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.

 

  • Anxiety Management
    Session I - CLOSED
    Thursdays: 2/11/16 - 3/17/16 | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
    Facilitator(s): Katelyn Sandoval, MFTI
    Session II - CLOSED
    Tuesdays: 3/8/16 - 5/3/16 | 9:30 am - 10:45 am
    Facilitator(s): Darren Smith, PsyD & Alyssa Melendez, 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, This GROUP is now CLOSED.

  • Coping with Loss

    Tuesdays: 2/2/16 - 4/30/16  |  3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

    Facilitator(s):  Jason Cataldo, MFT & Katie Hodgson, LCSW

    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.  This group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays.  For more information call Jason Cataldo at 916-278-6043, or Click here to express interest in this Group.

    This Group is held in The Wellness Hub on the first floor of the Union.
  • Dream Connection

    Thursdays: 2/11, 3/10, 4/7 & 5/5/16  |  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Facilitator(s):  Alissa Melendez, PsyD

    This support group provides a safe and supportive environment for students to engage in productive dialogue about the added challenges faced by being an undocumented student or student from a mixed-status family .  This group will meet in the Miwok Room, 3rd floor of the University Union.  For more information contact Alissa Melendez at [email protected], or Click here to express interest in this Group.

    This group is led in conjunction with the Dreamer Resource Center.

  • Dynamic Self
    Session I
    Thursdays: 2/18/16 - 5/5/16 | 10:00 am - 11:15 pm
    Facilitator(s): Gloria Petruzzelli, PsyD & Katelyn Sandoval, MFTI
    Session II
    Tuesdays: 3/8/16 - 5/17/16 | 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
    Facilitator(s): Darren Smith, PsyD & Katie Hodgson, LCSW

    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.  For more information contact Gloria Petruzzelli at 916-278-5414 for Session I and Darren Smith at 916-278-7356 for Session II, or Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • Emotional Wellness

    Thursdays: 4/15/16 - 5/13/16 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm *CLOSED*

    Facilitator(s): Gloria Petruzzelli, PsyD & Jason Cataldo, 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. The group will run once per week for 4 weeks.  For more information contact Darren Smith at 916-278-7356 for Session I and Gloria Petruzzelli at 916-278-5414 for Session II, or This Group is now CLOSED.

  • Healthy Relationships

    Wednesdays: 2/10/16 - 3/16/16  |  12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

    Facilitator(s):  Karen Durst, PhD

    Are you looking for more meaningful connections?  Do you struggle to get your needs met in a relationship or find yourself wishing you had more friends?  This group provides support and growth for students who want to enhance their relationships, friendships, and connections with others.  For more information call Karen Durst at 916-278-4988, or THIS SESSION IS NOT FULL/CLOSED

  • KORU Mindfulness
    Session I
    Tuesdays: 2/23/16 - 3/15/16 | 10:30 am - 11:45 pm
    Facilitator(s): Jennifer Burton, MS, CHES & Katie Hodgson, LCSW
    Session II
    Thursdays: 4/7/16 - 4/28/16 | 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
    Facilitator(s): Gloria Petruzzelli, PsyD & Jennifer Burton, MS, CHES
    Session III
    Mondays: 4/25/16 - 5/16/16 | 11:15 am - 12:30 pm
    Facilitator(s): Jason Cataldo, LMFT & Katie Hodgson, LCSW
    Session IV
    Fridays: 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11 | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm - CLOSED
    Facilitator(s): Gloria Petruzzelli, PsyD & Jason Cataldo, LMFT

    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 Wellness HUB in the University Union.  For more information Session I contact Jennifer Burton at 916-278-2749; Gloria Petruzzelli at 916-278-5414, Session II and IV (Session IV will meet in the Sutter Hall Recreation Room) Gloria Petruzzelli, 916-278-5414; Session III Jason Cataldo at 916-278-6043, or Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • Let's Talk

    Monday |  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm  |  Wellness HUB, University Union

    Thursday |  10:00 am - 12:00 pm  |  Wellness HUB, University Union

    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
    Held in The Wellness Hub in the University Union, 1st floor.  Days/Hours TBD; hours are subject to change.
  • LGBTQQIA Support Group

    Thursdays 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Facilitator(s): Becca Thompson, PhD & Sonya Virdi, PhD

    The Support Group meets in The Wellness Hub on the 1st floor of the Union. For more information contact Becca Thompson at 916-278-7357, or Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • Men Talk - CLOSED

    Mondays: 2/22/16 - 4/18/16  |  10:00 am - 11:15 am

    Facilitator(s): Darren Smith, PsyD & Alissa Melendez, PsyD

    This group offers a supportive environment for men from all backgrounds to come together and learn from each other. Men Talk is aimed to assist men as they develop insight into themselves, build their emotional intelligence, and strengthen their relationships with others. Topics include academic and work issues, self-esteem, stress management, relationship and family issues, gender expectations, communication, and life transitions.  For more information contact Darren Smith at 916-278-7356, or This Group is CLOSED.

  • The Mindful Life

    Wednesdays: 4/4/16 - 5/2/16  |  1:30 pm - 2:30 pm *CLOSED*

    Facilitator(s): Gloria Petruzzelli, PsyD

    Students will learn about mindfulness, the science behind mindfulness and practical ways to incorporate mindfulness into their daily life.  For more information contact Gloria Petruzzelli at 916-278-5414, or Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • SAFE:  Surviving Assault, Finding Empowerment

    Facilitator(s):  Katie Hodgson, LCSW & Alissa Melendez, PsyD

    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 Alissa Melendez at 916-278-3602, or This Group is now CLOSED.

  • Stress Less

    Facilitator(s):  Gloria Petruzzelli, PsyD

    Student will learn practical stress management tips for life and school.  For more information contact Gloria Petruzzelli at 916-278-5414, or This Group is now CLOSED.

  • Women of Color Collective

    Wednesdays:  2/3/16 - 5/4/16 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Facilitator(s):  Gloria Petruzzelli, PsyD

    This group is open to female students from U.S. ethnic groups (e.g., Latina/Hispanic, Asian American, African American, Native American, etc.) and other countries to explore, process, and support each other in a safe space. This group also helps members consider the impact of identity intersections on developmental, identity (e.g., sexual orientation, gender, religion, class, citizenship status, etc.), and transnational (e.g., migration, documentation, acculturation) concerns. Let’s create community and learn about ourselves!  For more information contact Gloria Petruzzelli at 916-278-5414, or Click here to express interest in this Group.

    This Group is held in The Wellness Hub on the first floor of the Union.
  • Women's Empowerment

    Mondays:  2/8/16 - 5/16/16 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    Facilitator(s):  Becca Thompson, PhD, & Sonya Virdi, 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.  For more information contact Becca Thompson at 916-278-7357, or Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • Uncovering Happiness

    Wednesdays:  3/30/16 - 5/11/16 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

    Facilitator(s):  Karen Durst, PhD

    Are you experiencing symptoms of depression or wanting to connect more with others? This supportive group assists students with understanding depression and finding ways to uncover happiness.  For more information contact Karen Durst at 916-278-4988, or Click here to express interest in this Group.

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