, starting May 19, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in Foust Hall 103. Call the Counseling Center at 989-774-3381 or email Chun Fang Frank Kuo, Ph.D., LLP kuo1c@cmich.edu
 
Sexual Assault Survivor Support Group   Due to a low turnout, this group has been cancelled as of July 14, 2016.  Please watch for the upcoming fall 2016 information to come.  Call or email Megan Varner with any questions; 989-774-3381 or scudd1ma@cmich.edu.

Graduate Student Support Group The goal of this group is to establish support for concerns relating to graduate school. Join Frank Kuo, Ph.D, LLP on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. in Foust Hall 103. Questions?  Please call the Counseling Center at 989-774-3381 or email Frank at kuo1c@cmich.edu

Labyrinth Workshops. The Counseling Center has a 24-foot diameter canvas labyrinth. Labyrinth workshops are available for classes and RSOs. The labyrinth path is a symbol for one's life journey and can be walked individually or collectively. The walk offers opportunities for reflection, relaxation, creativity, problem solving, and team building. Please contact Michelle Bigard at bigar1mf@cmich.edu or by calling 989-774-3381.

Fall Semester 2016

Grief and Loss Student Support Group Open to CMU students who have experienced any type of loss, recently or in the past.  This group will be held on Fridays, starting Sept. 16Nov. 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in Foust Hall 103.  Please call the Counseling Center at 989-774-3381 or email Julie at wellm2ja@cmich.edu

LGBTW+  A confidential, counselor-facilitated support group for LGBTQ+ individuals and to feel positive about their sexual and gender identity. Join Cory Cole, LMSW on Fridays at 2:00 p.m. beginning Sept. 23 - Oct. 14 in Foust 106. Please call the Counseling Center at 989-774-3381 or email Cory at cole1c@cmich.edu

New to CMU!  Come and meet others just like you and get information on CMU Counseling Center and resources to help you through challenging life events!  Join Atefeh Jenrow, MA, LPC, LLP, NCC every Thursday from Sept. 15 - Oct. 6 at 3:00 p.m. in Foust 106.  Questions?  Contact the Counseling Center at 989-774-3381 or email Atefeh jenro1ae@cmich.edu

Stress and Anxiety Management Group  Learn basic relaxation skills you can use at anytime! Please join Melissa Hutchinson, MA, LPC, NCC on Fridays, beginning Sept. 23 at 11:00 a.m. in Foust 103. Contact the Counseling Center at 989-774-3381 or email Melissa at hutch1m@cmich.edu

Understand Your challenging Family!  This 5 week group will explore, share and teach coping skills to deal with challenging family members.  Led by Kristie Birchmeier, MA, LPC starting Friday, Sept. 9 from 10:00 a.m. and located in Foust Hall 103.  Please contact the Counseling Center at 989-774-3381 or email Kristie at birch1kl@cmich.edu

International Student Support Group This 1 hour support group running for the fall semester aims to explore your thoughts and feelings about arriving and studying in a new country, as well as offering new perspectives and skills to cope with situations that involve interacting in a different way. Every Friday, starting Sept. 8, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in Foust Hall 103. Call the Counseling Center at 989-774-3381 or email Chun Fang Frank Kuo, Ph.D., LLP kuo1c@cmich.edu