Group Counseling

Group Counseling

Students may choose to participate in one of our psychoeducational, psychotherapeutic, or support groups. Offerings for Spring 2018 Groups are posted below.  Please check back frequently as more will be added as the semester begins.

Groups vary a great deal in content and format. Some are educational and curriculum-based and may feel like small seminars in which the leader instructs the participants with some discussion. Groups designed to teach study skills or coping strategies are examples. Other groups are designed to provide support for particular populations of students, such as international or GLBTQ students. Support groups are generally unstructured and informal, and the content is largely determined by the students in attendance. Other groups are more traditionally psychotherapeutic in nature, and the leader or co-leaders guide the participants in discussions of relevant topics. Whatever the format and content, group counseling can be intimidating to students at first because it may feel frightening to share personal thoughts, feelings, and experiences with a number of peers at once. However, once the initial anxiety is overcome, groups can provide relief, comfort, and support to participants. Most people find it very reassuring to talk with others who have similar feelings and life experiences, and a group can be a powerful tool for healing and change.

The makeup of groups will change from year to year and even semester to semester. Students who are currently seeing a CAPS therapist can speak directly to him or her about the possibility of joining a group. Other interested students should see check out the groups below and then call Chariklia Flanagan at 860.685.3143 to inquire about participation. It is likely that interested students will be asked to meet briefly with a therapist to ensure that participation in a group is the right decision.

Current - Spring 2018 Groups:

Senior Transitions: Reflecting on your time at Wes and looking forward to the future

This workshop series will cover topics at the forefront of many graduating seniors’ minds; from reflecting on your time at Wes to the future joys to come. Each workshop will focus on one topic relevant to graduating seniors and will include time for discussion and processing.  Workshops are drop-in, so feel free to come to as many or as few as you find helpful.

The workshop series will meet for 6 weeks on Tuesdays from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Location TBD.  Start Date: Tuesday March 27th, 2018. 

If you are interested, please contact Jennie Setaro at or Jackie Pacella at

Healing in Community: A Meditation Group

Healing in Community is a meditation group designed for students who are interested in engaging in a regular, weekly self-care practice and building intentional and reflective community with others. Each session will begin with meditation instruction followed by a beginner-friendly guided or silent meditation practice. The sessions will also allow room for reflection on topics related to collective liberation, healing social and historical trauma, and engaging in social activism. Meet weekly for tea, meditation, and informal discussion. For more information contact Amber Jones, LCSW, CAPS Psychotherapist, at or x3137

Mindful Action

On the path to finding balance and actively moving toward what we truly value in life.  This is a 6-session workshop series for students who want to develop resilience in dealing with stress from within and from without.

The workshop series will meet on Wednesdays from 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm in the Solarium (2nd Floor) – Davison Health Center.  Start Date: Wednesday, February 21st, 2018.

If you are interested, please contact Dr. Smith Kidkarndee at or Dr. Lisa Miceli at

Taming Your Social Anxiety

This is a 6-session workshop series for students who want to develop their social confidence.  Students will learn how to shift from “Safety Mode” to “Vital-Action Mode.”

The workshop series will meet on Fridays from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm beginning Feb. 23rd, 2018 in the Solarium (2nd Floor) – Davison Health Center.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Smith Kidkarndee at

Understanding Self and Others Group for Female-Identified Students

This group’s focus is on relationships and is designed to help you better understand yourself, how you relate to others, how others relate to you, and new ways of connecting to others.  This group will help you foster meaningful interpersonal relationships, find effective ways to connect and communicate with others, and understand what may be preventing you from achieving these goals. This is a group for people who:

  • have concerns about important relationships in their life,
  • can feel dissatisfied, frustrated, or angry in groups,
  • experience difficulty trusting others,
  • struggle to forge meaningful relationships,
  • feel that they have to please others,
  • struggle to communicate thoughts, feelings, and needs directly,
  • feel controlling (or easily controlled) in relationships, and/or
  • feel lonely

This is a “closed” group (meaning new members cannot join once the group has begun) comprised of female-identified students.

We are meeting on Fridays from 11 am - 12 noon.

A pre-screening appointment is required before joining the group, which allows you to ask questions about the group and determine if the group is a good fit for you.  Please contact Dr. Naecker at to set up a pre-screening appointment! 


Wesleyan Counseling and Psychological Services is accepting applications for the WESupport Workshop Series.  WESupport is a series of six 1-hour sessions that prepares students to be peer mental health advocates.  Participating students will learn about a variety of mental health topics, become familiar with the signs that a friend or acquaintance may be in distress, gain practice talking with someone who is struggling, and become familiar with both campus and community resources.  Students who complete all six sessions are eligible to join the WESupport student group, an active network of peer mental health advocates.

For students interested in becoming Peer Mental Health Advocates, we offer a six-week training seminar that covers issues ranging from depression and anxiety to suicide prevention.  Please contact Dr. Jennifer D’Andrea at for more information or to apply to this program.

Student-Athlete Support Network (SASN)

SASN is a series of six 1-hour sessions that prepares student-athletes with the skills and information they need to be able to respond effectively when their teammates are struggling.  Participating athletes will learn about a variety of mental health topics that impact athletes, become familiar with the signs that a teammate may be experiencing mental health concerns, and gain practice talking with teammates who are struggling.

We are meeting on Wednesdays from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm beginning March 28th, 2018

Please contact Dr. Jessica Naecker at for more information or to apply to this program.


(Sponsored by the office of Counseling and Psychological Services)

Meets: Weekly
Time: 8 pm
Location: Solarium (Room 201)
(2nd fl., Davison Health Center)

Intended to create a network of support for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Please feel free to come and leave when it is convenient for you.

For more information please contact: