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Group Counseling Schedule

Read descriptions of Fall 2020 groups and find out who leads each group.

To join a group, schedule an Access Appointment  in MyUHS or contact Mental Health Services at 608-265-5600 (option 2).
During your consultation, let the counselor know that you’re interested in joining a group.

Interpersonal Process Groups

Past and present interactions with others contribute to shaping personality. Interpersonal Process Groups are often the treatment of choice for people who experience troubled relationships, loneliness, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and low self-esteem. These groups offer a safe environment to identify and explore feelings; to give and receive support and feedback; to practice new, healthier ways of relating to others; and to feel less lonely or isolated.

10:30 am – noon | Sarah Kohlstedt, PhD & Anthony Flynn, BA
3:00 – 4:30 pm| Benjamin de Boer, PsyD, CGP & Rachel VanDaalen, MC

10:30 am – noon | Rachel Bitman – Heinrichs, PhD & Matthew Rozzi, PhD
2:30 – 4:00 pm | Jen Moulton, PhD & Abby Luedtke, BA
3:00 – 4:30 pm | Corey Steele, PhD & David Nelson, BS

10:30 am – noon | Brian Drozd, PsyD & Denise Calhoun, PhD
3:00 – 4:30 pm |  Robyn Groth, LPC & James Gresh, MS

1:00 – 2:30 pm | Jeff Peterson, LCSW & Ruby Parkash, BA

10:30 – noon | Jeff Hird, PhD & Alexa Keramidas, MA

Psychoeducational Groups & Workshops

Note: Workshops with a sign-up link are available to students who are located outside of Wisconsin.

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ACT for Social Anxiety

This group is intended for students struggling with social anxiety. Sessions are designed to be educational and experiential, helping participants develop awareness and skills to overcome anxiety and self-consciousness in social situations. In a structured and supportive environment, participants will learn concepts, drawn from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), intended to bolster self-confidence, acceptance, and willingness to confront the social challenges of everyday life.

Wednesdays| 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Group Leader: Stefanie Denu, PsyD & Matthew Rozzi, MA

Drugs on Your Mind (sign up online)

There is a nearly overwhelming amount of messages and information about substance use.  This workshop provides a place to come and begin to sort it out in a way that works for you.  You can learn about substances and how they impact the brain and your wellness.  This one session workshop will focus on providing answers to questions that you might have about substances like alcohol or cannabis and giving you a space to ask your own questions and talk about drugs on your mind.

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Wednesdays | 9/23, 10/21, 11/18 | 11:00 am – noon

Group Leaders: Geoff Brown, LPC & Tim Cordes, MD, PhD

Know your ABCDEs: Adapt your Behavior and Cope with Distress Effectively

In this group, students will learn and refine skills in four key areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. These skills are intended to help students modify behavioral, emotional, and thinking patterns associated with challenges in mood management and maintaining stable relationships.

Fridays | 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Group Leaders: Corinne Werner, PsyD & Dorcas Jansen, MS

Let’s F.A.C.E. It! (sign up online)

A workshop designed to help students with symptoms of anxiety and depression Foster Acceptance and Cope Effectively. Over the course of this 2-session workshop, participants will learn new ways to manage the cognitive, behavioral, and physiological aspects of anxiety and depression. In a supportive, psychoeducational setting, students will gain greater awareness, skills and strategies, and practices that promote lifelong self-care.

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Mondays | 11:00 – 12:30 pm

Group Leaders (vary): P.J. Young, LPC, David Nelson, BS, Geetanjali Deole, M.Tech, Ben Shechet, BA, Abby Luedtke, BA

Thursdays | 11:00 – 12:30 pm

Group Leaders (vary): Corinne Werner, PsyD, Anthony Flynn, BA, Kendall Ferguson, BA, Sergio Dominguez, BA

Resilience through Connection for Grad Students (sign up online)

A series of 3 rotating, interactive workshops for current graduate students. Each section will explore strategies and resources to navigate the grad experience from unique perspectives and include the opportunity to provide and receive social and emotional support. Includes brief structured presentations and facilitated discussions. Questions welcome and application to personal goals encouraged.

