Therapy Groups

Group counseling is a form of therapy where 5-10 group members share personal struggles together with group leaders. Group can be the best treatment choice for students to address lifestyle challenges and/or alcohol/drug concerns.

Most issues take place in social environments, such as among families or in schools, workplaces, clubs and organizations. We interact and develop in this social setting, therefore most of our mental health concerns can be best dealt with in a social situation like group counseling. Group is a safe and supportive environment to share your concerns, learn from one another, experiment with new behaviors, and better understand your issues.

To join a group contact the University Counseling Center at (616) 331-3266.

Current Groups Offered


Drugs & Alcohol Change Your Use Group

Time:  Thursdays, 9:30 - 11:00 AM 

Leaders:  Eric Klingensmith & Bonnie Dykstra

Starting: Begins 1/26 (First time please arrive at 9:00 AM)

How to Enroll in the Group:  Call 616-331-3266 for further information

This is a supportive and non-judgmental group open to currently enrolled students who would like to explore their alcohol or other drug use.  Students attending this group may range from those actively in recovery to those exploring whether or not they have a problem.  The group is tailored to the individual needs of the students and may include education regarding medical aspects of mood-altering substance use, how to develop sober supports, relationships in recovery, strategies for coping with life stressors without the use of substances, etc.  


Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACoA) Group

Time:  Tuesdays, 3:30 - 5:00PM

Leader:  Bonnie Dykstra & Casey Perisin

Starting: Begins 1/17

How to Enroll in the Group:  Call 616-331-3266 for further information

This group is open to currently enrolled students who grew up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional environment and as a result may feel different than others.  If you have trouble managing your feelings; have difficulty with relationships, or meeting your own needs, this group may be for you. Topics will address learning healthy coping and healing.  Individuals attending this group will meet with the group leader for a screening prior to attending.


MIP 2 Group

This 5-week group is typically required by courts/probation officers when students receive a second MIP. The one hour weekly meetings are held on the Allendale campus and presented by Holland Hospital.

Although the meetings are held in the Counseling Center, you will need to contact Mark Bombara at Holland Hospital for more information and to register for this program.

How to Enroll in the GroupCall Mark Bombara, MA, LLP at (616) 355-3926


Group Therapy




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