Therapy Groups

Therapy groups are safe places for all MSU students to connect with one another and learn more about themselves, skills for improving their mental health and ways to improve their interpersonal relationships. Therapy groups require a group screening and consistent attendance is encouraged.

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) Group for Grad Students
    Many graduate students experience anxiety or depression. This group aims to help grad students learn mindfulness skills, connect to their values and strengthen psychological flexibility in their relationships with themselves and others. We offer a mixture of support, experiential learning and action-oriented work.
    Group screening is required.
    Thursdays 3-4 p.m.

    Group Begins September 21

    Status: In Person

    Facilitator:  Jeff Baker, MA, LLP & Bronwen Jesswei


  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Group
    Adults who want to improve their capacity to operate effectively in their environment can benefit from this skills-based, minimally process-oriented group. The group is structured in an educational format for skill acquisition/application from a multicultural and collaborative lens. We’ll teach skills, discuss their application and practice skills between sessions.
    This is a good group for students in need of emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness skills. We’ll start by discussing mindfulness skills for two weeks at the beginning of each module. Those skills are incorporated into others throughout the semester.

    Tuesdays, 3:30–5 p.m.
    Status: Virtual
    Tuesday Facilitator: Lauren Enty Aniko Varga, MA

    Wednesdays, 3:30–5 p.m.
    Status: In person
    Facilitator: Mike Alnarshi, LMSW & Sam Sheppard

    Fridays, 9:30–11 a.m.
    Status: In person
    Facilitator: Dave Gates, MA, LPC & Zari Carpenter, MA

    Groups begin September 5


  • Lifeline: CBT Skills for Suicide Prevention

    The primary goal of Lifeline is to address suicide. Lifeline focuses on teaching you how to solve problems, manage crises, and think about yourself and your life differently. As you learn these

    new skills, you will find that you are better able to manage crises in your life. To do this, you, other group members and the group co-facilitators will talk about stressful situations in life and practice new skills to handle these situations differently.

    Mondays 2– 3:30 p.m.

    Status: In Person

    Facilitators: Karen Stanley-Kime, PhD, LP & Jimmy Bruce, PhD, LP

    Group Begins September 18

  • Mindfulness-Based Anxiety Management

    Mindfulness-Based Anxiety Management  

    Mindfulness-Based Anxiety Management is a virtual cognitive-behavioral therapy group for undergraduate and graduate students to reduce their anxiety and other emotional distress. Group members will learn mindfulness techniques and cognitive strategies. Members will also gain non-judgmental self-awareness and peer support. No religious background is required. 

    Thursdays, 2:30–4 p.m.  

    Status: In Person 

    Facilitators: Mollie Delzeith, MA, LPC &  Anni Wang 


    Group Begins September 21