Groups & Workshops

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.


  • ACT: What to do with Difficult Thoughts and Emotions?

    Wednesdays: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

    2/15/17 - 4/19/17 (NO GROUP ON 3/22 DUE TO SPRING BREAK)

    Facilitator(s): Megan Patterson-Kirnon, LMFT

    Based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), this is an experiential group that considers how difficult thoughts and emotions can impact our ability to do things that are important to us. When we try to get rid of these thoughts and feelings, they tend to become more powerful and intrusive. This group focuses on ways to give our thoughts and emotions less power and emphasizes living in accordance with our values.

    Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • Anxiety Management
    Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
    2/14/17 - 3/7/17
    Facilitator(s): Darren Smith, PsyD
    Mondays and Wednesdays: 8:30 am - 9:45 am
    3/6/17 - 4/3/17
    Facilitator(s): Darren Smith, PsyD
    Wednesdays and Fridays: 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
    4/13/17 - 5/36/17
    Facilitator(s): Darren Smith, PsyD

    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.

    These Workshops are now CLOSED!
  • Coping with Loss

    Tuesdays: 5:00pm - 6:15pm

    2/28/17 - 5/9/17 (This is an open group 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.


  • DBT: Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance

    Mondays: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    2/13/17 - 4/24/17 (NO GROUP ON 3/20 DUE TO SPRING BREAK)

    Facilitator(s): Megan Patterson-Kirnon, LMFT

    This is a skills based group that will focus on understanding, managing, and tolerating emotions. Further, the group will 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.

    Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • Dynamic Self
    Session I
    Thursdays: 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
    2/9/17 - 5/11/17
    Facilitator(s):Becca Thompson, Ph.D. & Rich Zamora, Ph.D.
    Session II (This Session is Now CLOSED)
    Mondays: 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
    2/20/17 - 4/3/17
    Facilitator(s): Cheryl Samuelson, LMFT & Michael Dickerson, 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.

    Click here to express interest in this Group.


  • Emotional Wellness

    Wednesdays: 1:00pm - 2:15pm

    4/12/17 - 5/10/17

    Facilitator(s): Cheryl Samuelson, LMFT

    This short-term therapy support group is a space where students will be provided support and practical skills for managing lifestyle, academic, and emotional stressors. This groups aims to support living more purposefully and effectively. 

    Click here to express interest in this Group.
  • KORU Mindfulness
    Session I (This Session is now Closed)
    Thursdays 10:30 am - 11:45 am 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/30
    Facilitator(s): Katie Hodgson, LCSW & Jason Cataldo, LMFT
    Session II
    Facilitator(s): TBD

    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!  This group will meet in the The COVE--1st Floor of the WELL

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

    Click here to express interest in this Group.
  • Lavender Connection

    Days/Time: Thursdays 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    2/2/17 - 5/18/17

    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! Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • Let's Talk
    Held in The Riverfront Center (CAMP Office).  Thursdays:   12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    2/9/17 - 5/11/17

    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. Counselors hold walk-in hours at the Union on weekdays. There is no appointment or fee necessary.

    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?

    Counselors at Student Health & Counseling Services provide ongoing counseling, which usually consists of a handful of weekly or bi-weekly 45-50 minute appointments. "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

    Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • Men's Talk

    Thursdays: 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

    3/16/17 - 5/4/17

    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.
  • SAFE:  Surviving Assault, Finding Empowerment

    Facilitator(s):  Cheryl Samuelson, LMFT & Katie Hodgson, LCSW

    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.  For more information contact Katie Hodgson at 916-278-2618.

    Click here to express interest in this Group.
  • Self Care for Emerging Helping Professionals

    Tuesdays:  2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

    2/21/17 - 3/28/17

    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.


  • Women's Empowerment

    Fridays:  2/3/17 - 5/12/17 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Facilitator(s):  Megan Patterson-Kirnon, MFTi & 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.


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