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Cougar Health Services Counseling and Psychological Services

COVID-19 Update

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has modified practice procedures and will be providing all services by secure Zoom or telephone. Please call the reception desk at 509-335-4511 during regular business hours to access services, whether you are a current counseling client, current psychiatry client, or a student who wants to start counseling or psychiatry.

Group Counseling & Workshops

To get started with group counseling and workshops, your first visit will be an initial consultation to receive an assessment from a mental health counselor.

Also, keep up with the mental health resources we offer every semester if you need help handling stress and other challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is group counseling?

Group counseling is a therapy format that addresses personal issues through interpersonal interaction, psycho-education, and skills training. Group counseling can be a powerful tool for growth and change, through which students deepen their level of self-awareness, enhance their use of coping skills, increase their sense of self-acceptance, and reduce their feelings of isolation or anxiety. Students who join a therapy group have a unique opportunity to receive multiple perspectives, support, encouragement, and feedback from other individuals in a safe and confidential environment.

What do groups look like?

Our therapy groups are typically comprised of 6-10 members and 1-2 professional group leaders. They typically meet once a week for either 60 or 90 minutes. While some groups are only open for new members to join at the beginning of each semester, others are open for the duration of the semester and accept new members at any time. Some groups are ongoing from one semester to the next, and members can choose to continue to remain in a group for more than one semester if they find it beneficial.

We offer several forms of group counseling, including Process Groups, Skills-Building Groups, and Support Groups.

  • Process Groups, which are typically unstructured, focus on the interactions among group members. Members of process groups are encouraged to share their experiences, provide support and feedback to others, and explore their reactions and responses to other members’ contributions.
  • Skills-Building Groups provide a space in which students can learn and practice tools for enhancing their well-being and managing specific concerns, such as social anxiety, emotion dysregulation, or disordered eating patterns. These groups are usually more structured and involve more direct instruction from the group leader.
  • Support Groups are designed to help students who are struggling with similar conditions, life events, or identity concerns, to come together and receive information, support, and guidance from one another. These groups provide a space for students to share their experiences, learn about resources, and gain a sense of empowerment and comradery.

How do I join a group?

Groups are open to all currently-enrolled WSU students who have paid the student health fee. All potential group members will be asked to complete paperwork and meet with a counselor for an initial consultation appointment in order to determine if a group is the right fit for them. In addition to a consultation appointment, group members will also meet with the group leader for a pre-group screening in order to find out more details about the group, discuss any concerns or questions about joining the group, and review group agreements.

To begin the process of joining a group, students must call Counseling and Psychological Services during counseling hours at 509-335-4511.

What groups are available?

View our list of current groups & workshops. To start the process of joining a group, you will need to schedule an appointment with Counseling and Psychological Services during counseling hours.

How can I get more information?

For more information, contact us.