Loyola University Chicago

Wellness Center

Wellness Center Groups

Please see below for the list of Fall 2020 Wellness Center groups. Groups are free to all LUC students. These groups were developed by Wellness Center mental health staff to meet the specific needs of college students. If you are interested in joining a group, please reach out to the staff member in each description, their contact information is in the group listing. Also, some groups are only available to Illinois residents, see below for the group that best fits your needs and location. If you are not sure whch group is the best fit for you, you can call 773-508-2530 and schedule a phone triage appointment with a mental health provider to talk through your options. All of the groups listed are virtual and will take place over Zoom.

You Got This: Making a Successful Transition to College Life 

Tuesdays 1pm-2pm

Work through your adjustment to the first year of college in a supportive space and develop effective coping skills for managing overwhelming feelings and new situations.  Group will start in September and is open to new members until full.  Contact Brit Holmberg, LCSW, at bholmbe@luc.edu or 773-508-2547 for more information and to register.


Graduating Senior Support Group  

Wednesdays from 3-4pm.

Senior year can be a stressful time. Covid-19 has amplified senior year stress for many students working to manage ongoing responsibilities, change and uncertainty. In this virtual support group, you will learn skills to help manage stress, process change, accept uncertainty and gain confidence as you move toward graduation. Contact Dr. Hongying Chen at hchen13@luc.edu or (312) 915-6376 or Guy Caprio, LCSW at gcaprio@luc.edu or (312) 915-6379 for additional information and to register. 


International Student Virtual Drop-In Group:  Celebrating and Thriving Through Cultural Diversity 

Tuesdays 5-6 PM, CST.

This Drop-In group is open to any Loyola international student who is currently in the U.S. or abroad.  We provide a safe space for international students to meet and talk about the joys and challenges of being an international student during these challenging times.  Goal of the group is to support each other, have fun, and problem solve concerns.  To register, contact Hongying Chen PhD hchen13@luc.edu or Daniel Keller, PhD dkeller@luc.edu


Cafecito Chats--for Latinx-identified students! 

Wednesdays at 2pm

This group will offer an opportunity for Latinx students to chat over coffee (optional) and to discuss fostering a sense of community at LUC and in your personal life. The group will be facilitated using a bicultural lens. This group is open to all students living in and outside of Illinois. To learn more information contact Priscilla Anzaldua, LCSW at panzald@luc.edu


Arrupe Transition Group 

Thursdays at 3pm

This support group is for students from Arrupe College as they continue to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Loyola University Chicago. We will be discussing ways to manage transitions, stress, and seek connection within a larger LUC community.  For more information, contact Priscilla Anzaldua, LCSW at  panzald@luc.edu or Nicole Sumida, LCSW at nsumida@luc.edu


Take a Deep Breath: Drop-in Mindfulness Meditation 

Mondays 4:30pm-5:30 pm

 Starts Monday, August 24 & runs until last session on Nov. 30 

It’s much easier to meditate with the support of a group and teacher! Learn how to meditate and incorporate it into your daily life OR support an existing practice. See why this group has been running since 2002! Sessions are ongoing, newcomers are always welcome. To register or ask questions - email Dianna Stencel, LCSW at dstence@luc.edu


Befriending the Nervous System: How Turning to Your Body Can Bring About Well-being 

Six week course meets Thursdays 3:00pm-4:15 

Session one starts:  Thursday, Sept 10 | Session Two starts: Thursday, Oct 22

Feeling overwhelmed? You are not alone! Learn to better manage stress and overwhelm as we explore nervous system regulation. Through mini lecture, conversation and learning somatic exercises – you’ll have a better idea what supports your unique nervous system. To register or ask questions - email Dianna Stencel, LCSW at dstence@luc.edu


Peaceful Mind: Mindfulness Group to Better Stress and Mood 

Wednesdays 4:00pm- 5:30 pm 

Information sessions held 4-5:30 on Wed.  Sept 2, Sept 9, Sept 16 * Required attendance of ONE information session before joining the group

A 9-week mindfulness based group designed to help you better manage feelings of stress and improve mood. Quote from a past participant: ‘… a program such as this one can make a huge difference!’ You will receive a free e-handbook and recordings to help you with your at-home assignments throughout the course of the group. To register or ask questions - email Dianna Stencel, LCSW at dstence@luc.edu


Coping during Covid 

Thursdays from 10-11:30 am 

Looking for a space to openly discuss feelings and learn useful coping skills during these unprecedented times? This group will help students learn how to manage difficult emotions when faced with uncertainty, allow them to engage with fellow students, and come up with creative solutions and skills to improve well-being. To register for more info, contact Zoe Smith at zsmith5@luc.edu or Tessa Kritikos at tkritikos@luc.edu.  


