Group Counseling

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.

Mondays, 9:00-11:00 AM

June 14 - August 9 (10 sessions)

Healing with Horses
An Experiential Group for Survivors of Childhood Trauma

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.

Through activities with the horses, expressive art, journaling, guided meditations, and group discussion, participants will learn to:


  • Set healthy boundaries

  • Establish mutual trust and respect in relationships

  • Get the information in emotions and use it wisely to guide action

  • Use the body as a sensing device

  • Expand awareness and creativity

  • Break out of survival-based (False Self) beliefs and behaviors

  • Practice assertive, non-predatory power in a way that enhances safety and confidence in a relationship

  • Be more present in the moment and in the body


Fee: $50 per session (can be billed to insurance as group therapy)

  • No horse experience necessary

  • There will be no riding involved

  • Participation is limited to 6 group members (must be 18 or older)

Please contact Melanie Marklein at or Cynthia Degnan at if you have questions or want to sign up for the group.

Group Facilitators:

Melanie Marklein, PhD, LCP, Eponaquest Instructor

Cynthia Degnan, PhD, LCSW, Trauma Therapist

Mondays or Wednesdays, starting the week of June 7, 2021 (7 weeks)
4:00-5:00 pm

Asian American Women’s Discussion Group

A group experience for AAPI women to discuss, support, build community, and find solidarity in the Asian American experience.

Topics will include:


  • Anti-Asian Hate

  • Racial Identity

  • Fetishization

  • Invisibility

  • Microaggressions

  • Model Minority Myth

  • Safety and Self-Care


Fee: $50 for 7 sessions

For more information, contact Gina Yu:

(217) 778-4134, ext. 8

To register, go to

Facilitated by Gina Yu, Counselor-in-Training & Amy Han, LCSW