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 - GROUP IS FULL
    Tuesdays: 10/11/16 - 11/22/16 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
    Facilitator(s): Darren Smith, PsyD
    Session II - GROUP IS FULL
    Wednesdays: 10/26/16 - 12/14/16 | 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
    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.

  • Coping with Loss

    Thursdays: 9/29/16 - 12/8/16  |  3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

    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: Interpersonal Effectiveness

    Thursdays: 9/29/16 - 11/17/16 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Facilitator(s):  Becca Thompson, Ph.D

    This skills based group is for students who want to learn how to be effective in interpersonal relationships, so that their interactions with others will have outcomes they want. This group will teach participants how to be effective at achieving their own goals without alienating other people or losing their self respect. Interpersonal effectiveness skills are also necessary for strengthening current relationships and for finding and building new relationships.   For more information contact Becca Thompson at 916-278-7357.

    Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • Dynamic Self

    Tuesdays: 10/18/16 - 12/6/16 | 1:00 pm - 2:15 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 Darren Smith at 916-278-7356.

    Click here to express interest in this Group.


  • Emotional Wellness

    Facilitator(s): TBD

    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:  TBD.

  • Healthy Relationships

    Wednesdays: 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

    10/12/16 - 11/16/16

    Facilitator(s): Cheryl Samuelson, LMFT

    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:  TBD

    Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • Intuitive Eating

    Tuesdays: 10/25/16 - 11/22/16 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    Facilitator(s): Becca Thompson, Ph.D. and Jennifer Campbell, MAS, RD

    This group is for students interested in improving their relationship with food, and learning to appreciate and take care of their body. Topics include intuitive eating, healthy physical activity, body acceptance, and managing emotions without using food.

    Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • KORU Mindfulness
    Session I
    Mondays 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7
    Facilitator(s): Jennifer Burton, MS, CHES & Gloria Petruzzelli, PsyD
    Session II
    Thursdays 10:30 am - 11:45 am 10/27,11/3, 11/10, 11/17
    Facilitator(s): Katie Hodgson, LCSW & Jason Cataldo, LMFT
    KORU Retreat
    Friday 12/2/16 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Facilitator(s): Jason Cataldo, LMFT & Katie Hodgson, LCSW
    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 Wellness HUB in the University Union.  For more information on Session I contact Gloria Petruzzelli at 916-278-5414--- for Session II Jason Cataldo at 916-278-6043, or Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • Lavender Connection

    Days/Time: Thursdays 12:00pm - 1:20 pm

    Wellness HUB, University Union

    Facilitator(s): Richard 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

    Days/Times TBD |  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.
  • Managing An Athletic Injury Support Group (DIV I Athletes Only)

    Days/Dates: Fridays 9/16/16 - 12/9/16 (Does not meet on holidays)

    Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

    Location: Athletic Center, Room 2250

    Facilitator(s):Gloria Petruzzelli, Psy.D.

    This group is for all DIVISION I student athletes managing an athletic injury. This confidential support group will allow students to discuss and learn ways to cope with challenging situations that arise from being injured, such as disappointment from not being able to play, feeling like an outsider among your teammates, challenging rehabs, etc. This group also helps athletes maintain contact with other students who can relate as you recover from your injury. For more information call: 916-278-5414 or Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • Men's Talk

    Wednesdays: 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

    10/19/16 - 12/7/16

    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):  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.
  • Uncovering Happiness

    Tuesdays:  10/4/16 - 11/22/16 | 10:15 am - 11:30 am

    Facilitator(s):  Katelyn Sandoval, MFTi

    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 Katelyn Sandoval at

    Click here to express interest in this Group.


  • Women's Empowerment

    Mondays:  9/19/16 - 12/5/16 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm      GROUP IS NOW FULL

    Facilitator(s):  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.  For more information contact Becca Thompson at 916-278-7357.

    Click here to express interest in this Group.


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