I'm My Own Soulmate: Learning to Cultivate Healthy Self-Image 

Tuesdays 3-4 pm

Are you curious to learn more about how to improve your self-esteem and honor your self-worth? In this virtual group, we will explore the factors that shape our sense of self, and learn to grow our resiliency by letting go of judgment and practicing compassion for ourselves and others. Group members will review and discuss content on gender, body image, social media, relationships, and more to challenge norms and promote growth. Contact Maddie Friedman, LCSW, at mfriedman6@luc.edu or (773) 508-8885 to request group membership. 


Men’s Group

Tuesdays from 11am-12pm

A supportive, confidential space to process toxic masculinity and its negative impact on mental health & relationships and explore feminist, anti-racist, and non-violent approaches to help participants heal and grow.  Open to all male-identified LUC students.  Facilitated by Dr. Joey Rea, Psy.D and Brit Holmberg, LCSW.  Please contact Brit Holmberg at bholmbe@luc.edu for more information or to register


Simple Strategies for Managing Anxiety-

Wednesdays 3:00-4:00pm

This 8-week group uses evidence-based strategies to help you better understand how anxiety impacts your daily life and learn helpful skills to effectively manage stressors.  Begins September 23th.  Contact Brit Holmberg, LCSW, at bholmbe@luc.edu or 773-508-2547 for more information and to register. 


Empowered Black Ramblers

Wednesdays 4-5:15pm, tentative

This group is open to all Black identified undergraduate students. This group will discuss issues of cultural uniqueness and the impact that it has on the balance of school/work/personal relationships. Discussions include perceptions of competence, disparities, and identity as they relate to mental health.  Contact Andrea Boyd, PhD at aboyd2@luc.edu to request group membership.


Black Graduate Student Support Group

Thursdays, 430-6pm, tentative

This group is open to all Black identified graduate students. This group seeks to create a safe and trusting environment to dialogue openly and honestly about race/culture and pursuing an advanced degree at LUC.  Topics may include social expectations, coping with pressure, relationships, isolation and emotional well being.  Contact Andrea Boyd, PhD at aboyd2@luc.edu to request group membership.


Dissertation and Thesis Support Group

Fridays 12-1pm

This group is open to graduate students at any stage of completing the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation.  Join us for tips and support for keeping on track, getting back on track...or starting on the right track! We can help you achieve your goal! Contact Andrea Boyd, PhD at aboyd2@luc.edu to request group membership.


The Struggle is Real – A 3 Week Stress Management Skills Group

Dates: September 14, 21 and 28 & October 12, 19 and 26 from noon to 1 pm  

The Struggle Is Real is a weekly 60 minute stress management group scheduled twice each semester for 3 consecutive weeks. Join us virtually via Zoom to learn specific skills to relax, recharge, reduce worry and increase positivity. Group interaction is encouraged with participants welcome to share experiences and ask questions throughout our time together. After all, who doesn’t want to feel less stressed? 

Contact Guy Caprio, LCSW with questions or sign up at 312.915.6379 or gcaprio@luc.edu. 


Graduate Student Interpersonal Group 

Thursdays 3-4:30pm

This is a semester-long group for graduate students to connect with other graduate students, with the goal of helping you decrease the sense of isolation, increase self-awareness, and enhance relationships. The group provides you with a safe space to give and receive support and feedback, and to communicate your emotions and needs in effective ways. To set up a pre-group interview or for more information, contact Hongying Chen, PhD at hchen13@luc.edu.


Emotional Intelligence and Relationships Groups 

These semester-long virtual groups are open to undergraduate students and offer a safe space for you to explore your emotions more deeply and to reflect on your thoughts and behaviors in relationships.  

