Department of Counseling
& Psychological Services

West Chester University

Julie Perone, Ph.D.
715 S. New Street
Commonwealth Hall Suite 60
West Chester, PA 19383
610-436-2301(Phone #)
610-436-3114(Fax #)

Group Counseling

"A Place to Grow...With People Like You"


**********   Groups for Fall Semester 2014   **********


Students who are interested in joining a group should contact the appropriate group leader or come through the Counseling Center's Triage system (see Appointments for details). For additional information about a specific group, please contact one of the group leaders listed below.

Questions and Answers About Group Therapy

(Groups are listed here by day and time.)


Understanding Emotions 101: Learning Mindfulness
Mondays 1:00 - 2:30pm Group  (Leader: Dr. Rachel Daltry)

Navigating Relationships Group

Mondays 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (Leaders:  Dr. Ryan Weatherford)

Navigating Relationships Group

Tuesdays 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (Leaders:  Dr. Rachel Daltry and Dr. Kristin Mehr)

Sexual Assault Survivors Group

Wednesdays 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (Leaders: Dr. Kristin Mehr and Dr. Kate K. Samson)

Grad Students and Non-Traditional Navigating Relationships Group

Thursdays  10:00 - 11:30 a.m.  (Leaders:  Dr. Jim Bleiberg and Dr. Ryan Weatherford)

LGBTQ Identity Group

Thursdays 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (Leaders:  Dr. Erin McKeague and Dr. Kate Samson)

Navigating Relationships Group

Fridays  1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Leader:  Dr. Jim Bleiberg





(Please find the appropriate group description below:)

Stress Management Group: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Are you struggling with worries, anxiety, and/or stress? Do you find it difficult to manage your stress, which is costing you time, energy, health, and relationships? Do you feel like you are drifting through life or stuck in a rut? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, this ACT Stress Management Group may be right for you! The purpose of this group is to meet weekly to learn how to better cope with stress, anxiety, and worries by teaching you psychological skills to deal with your painful thoughts and feelings effectively - so they have much less of an impact and influence over you. It will also aim at clarifying what is truly important and meaningful to you, as to guide, inspire, and motivate you to change your life for the better. With acceptance and commitment therapy, you can Accept, Choose, and Take Action toward building the life you want!


Build Your Social Confidence Group

Build Your Social Confidence is a group for students who experience fear or anxiety in social situations. The group is appropriate for students who struggle with meeting new people and attending social functions as well as students who have difficulty with public speaking or talking in class. Although a formal diagnosis of Social Phobia is not required, the student needs to be experiencing a significant degree of anxiety in one or more social situations. The major focus of the group will be in-session exposures or role-plays in which students will practice facing their social fears in a safe and supportive environment.  In conjunction with the role-plays, students will learn to identify automatic thoughts associated with their feared situations and replace them with more helpful responses. Social skills training will be incorporated; however, someone with severe social skills deficits would not be appropriate for this group.





Gaining Perspective on Your Substance Use

This group will provide students with a safe place from which to explore and gain perspective on the role that their substance use plays in their lives.  Drugs and alcohol need not be the primary reason that students are seeking counseling.  Membership in this group is appropriate for students who have had a family member or friend express concern about their drug and/or alcohol use or, if they themselves have had thoughts about examining or changing their substance use.  Students do not need to be abstinent or regularly using to be a group member.  Group is also open to students who are contemplating making a change in their substance use, but have not been ready to take that step as of yet.  What is of importance is that group members have a willingness to look at their substance use and that they agree not to attend group sessions while under the influence.



LGBTQ Identity Group

This group is for students who want to explore and strengthen their sexual and/or gender identity, and want to talk with other students who have common experiences.  If you are struggling with acceptance from others or yourself and want a safe space to talk about difficult experiences regarding your LGBTQ identity, then this group would be a place to do so.  Students who wish to give and receive guidance and support around issues of sexual and/or gender identity and want to better understand the role sexual and gender identity plays in their lives would be good candidates for this group.



Navigating Relationships Group

Are you concerned about your self-esteem?  Relationships?  Social anxiety? Family issues?  Asking for what you need?  Figuring out who you are?  This weekly group will offer a safe, confidential place to discuss issues, such as these, with other students.  The leaders will facilitate group discussions to help participants better understand themselves and their relationships with others.

Relapse Prevention Group

This therapy group is designed for students who have acknowledged the negative impact that their substance use has had on their lives and as a result have made the decision to discontinue using and make the life changes necessary to support sober living. This group is also for students who have been abstinent from substances for some time and wish to prevent relapse.


Sexual Assault Survivors Group 

This weekly therapy group is designed to be a safe and confidential place for college women to receive support around their past or recent experiences of sexual assault. The group will consist of approximately 6-8 students and will be facilitated by two female faculty members in the Counseling Center. The group will remain open for students to join at any point during the semester, but once they join, they will be expected to attend every week for the remainder of the semester, which helps to ensure a sense of consistency and safety for group members. Before potential members can begin attending meetings, they must first meet with the co-leaders to learn more about the group and determine if the group is mutually appropriate for their needs.

Understanding Emotions 101: Learning Mindfulness

This group is for those interested in learning how to manage difficult emotions (like anxiety, anger, depression) and problematic negative thought patterns. It aims to help students enhance their ability to recognize and understand their emotions within a safe environment through Mindfulness Meditation. Mindfulness is a way to pay attention on purpose, in the present moment, and in a non-judgmental manner. Ultimately, the goal of this group is to help members improve their overall quality of daily life and interpersonal relationships by helping members enhance their understanding of their emotions.