Groups and Programs

Group counseling provides a unique opportunity to be in community with others who have experiences and feelings similar to yours. Groups are a special place for being seen and validated by peers, learning from the group's sharing and interactions, and finding support and healing from the relationships that form within the group.

September 7-November 9, 2021

Tuesdays, 3:30–5:30pm |  St. Joseph, just outside of Champaign-Urbana

Healing with Horses

This group is open to adults who are dealing with the lasting effects of childhood trauma. People who were physically, verbally, or sexually abused and/or emotionally neglected or abandoned in childhood often struggle with relationships, emotion regulation, self-esteem, and other aspects of functioning in adulthood. In this equine-facilitated psychotherapy group, participants will have an opportunity to interact with horses and one another in ways that promote healing, discovery, and deep connection.

No horse experience necessary. There will be no riding involved.
Must be 18 or older.

Group Facilitators:

Melanie Marklein, PhD, LCP, Eponaquest Instructor

Cynthia Degnan, PhD, LCSW, Trauma Therapist

An Experiential Group for Survivors of Childhood Trauma

January 4–April 26, 2022 (no meeting March 15)
Tuesdays 4:30–6:00pm  |  701 Devonshire Dr., Champaign

Women’s Trauma Recovery Group

This goal-oriented group focuses on decreasing the impact of past trauma on your current life. The group is open to female-identified adult survivors of interpersonal trauma (e.g., emotional/physical abuse or neglect, sexual abuse/violence). 

A Safe Space for Exploration and Healing

Group Facilitators:

Melanie Marklein, PhD
Heather Pierce, LCPC

Winter/Spring 2022
Dates/times TBD  |  701 Devonshire Dr., Champaign

Women’s Trauma Information Group

The purpose of this group is for members to connect with one another and explore the impact of traumatic experience on various aspects of life and relationships.

Promoting Safety and Self-Care

Group Facilitators:

Christina Hoppin, LCPC
Lindsay Jackson

September 27–November 1, 2021
Mondays 5:30–7:00pm  |  701 Devonshire Dr., Champaign

Therapeutic Writing Group for Trauma Survivors

Therapeutic writing in a supportive group environment can empower trauma survivors to connect with each other and with themselves. Sessions will focus on allowing participants control over their narratives and exploring ways of healing the impact of trauma. Participants will not be required or expected to share details of their trauma.

Group Facilitators:

Carolyn Cruse, MSW, LCSW

Lindsay Jackson

September 27–November 1, 2021
Mondays 5:30–7:00pm  |  701 Devonshire Dr., Champaign

Therapeutic Writing Group for Trauma Survivors

Therapeutic writing in a supportive group environment can empower trauma survivors to connect with each other and with themselves. Sessions will focus on allowing participants control over their narratives and exploring ways of healing the impact of trauma. Participants will not be required or expected to share details of their trauma.

Group Facilitators:

Carolyn Cruse, MSW, LCSW

Lindsay Jackson