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Student Life

Group Therapy

Group psychotherapy is often the best way to work on problems, especially when the problems stem from or impact your relationships with other people. A group gives you contact with a few of your peers, along with a therapist or therapists, who are not part of your everyday life. Group can allow you a place to give and receive support, ask for honest feedback, and try out new behaviors. It is designed to be a safe environment where you can test out different ways of acting with others. 

Read more about our current groups below.

All groups are planning to start the last week of September.

Understanding Self and Others Group

Do you want to improve your relationships or feel better about yourself? Are you interested in connecting in a deep and meaningful way with others? Are you noticing a pattern in your experiences that you’d like to change or understand better? Would you like honest feedback about how you relate to others? These interpersonal process groups will provide a supportive space to explore your feelings, connect with others, and practice new behaviors that can ultimately lead to more fulfilling relationships and increased confidence/comfort with yourself.  The times and days of the week for the Fall 2017 Semester are listed below. Groups are expected to start by the end of September. If you would like to learn more or are interested in joining one of these groups, please call the Health and Wellness Center at 847-735-5240, email healthandwellness@mx.lakeforest.edu, or schedule a counseling intake appointment through the Health and Wellness Center’s patient portal.

Monday Women’s Group, 4pm-5:30pm                                              Appropriate for female-identified students                                                Facilitators: Shannon Iverson, M.A. & Dr. Kasey Schultz-Saindon

 Tuesday All-Gender Group, 4pm-5:30pm                                   Appropriate for students of all genders                                                   Facilitators: Lauren Sbarbaro, M.A. & Dr. Ed Neumann


How to Bounce Back Group

This psychoeducational and skills-based group designed to help participants improve their resilience. The group is a weekly 4-part series that will repeat itself throughout the course of the semester. Participants can begin the group at any time and can attend as many or as few sessions as they would like. Participants will be exposed to mindfulness-based techniques, cognitive-behavioral strategies, and experiential processing that will give them opportunities to improve their skills at managing stress and anxiety. It is ideal for anyone who is hoping to find ways to better manage stress, decrease anxiety, improve their mood, or address sleep issues. The first group will take place on September 28, 2017. There is no referral or pre-group meeting necessary in order to participate in this group. Students who would like to attend should RSVP on the campus calendar. If you would like to learn more please call the Health and Wellness Center at 847-735-5240, email healthandwellness@mx.lakeforest.edu, or stop by the Health and Wellness Center in Buchanan Hall.  The group will meet weekly at 3pm on Thursdays starting September 28.

Thursdays 3pm—4pm                                                                   Facilitator: Dr. Jennifer Fast