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 Spring Semester 2015   **********


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 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.  (Leader: Dr. Rachel Daltry)

Navigating Relationships Group 

Mondays 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (Leaders:  Dr. Ryan Weatherford and Sarah Whalen, M.A..)

Polisitve Psychology Drop-in Group

Tuesdays  3:30 - 4:30 p.m.  (Leader:  Dr. Kristin Shelesky)

Navigating Relationships Group

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

Sexual Assault Survivors Group 

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

Mindfulness and Substance Usse

Wednesdays Noon - 1:00 p.m. (Leader:  Dr. Kristin Shelesky)

LGBTQ Identity Group

Thursdays 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (Leaders:  Dr. Erin McKeague and Anna Sheedy, M.A.)

Navigating Relationships Group

Fridays  1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Leader:  Dr. Jim Bleiberg and Jennifer White, M.A.)





(Please find the appropriate group description below:)



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.

Mindfulness and Substance Use

This group will provide students with a safe place from which to explore the role that their substance use plays in their lives and make mindful decisions about their use. Group sessions will include educational (e.g., information about cultural influences in drinking), supportive (e.g., via facilitator and members), and behavioral components (e.g., tracking substance use over time, setting goals). In addition, members will practice mindful strategies in managing their substance use and life issues. Membership in this group is appropriate for students using alcohol or substances, who have considered changing their use, or who have had a family member or friend express concern about their drug and/or alcohol use. Students do not need to be abstinent or regularly using to be a group member. Group members have a willingness to look at their substance use and agree not to attend group sessions while under the influence of any substances. A mandatory introductory session is required for all participants (regardless of time of entry into the group).

Note: We are not able to provide verification of therapy for mandated (e.g, court-ordered) treatment.


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.


Positive Psychology Drop-In Group

Positive psychology examines pleasant, enhancing, meaningful, and fulfilling human behaviors, mental experiences, and emotions. The positive psychology drop-in group will offer students an opportunity to learn about and practice positive psychological activities and principles. Since this group will be drop-in, a semester-long commitment is not required to attend this group. Rather, students can attend one or many sessions. An initial and/or Triage appointment is required prior to attending drop-in group.



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, made the decision to discontinue using, and made/are making the life changes necessary to support sober living. This supportive and educational group is also intended for students who have been abstinent from substances for some time and wish to prevent relapse.

Note: We are not able to provide verification of therapy for mandated (e.g, court-ordered) treatment.



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.