Group Therapy

The Health and Wellness Center is proud to offer group therapy to help students improve their well-being and achieve their goals.

If you are curious whether group is a good fit for you, know that nearly anyone can benefit from group! Below you can see our current group offerings and read more about group therapy. 

Spring 2021 Support Spaces

Support spaces are not formal therapy but are designed to be affirming spaces to receive support and connect with others who may have shared experiences. These are a drop-in format, come as frequently or infrequently as you need!

Support spaces during the Spring 2021 semester will be held via Zoom. If you are interested in attending a support space, please reach out to the Health and Wellness Center at 847-735-5240 or email healthandwellness@mx.lakeforest.edu for for the Zoom link.

Students of Color Support Space
It can be important to have a safe space to talk about your experiences and feel understood without having to navigate a White space.  This group is specifically designed as a space to provide care and support to students of color. 

Led by Dr. Abena Berry (Former therapist at the Health and Wellness Center)
Held weekly on Tuesdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)

LGBTQ Support Space/The Rainbow Network
An affirming and supportive group space for Lake Forest College students who identify as LGBTQ. 

Led by Felix Deiss, MA
Meets biweekly on Mondays, 6:00pm-7:00pm  (2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/5, 4/19, 5/3)

Mindfulness Group

A 4-session group in which participants will learn about and utlize mindfulness as a tool for stress reduction and improvement of wellbeing. Learn how to be more present and aware of your emotions and reactions in a collaborative environment.

Mindfulness Group 1
Facilitators: Kamila Smyk-Jaworski, MA, and Kasey Schultz-Saindon, PhD
Thursdays, 4:00pm-5:00pm, February 18th through March 11th  

Mindfulness Group 2
Facilitators: Tammy Smith, MA, and Kamila Smyk-Jaworski, MA
Thursdays, 4:00pm-5:00pm, March/April, specific start date TBD  

Connecting with Self and Others Group

Do you want to improve your relationships or feel better about yourself? Are you interested in connecting in a deep and meaningful way with others? Are you noticing a pattern in your experiences that you’d like to change or understand better? Would you like honest feedback about how you relate to others? These interpersonal process groups will provide a supportive space to explore your feelings, connect with others, and practice new behaviors that can ultimately lead to more fulfilling relationships and increased confidence/comfort with yourself.

Tuesday Group, 4:30 p.m. - 5:50 p.m
Facilitators: Felix Deiss, MA & Kasey Schultz-Saindon, PhD

Wednesday Group, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Facilitators: Zeina Soued, MA & Kasey Schultz-Saindon, PhD

If you would like to learn more or are interested in joining these groups, please call the Health and Wellness Center at 847-735-5240, email healthandwellness@mx.lakeforest.edu, or schedule a Counseling Services Initial Consultation through the:

Lake Forest Student Health Portal