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Managing Workloads

This workshop will focus on the essentials of getting the work done. Possible topics include organization, motivation, prioritizing, procrastination, and avoidance.

Thursdays | 10/8, 11/5 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm



This workshop will focus on the importance of personally thriving. Possible topics include impostor phenomena, guilt, health, wellness, work/life balance, and finding your people.

Thursdays | 10/15, 11/12 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm


Life in the Grad Lane

This workshop will focus on the stuff a bit outside of your control. Possible topics include COVID-19, funding, academic benchmarks, PI/advisor, and career options.

Thursdays | 10/22, 11/19 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

 Group Leaders: Jo Hoese, PhD & James Gresh, MS

Student Success Workshops (sign up online)

This series of single-session workshops will focus on providing participants with information and strategies to confront common challenges and enhance academic success. Come to any or all four sessions!

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Focus Your Attention

This workshop is centered on increasing self-awareness, focus and attention. Participants will practice an array of strategies designed to strengthen attention, initiate and prioritize tasks, and minimize distractions and procrastination. If your mind was more focused on the here and now just think what you might accomplish.

Fridays |9/25, 10/16, 11/6, 12/4 |12:30 – 1:30 pm


Make the Most of Your Time

This workshop is designed to teach students time management skills. Participants will learn techniques to organize and optimize their use of time in order to enhance efficiency and support overall academic success.

Fridays |9/18, 10/9, 10/30, 11/20 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm


Take Down Test Anxiety

This workshop is intended to help students manage test anxiety. Even when adequately prepared, it is common for students to experience anxiety before, during, and after exams. Participants will learn strategies to reduce anxiety that interferes with focus and recall of information.

Fridays |10/2, 10/23, 11/13, 12/11 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Why Perfectionism is Imperfect

Learn to recognize aspects of perfectionism and how it reduces your optimal functioning. Develop strategies to manage the variety of ways it shows up in your life.

Mondays |9/28, 10/19, 11/9 | 11:00 – noon

Group Leaders (vary): Corey Steele, PhD, Amy Margulies, LPC, SAC, David Nelson, BS, Geetanjali Deole, M.Tech, Ben Shechet, BA, Abby Luedtke, BA, Anthony Flynn, BA, Sergio Dominguez, BA

Wellness Groups and Workshops

Mindfulness Sampler (sign up online)

Session 1: Mindfulness of Thoughts

Learn to notice thoughts without getting hooked by distressing worry or self-defeating patterns.

Tuesday |10/13| 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Session 2: Mindfulness of Behavior

Increase ability to act intentionally, which can improve motivation, concentration, and reaching goals in activities of daily living.

Tuesday |10/20| 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Session 3: Mindfulness of Emotions

Apply mindfulness to cultivate more positive and balanced feelings regarding yourself and the world around you.

Tuesday |10/27| 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Session 4: Mindfulness of Body

Focus on the mind/ body connection, increasing body awareness to help manage stress and pain as well as improve overall self-care.

Tuesday |11/10 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Session 5: Mindfulness for End of Semester Stress

Learn and practice relevant mindfulness based strategies for coping with end of semester stress and develop a plan with specific next steps for navigating end of semester stress.

Tuesday |11/17, 12/1| 1:00 – 2:30pm

Group Leaders: Tamar Kelson, PhD & Claire Barrett, PhD

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Mindful Living Group

This group will help participants incorporate focused awareness into their lives, particularly in the areas of academics and studying, relationships, moods and stressors, eating, and generally helping members to develop a more balanced, purposeful, and aware lifestyle. The group will combine activities that promote mindfulness with reflection and discussion about ways members can be more present in their daily lives. Group meets for six sessions.

Wednesdays | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Group Leaders: Tamar Kelson, PhD & Casey Tice, LPC

Survivor Services Groups

Student Survivors of Color
This group is for individuals who self-identify as a person of color/mixed race and have also experienced interpersonal trauma at some point in their life. This group aims to create a supportive space and community for members while also learning skills and tools to cope with past/current experiences of trauma as it relates to race, culture, family, and relationships.

Thursdays | 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Group Leaders: Mary Eldridge, MSW, CAPSW & Kayla Eggen, LCSW