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.

Tuesdays:  2:30 pm - 3:45 pm    FULL AND CLOSED

10/9/18 - 11/27/18

Facilitator: Darren Smith, Psy.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.

Mondays:  3:15 pm - 4:30 pm       FULL AND CLOSED

10/8/18 - 12/3/18

Facilitator: Darren Smith, Psy.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.

 

The Body Project is an interactive discussion group for people who identify as female focused on helping them feel better about their bodies. Participants in The Body Project learn to embrace size diversity and reduce their own body dissatisfaction by decreasing “fat talk” in their daily life, engaging in Body Activism, and embracing all of the wonderful non-appearance related aspects of themselves and others.  This group is led by Peer Body Project trained Sacramento State students.

For more information contact Jennifer Campbell, campus dietitian, at Jennifer.Campbell@csus.edu

 Participants will receive a $10 Amazon gift card.

 

 

 

Wednesdays: 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

9/19/18 - 12/5/18

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

9/27/18 - 12/6/18

Facilitator (s): 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. 

Session I:   Tuesdays 9:00 am - 10:15 am        9/18/18 - 10/9/18  

Session II:  Wednesdays 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm     10/10/18 - 10/31/18

Session III:  Thursdays 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm      11/8/18 - 12/6/18 

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!

https://thewellatsacstate.com/fitness/koru-meditation

 

Mondays: 10:30 am - 11:30 am

10/15/18 - 11/5/18 

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. 

Thursdays: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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.

Please contact facilitator for location.

 Click here to express interest in this Group. 

Wednesdays: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

9/26/18 - 12/12/18

Facilitator: Cheryl Samuelson, LMFT 

 Click here to express interest in this Group. 

Thursdays: 11:15 am - 12:30 pm      FULL AND CLOSED

9/13/18 - 12/6/18

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. 

 

Fridays:  2:00 pm - 3:30 pm     FULL AND CLOSED      

8/31/18 - 12/7/18     

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

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: 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm              

9/25/18 - 12/4/18

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.