Support Groups

Support Groups at W&L
1. W&L has a support network for students who have had problems with alcohol or substance use and want to connect with others in a similar situation. The Washingtonian Recovery Community, is named in honor of the Washingtonian Movement, a nineteenth century group that was a precursor of AA. It began as a group of educated young men in Baltimore who, in 1840, realized that drunkenness was damaging their lives and pledged mutual support to help one another achieve sobriety. They founded an ongoing fellowship to help themselves and others whose lives had been harmed by alcohol abuse. To be a part of this group at W&L, students need only to recognize that alcohol or substances have caused problems in their lives, and want help with change. Complete sobriety is not required. This is not a treatment group, but a social support group intended to help students find friendship and support for their desire for change. The group will meet weekly for a meal and social time (free food) with the aim of fostering connection, friendship, and enjoyment for student's alcohol and substance issues. For information, contact Dr. Kirk Luder, or x8592.

2. Are you exploring your sexual orientation or gender identity? Are you looking for a place to feel welcomed and supported? You've found it at W&L, where there is a weekly discussion and support group for LGBTQ students each Friday from 3:45-4:30pm at an off campus confidential location. Contact Rallie Snowden, Coordinator of LGBTQ at for exact location and details for our confidential support group. All inquiries will be kept completely private.

3. The Counseling Center has a body image support group open to any students who are interested in discussing issues related to body image, disordered eating, and eating disorders. The group meets on Fridays from 3:30-4:45 and is facilitated by Dr. Christy Barongan and Dr. Janet Boller. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Barongan at

4. Have you had experiences with depression and anxiety? There will be weekly peer support/discussion group for students who want to connect with others who have had similar issues. Sometimes students who feel anxious or depressed have trouble talking to their friends about it and can feel pretty isolated. This is a good time to vent without judgment or reprisal with other students who have had similar pain. Contact Dr. Kirk Luder or xx8592. All inquiries will be kept confidential.

5. Student Sexual Assault Survivors Support Group
You're not alone and we're here to help. People who have experienced dating, domestic, or other types of sexual abuse can also join. Meetings take place at Project Horizon's office, located at 120 Varner Lane, a 10-minute walk from campus. The focus of this confidential group is empowerment and for students to support one another in the healing process. Meetings will take place every other week and will be facilitated by a Project Horizon counselor. Survivors can include W&L undergraduates and law students, as well as students from VMI and SVU. If you would like to join the group but do not fit into one of those categories, please contact Project Horizon for either inclusion or referral to an appropriate group. All participants need to complete a pre-screening interview with the facilitator to ensure that every participant is appropriate for the group. If you would like to join, please contact or call 540-463-7861 to set up your pre-screening before the first meeting.