Counseling Center - Available Groups

Groups and Activities


Guided Meditation (For students, faculty, and staff)

Meditation is the practice of concentrated focus on a visualization, sound, object, or your breath in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth. No experience needed. 

  • No registration needed. Attend as your schedule allows.

  • Location: 220 Turley Student Service Center

  • Day and Time (Group length averages 15-45 minutes)

    • Monday - 3:15pm - Beginners

    • Tuesday - 12:30pm - Stress & Anxiety

    • Wednesday - 3:15pm - Physical & Emotional Pain

    • Thursday - 12:30pm - Focus & Attention

    • Friday - 9:00am - Silent Meditation


Alcohol and Other Drug Education Group (For students)

Alcohol and Other Drug (AoD) Education Group is a four week course on Thursdays at 12:30pm to 1:20pm for students who have issues with drugs and alcohol. This group will assist students with decision making skills, alcohol and drug knowledge, and making positive choices. This is not a recovery, AA, or NA group. Call 304-333-3661 for more information. Registration is required.


Grief and Bereavement Support Group (Open to students, faculty, staff, and the community)

Bereavement and grief support groups provide support to people who have experienced a loss. If you have lost a spouse or partner, parents, children, or a friend, this group is for you.   The goal of this monthly meeting is to assist in adjusting to the death, learn how to accept the loss, honor the memory of your loved one, and adjust to life after the loss. The healing power of groups is well documented, and support groups offer many of the same therapeutic characteristics as more structured groups. These factors include: altruism (chance to help others), belongingness, universality (there are others who struggle with similar challenges), interpersonal learning, guidance, catharsis, identification, self-understanding, instillation of hope, and existential factors (such as the search for larger meaning in life). Each of these factors is directly related to the mutual support that members provide one another.

This group is led by James Keresztury, LCSW, ACSW, MBA

  • Call Jim at 304-293-0481 or 304-282-9819 to register.

  • Location: 303 Education Building

  • Day and Time: Last Tuesday of every month, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Womens' Self-Defense Class  (For students only)

Research suggests that college women are most vulnerable during the first 6-8 weeks of the semester.  Learn how to get out of dangerous situations.  Must pre-register to participate! 

Check back for another opportunity during the spring semester 

Fall classes were held Sunday, August 24th, 2014  

If you are interested in any of the above groups, have any questions, or would like a group that is not listed, please email our counselors and let them know!



Office Information

Suite 316 Turley Student Services Center
(304) 333-3661
Office Hours
Monday – Friday, 8am to 4pm
Mailing Address
Fairmont State University
Office of Counseling and Disability Services
1201 Locust Avenue
Turley Center, Suite 316
Fairmont, WV 26554
Andrea Pammer, MA
Director of Counseling & Disability Services
Licensed Psychologist
Phone: (304) 367-4686