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.

Session I:  Tuesdays 2/20/18 - 4/17/18       10:00 am - 11:15 am

Session II:  Mondays 4/16/18 - 5/9/18         1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Times TBD

Facilitator(s): Darren Smith, Psy.D.

Anxiety can be intrusive, limiting, & exhausting! Some people feel socially anxious, others may have panic attacks, some of us are “worriers.” Regardless of how you experience anxiety, this group will  arm you with skills to get it under control. For more information contact Darren Smith at 916-278-7356.

 Click here to express interest in this Group. 

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.

Days/Times TBD

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

This is a skills based group that will focus on understanding, managing, and tolerating emotions.  Further, we’ll discuss the function of emotions, what makes it hard to regulate them, and ways to not only cope with them but also build positive experiences with them.  This is an open group that you can attend part-way through the semester, space permitting.

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 Days/Times TBD


 Facilitators:  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.

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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: Cheryl Samuelson, LMFT

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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

Mondays 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

 3/5, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2

Must attend all 4

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


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

  Click here to express interest in this Group.

Thursdays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

2/8/18 - 5/10/18

Facilitator(s): Rich Zamora, Ph.D.

This is a support and process group for undergraduate and graduate students who are looking for a safe and confidential space to discuss experiences related to sexual and gender identity. The group will provide a supportive and affirming environment where students can share common experiences and increase their sense of understanding regarding their own gender identity, sexual identity, relationships with others, and sense of empowerment. Areas of focus may include the influence of cultural background and ethnic identity, fostering self-acceptance, stress management, coping skills, coming out to yourself & others, dating, spirituality, campus climate, and family relationships. All identities within the LGBTQ spectrum including those questioning are welcome!

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Thursdays 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

2/1/18 - 5/10/18

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

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Thursdays 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

2/15/18 - 5/3/18 

Facilitator(s): Michael Dickerson, Psy.D.& Darren Smith, 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.

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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.

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Days/Times TBD

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.

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Wednesdays 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

4/4/18 - 5/9/18

Facilitator(s):  Cheryl Samuelson, LMFT 

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Fridays: 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

2/9/18 - 5/11/18

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

Surviving Your Family is for students who grew up in families that struggled with addiction, mental illness, or other challenging issues/dynamics. This group also offers a safe and nonjudgmental space where you can identify and process feelings, explore how past experiences impact you now, and experience the compassion of people who understand.

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Tuesdays: 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

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.

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