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.

Mondays:  10:30 am - 11:45 pm          ***FULL AND CLOSED***

2/25/19 - 4/22/19

Facilitators: Darren Smith, Psy.D. & Oscar Escobar, Ph.D.

This group will teach you fundamental coping skills for coping with your anxiety and for functioning in a healthier manner in spite of symptoms.  You will learn to correct anxiety-inducing thoughts and to apply breathing and relaxation techniques to mitigate anxiety’s physical effects.  You will also have the opportunity to connect with other people who can relate to your experiences and to share ideas and encouragement.

Tuesdays: 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

1/29/19 - 5/14/19         NO GROUP ON 2/26/19

Facilitator: Jason Cataldo, LMFT 

If you have lost a friend or 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.

 Click here to express interest in this Group. 

Thursdays: 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

2/14/19 - 5/9/19

Facilitators: Michael Dickerson, Psy.D. & Brian Yu, Ph.D.

Guys 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. Society often teaches men to hold back emotions and that revealing hardships can be a sign of weakness. This can lead men to be reluctant to find support, which can create various negative consequences. 

Guys Group assists men as they develop insight into themselves, build their emotional intelligence, and strengthen their relationships with others. Topics can include general issues that men face such as self-esteem, stress management, relationships, gender role expectations, masculinity, 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. 

Mondays: 1:00 - 2:30                      ***FULL AND CLOSED***

2/25/19 - 5/6/19

Facilitator: Brian Yu, Ph.D.

This group is for anyone who would like help establishing more desirable habits or sticking to New Year's Resolutions. The group will discuss how to set effective goals, implement structure to help facilitate behavior change, and teach psychological skills that can influence motivation and habit formation. Additionally, the group will aim to provide a supportive and nonjudgmental space where group members can voice their challenges and seek encouragement as they work toward their goals and habits.

Mondays: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

2/25/19 - 5/6/19

Facilitator: Katelyn Sandoval, LMFT

The Honors Student Support Group is open to all students currently enrolled in the Honors GE program. 

The group is a weekly drop- in support group offering a space to process current challenges with stress, school/life balance, academic performance, high expectations of self, imposter syndrome, family pressure and/or more.  All concerns are welcome, the group is designed to be flexible and meet the need of each weeks participates.  Students may attend one or all groups throughout the semester.  

For more information please feel free to contact the facilitator, Katelyn Sandoval, or drop by and try it out!

916-278-3579   or

Tuesdays: 9:30 am - 10:45 am             

2/26/19 - 4/23/19

Facilitators: Tiffany Chang, Ph.D. & Darren Smith, Psy.D.

A weekly group to connect with others and discuss experiences as international students (e.g., adjusting to life in the US, making friends, cultural/academic/social adjustment, etc.).

 Click here to express interest in this Group.

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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!


Thursdays: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm     OPEN TO NEW MEMBERS THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER

This is a peer 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.

Please contact facilitator for location.

 Click here to express interest in this Group. 

Wednesdays: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm    OPEN TO NEW MEMBERS THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER

2/13/19 - 5/15/19

Facilitator: Cheryl Samuelson, LMFT 

 Click here to express interest in this Group. 

Tuesdays: 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm     

1/29/19 - 5/7/19

Facilitator(s): Katelyn Sandoval, LMFT & Becca Thompson, Ph.D.

This  group is for students who grew up in families that struggled with addiction, mental illness, or other challenging issues/dynamics. The Moving Forward group 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. 

  Click here to express interest in this Group. 

Session I:   Fridays:  1/25/19 - 5/10/19      2:00 pm - 3:30 pm     ***SESSION I NOW FULL AND CLOSED***

Facilitator(s):  Becca Thompson, Ph.D. and Cathy Rojas, Psy.D. 



Session II:    Wednesdays: 3/6/19 - 5/29/19   3:30 pm - 4:45 pm          

Facilitator(s):  Jason Cataldo, 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.

 Click here to express interest in this Group. 

Wednesdays: 10:45 am - 12:00 pm              

2/6/19 - 5/8/19

Facilitator(s):  Courtney Hughes, LMFT & Cathy Rojas, Psy.D.

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.  

Thursdays: 3:15 - 4:30

2/28/19 - 4/25/19

Facilitators: Courtney Hughes, LMFT & Tiffany Chang, Ph.D.

This group is designed to provide a safe space for women of color to increase connections and self- empowerment, explore and share personal experiences, and build community as they navigate their unique college experiences. This group will provide a supportive environment where group members can engage in discussion and self-expression related to the challenges and complexities faced in the intersection of their identities. This is a closed process group (regular attendance is mandatory) and a pre group screening is required before joining the group.

Click here to express interest in this Group.