Group counseling sessions

Explore your concerns, learn from others' experiences, and discover new aspects of yourself in relation to others in a topical group setting. Groups typically include 6-10 students who meet regularly with group counselors.

Each group has a focus, like women’s issues, existential concerns, or relationship to nature. By exploring these topics, you have the opportunity to give and receive feedback, gain new insights and understandings that may help you face your unique challenges, and even open up powerful new relationships.

Contact the Counseling Center to schedule a “group screening” with the facilitator. This brief chat will help determine if the group is a good fit for you. Group counseling sessions are free for all students.

Students of Color Support Group

Students of Color Support Group

Fridays, 2-3 p.m.
Beginning October 14

Counseling Center, Noble 260

This group will focus on creating a safe space for members to connect with each other over their college experiences while learning skills to manage challenging situations. Topics discussed in this group could include the following (though not limited to): academic concerns, discrimination, racism, college adjustment, imposter syndrome, stereotype threat, financial difficulties, first generation experiences and other stressors that may relate to being a person of color while in college.

Contact the counseling center for more information.

Queer & Questioning Student Support Group

Queer & Questioning Student Support Group

Mondays, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Beginning September 26

Wondering how to be you, where you fit? Out and proud and want to talk about it? The Queer and Questioning Student Support group is an inclusive, affirming therapy group offered by the Counseling Center for students who identify as LGBTQIA2S+ or who are questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation. With support and facilitation from therapists, you will connect with peers and we’ll navigate topics like identity, sexuality, dysphoria/euphoria, healthy relationships, stigma, coming out, being you and more.

Visit or call the Counseling Center and make an appointment with one of our facilitators, Jen Shupe and Kain Ellis, to see if this group is right for you! If you missed the start date, you can ask to be added to the waiting list for next semester.

Men's Group

Men's Group

Wednesdays, 4 p.m.
Beginning October 5

The Men’s group is a supportive, collaborative, interactive, safe environment. Members of various backgrounds come together to support one another through encouragement, validation and feedback. Topics discussed in this group include but are not limited to concerns related to academics, career, interpersonal relationships, and emotional regulation.

Contact the Counseling Center and schedule an appointment if you are interested in this group.

Nature Group Therapy

Nature Group Therapy

Dates vary

The Nature Therapy Group will attend a free river rafting trip with the FLOW program. We will begin with two group therapy prep sessions before the trip. The three-day river rafting trip on the San Juan River near Bluff, UT, includes camping, whitewater rafting, fire-side conversations, and activities aimed at de-stressing while taking in the beauty of nature and aligning with ourselves. The group will conclude with two debrief sessions where members can share their group/rafting experience.

Group therapy prep sessions: September 21 and 28, 4 - 5:30 p.m
Rafting trip: September 30 - October 2
Group debrief sessions: October 5 and 12, 4 - 6 p.m.

Visit or call the Counseling Center (260 Noble hall, 970-247-7212) to make an appointment with one of our facilitators to see if this trip is right for you!

Artful Healing Group

Artful Healing Group

Fridays, 2 - 4:30 p.m.
September 23 - November 18, 2022

Artful Healing is a group focused on healing from trauma. Recognizing trauma can mean many things, the Artful Healing group defines it as any experience that feels so overwhelming it leaves you helpless, out of control, and experiencing symptoms that prevent you from living your full potential. We'll discuss how trauma affects our brains and bodies and provide tools for healing while incorporating fun, art-filled activities and connecting with others. The focus will be on working towards healing, developing skills, self-understanding, and increasing self-compassion, not discussing or processing traumatic experiences. 

Contact the Counseling Center at 970-247-7212 or counselingcenter@fortlewis.edu to schedule an initial appointment with the facilitator, Sandy Gurule, LCSW.

Grief Group

Grief Group

Dates and time TBD

Are you struggling with the loss of someone you love? Losing someone you love can be an intense human experience and it can be hard to handle on your own. This is an in-person group, limited to 8 individuals. Each session will be led by FLC Counseling Center counselors.

Call 970-247-7212 or email counselingcenter@fortlewis.edu for more information.

Dream Group

Dream Group

Dates and time TBD

Are you interested in exploring the deep, mystical world of your dreams? Craving authentic and long-lasting connections with like-minded peers? Inspired by self-growth and community? Dream Group might be for you! Meghan Doenges and Danielle Beamer lead this group.

Call 970-247-7212 or email counselingcenter@fortlewis.edu to set up a group screening and see if this fits you!

Life Skills Group

Life Skills Group

Tuesdays, 4-5:30 p.m.
Sept 27 - Nov 1

Counseling Center, Noble 260

Have you been feeling:

  • Anxious or depressed?
  • Like some of your relationships are a real struggle?
  • Like you are not handling stress very well?

Life Skills Group is a six-week therapy group open to about five students. The group covers skills people can use to manage stress, overcome depression and anxiety, and relate to themselves and others in healthier ways. Areas of focus include mindfulness, communication skills, and emotional health.

Contact the Counseling Center at 970-247-7212 or counselingcenter@fortlewis.edu or email Brian Arens (bjarens@fortlewis.edu) for more information.