Groups & Workshops

Group Counseling is a confidential service provided to all eligible students. Therapy groups are often limited to a maximum of 12 people; once therapy has begun the group is closed. Closed groups with a small number of participants allows for trust building and group cohesion, thus allowing groups to be therapeutic.

How to Sign Up

Groups are not drop-ins and fill up quickly; please contact the group facilitator prior to the start of the group session to ensure space is still available and that the group will meet your needs.

What to expect at group counseling:

Introduction to Group Therapy

For medical or psychiatric emergencies, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.

Women Empowering Women       Tuesdays    2:30 pm - 4:00 pm        6/5/18 - 8/14/18

Anxiety Management---TBD

Dynamic Self---TBD

DBT---   Wednesdays    10:30 am - 12:00 pm    6/20/18 - 8/15/18            NO GROUP ON 7/4/18

Fridays:  3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

2/9/18 - 5/11/18

(This is an open group that accepts new members throughout the semester)

Facilitator(s):  Jason Cataldo, LMFT

If you have lost a loved one, come receive and give support in a safe, nurturing space.  Group members will gain understanding of the wide variety of emotions that accompany loss and support each other through this often painful life journey. For more information call Jason Cataldo at 916-278-6043.

Click here to express interest in this Group.

Mondays   9:00 am - 10:30 am

3/5/18 - 5/7/18

Facilitator(s): Becca Thompson, Ph.D.

This group is open to all students who struggle with managing their emotions. Do you have a pattern of intense, overwhelming emotional reactions or rely on unhealthy ways to cope with your feelings? Do you feel disconnected from your emotions or have difficulty identifying what your emotions are? Do your emotions impact your relationships in ways you wish they wouldn’t? The skills taught in this group can help you stay connected with your emotions while feeling like you are in control of them, instead of them controlling you.

 Click here to express interest in this Group. 

Tuesdays---2/13/18 - 4/10/18  (no group on 3/20)------FULL AND CLOSED

Facilitator(s):  Katelyn Sandoval, LMFT

This group is for people who want to explore and improve interpersonal relationships.  Group therapy is the treatment of choice for people who experience troubled relationships, low self-esteem, and difficulty trusting self and/or others. This group offers a safe environment in which to identify and explore feelings, give and receive support and feedback, practice new and healthier ways of relating to others, and feel less lonely and isolated.

Tuesdays: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

2/13/18 - 5/8/18

Intuitive Painting is a tool for beginners as well as advanced painters. It is the process of allowing your intuition to guide the brush on the canvas without planning the outcome as you break through fears or expectations and embrace yourself freely through art.

Escape from the stress and join the Intuitive Painting class!!!

Facilitator(s): Cheryl Samuelson, LMFT

 Click here to express interest in this Group.

Session I

Wednesdays 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21

Must attend all 4

Facilitator(s): Cheryl Samuelson, LMFT and Rich Zamora, Ph.D.
Session II

Wednesdays 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

 3/7, 3/14, 3/28, 4/4

Must attend all 4

Facilitator(s): Cheryl Samuelson, LMFT and Rich Zamora, Ph.D.


Session I & II  register here:


A koru, the spiral shape of the unfurling fern frond, is the natural representation of the balance between perpetual growth and stability.This workshop series offers skills in Mindfulness and Meditation, which offer the type of growth symbolized by the koru.  Beyond simply decreasing your stress, this course offers approaches and skills to help you find more satisfaction in your daily life. The course, consisting of 4 classes, is designed to help you learn mindfulness through the practice of specific skills that calm and focus your mind; and through the practice of meditation. If you are feeling pressured and stressed, or just interested in learning a new skill that can enrich your life, these classes are for you!

For more information contact Jason Cataldo at 916-278-6043 or email


Tuesdays: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  (for student athletes/coaches/trainers/etc.)

1/30/18 - 5/8/18 (no session on 2/20)  in the Athletics Center Room 2150


Thursdays 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

2/1/18 - 5/10/18      Group takes place in the CAMP office in the River Front Center


What is "Let's Talk"?

"Let's Talk" is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from Student Health & Counseling Services.

What happens at a visit to "Let's Talk?"

Appointments are first-come, first-served. The counselor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources.

How is "Let's Talk" different from meeting with a counselor at Student Health & Counseling Services?

"Let's Talk" is not formal counseling: it is a drop-in service where students can have an informal consultation with a counselor from time to time.

Who should visit "Let's Talk?"

This service is open to all Sac State students. "Let's Talk" is the best fit for students who:

  • are not sure about counseling and wonder what it's like to talk with a counselor
  • are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor
  • have a specific problem and would like someone with whom to talk it through
  • have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do


Thursdays 1:25 pm - 2:40 pm

2/15/18 - 5/3/18 

Facilitator(s): Michael Dickerson, Psy.D.

This group offers a supportive non-judgmental environment for men from all backgrounds to come together to share their experiences while receiving support and feedback from other group members. Men’s Talk is aimed to assist men as they develop insight into themselves, build their emotional intelligence, and strengthen their relationships with others. Topics will include general issues that men face such as academic and work issues, self-esteem, stress management, relationships, family issues, gender expectations, communication, and life transitions. The group is not limited to these topics and we encourage individual expression and stories.

Click here to express interest in this Group.

Wednesdays 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

 2/21/18 – 3/14/18

 Facilitator(s): Michael Dickerson, Psy. D & Lara Falkenstein, CHES

 This group offers a supportive non-judgmental environment to explore behavior changes and discuss skills to reduce harm associated with alcohol use. The group, consisting of 4 sessions, will come together to build upon and discuss the physical, psychological, emotional, financial, academic and social impacts of use. For more information contact Lara Falkenstein at 916-278-6026.

Click here to express interest in this Group.

Facilitator(s):  Cheryl Samuelson, LMFT

This is a support group for women who have experienced sexual assault or relationship abuse.  You are not alone here on campus. Group provides a  safe space where you can connect, heal and find empowerment safely. 

Time & location of the group are confidential. Please contact us for details.

Click here to express interest in this Group.

Wednesdays  2/7/18 - 4/11/18   (no group on 2/21 or 3/21)------FULL AND CLOSED

Facilitator(s):  Katelyn Sandoval, LMFT

This group will provide a safe space for graduate level students in the helping professions to process challenges related to emerging in the field. The group will focus on self care practices, boundary setting and ways to recognize and minimize compassion fatigue. Additional topics may be integrated based on the needs of participants.


Wednesdays 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

4/4/18 - 5/9/18

Facilitator(s):  Cheryl Samuelson, LMFT 

  Click here to express interest in this Group.

Tuesdays: 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm-------FULL AND CLOSED

2/6/18 - 5/8/18

Facilitator(s):  Megan Patterson-Kirnon, LMFT & Becca Thompson, PhD

This group is open to women from all backgrounds who want to improve their self-esteem and enhance their relationships. It is a safe place to talk about whatever concerns you, including self-worth, relationship problems, identity, family issues, and body image. This is a wonderful opportunity to have fun, laugh, and experience the wisdom, camaraderie and compassion of other women.

 Click here to express interest in this Group.