There are multiple sections of this group.  Please email or call the facilitator of the specific group you are interested in:

Mondays 11-12:30pm-Email Brit Holmberg, LCSW bholmbe@luc.edu for more information or to register

Mondays 3-4:30pm-Email Tiffany Tiberi, PsyD at ttiberi@luc.edu or call 773-508-2751 to learn more information or to set up a pre-group interview.

Fridays 10-11:15 am—Email Hongying Chen, PhD at hchen13@luc.edu to learn more information or set up a pre-group interview


Queer-antine Support Group

Fridays 1:30-3pm, starting September 18th

This group is open to undergraduate and graduate students in Illinois of all gender identities who identify as LGBTQ+. The goal of this group is to provide a safe and nonjudgmental space for queer identified students to process feelings of depression and anxiety related to (but not limited to): the coming out process, relationships, homophobia, transphobia, and the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting the world. Interested students should complete a group screening with Joey Rea, Psy.D. and Tiffany Tiberi, Psy.D. to determine fit. Group will meet weekly for an hour and a half beginning on Friday, September 18th at 1:30pm. Contact Dr Rea at jrea@luc.edu for more information or to set up a pre-group screen.


From Humdrum to Hustling: Behavioral Activation Strategies to Achieve Your Goals 

Wednesdays from 2-3:30 pm

A group for students who find themselves stuck in a rut, struggling to get motivated or feel unfulfilled. This interactive skills-based group will help students learn about the impact of mood on their thoughts and behaviors, identify their values, find and plan activities that align with those values, and get those activities completed. To register for more info, contact Tessa Kritikos at tkritikos@luc.edu or Zoe Smith at zsmith5@luc.edu.  

Into the Unknown

Thursday, September 17th at 1:00 PM

 These times are filled with uncertainty!  This one-hour virtual workshop will teach skills and engage students in guided meditation activities to learn how to become more comfortable with uncertainty. For questions, or to RSVP for the workshop, please email workshop facilitators Maddie Friedman, LCSW mfriedman6@luc.edu and Jessica Gould, LCSW jgould1@luc.edu.


COVID, Party of 1

Thursday, October 1st at 1:00 PM

This one-hour virtual workshop will teach students skills they can use to work with feelings of loneliness and isolation. For questions, or to RSVP for the workshop, please email workshop facilitators Maddie Friedman, LCSW mfriedman6@luc.edu and Jessica Gould, LCSW jgould1@luc.edu.


Stay Home, Stay Sane

Thursday, October 15th at 1:00 PM

This one-hour virtual workshop will teach students skills to help them more effectively manage their emotions. For questions, or to RSVP for the workshop, please email workshop facilitators Maddie Friedman, LCSW mfriedman6@luc.edu and Jessica Gould, LCSW jgould1@luc.edu.


Success with AD/HD and other Executive Function Challenges Workshop

Workshop date/time TBD

Plan for success by learning strategies that help develop habits of preparation, focus and academic confidence. Contact Andrea Boyd, PhD at aboyd2@luc.edu for more information and to register.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Workshop for Managing Disordered Eating

Workshop date/time TBD 

This workshop is open to undergraduate and graduate students who may be struggling with body image issues and disordered eating. The workshop will be two hours in length and will be facilitated by Joey Rea, Psy.D. It will focus on teaching skills to manage difficult feelings related to food, challenging negative self-talk, and enhancing one’s ability to effectively tolerate distress regarding eating behaviors. For questions or to RSVP for the workshop, please email facilitator Dr. Joey Rea at jrea@luc.edu


Ask The Psychiatrist!

Wednesday October 14, 2020 at 5pm 

Find out everything you might want to know about psychiatric medications. In this workshop, WC psychiatrist Dr. Daisy Nie will discuss how to understand your options, figure out if medication is right for you, and find medication that is helpful and effective for your struggles. Topics can include medication myths and facts, the different options for medications, managing side effects, and tips for a successful experience. This workshop can help if you are curious about starting medication; if you have heard about medication from family, friends, or professionals; if you feel unsure about the idea of medication; or if you are currently taking medication and have questions about it. Open to all students.

Contact Daisy Nie, MD at dnie@luc.edu or (773) 508-8876 to register in advance or for more information.