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.
Session I - CLOSED Tuesdays: 9/29/15 - 11/17/15 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm Facilitator(s): Darren Smith, PsyD & Jason Cataldo, LMFT Session II - CLOSED Wednesdays: 10/14/15 - 12/9/15 | 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm Facilitator(s): Darren Smith, PsyD & Katelyn Sandoval, MFTI
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, Both Sessions of this Group is now Full.
Session I Mondays: 9/28/15 - 10/19/15 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Facilitator(s): Gloria Petruzzelli, PsyD & Alissa Melendez, PsyD Session II Thursdays: 10/29/15 - 11/19/15 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am 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 Gloria Petruzzelli at 916-278-5414, or Click here to express interest in this Group.
Wednesdays: 9/23/15 - 11/4/15 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Facilitator(s): Karen Durst, PhD & Katelyn Sandoval, MFTI
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 Click here to express interest in this Group.
Session I Fridays: 10/16/15 - 11/6/15 | 10:30 am - 11:45 am Facilitator(s): Gloria Petruzzelli, PsyD & Jason Cataldo, LMFT Session II Tuesdays: 10/20/15 - 11/10/15 | 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm Facilitator(s): Jennifer Burton, MS, CHES & Katie Hodgson, LCSW
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 Gloria Petruzzelli at 916-278-5414, Session II contact Jennifer Burton at 916-278-2749, or Click here to express interest in this Group.
Monday - Friday | 1:00 pm - 3:00 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
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 Click here to express interest in this Group.
Women of Color Collective
Thursdays: 10/1/15 - 12/10/15 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Gloria Petruzzelli, PsyD, Alissa Melendez, PsyD & Sonya Virdi, PhD
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.
Mondays: 9/14/15 - 12/7/15 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 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.
Wednesdays: 11/18/15 - 12/16/15 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Facilitator(s): Karen Durst, PhD, & Alissa Melendez, PsyD
Are you experiencing symptoms of depression or wanting to connect more with others? This supportive group assists students with understanding depression and finding simple ways to uncover happiness. For more information contact Karen Durst at 916-278-4988, or Click here to express interest in this Group.
Understanding Self and Others
Session I Thursdays: 9/17/15 - 12/10/15 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Facilitator(s): Becca Thompson, PhD & Katelyn Sandoval, MFTI Session II - CLOSED Tuesdays: 9/29/15 - 11/17/15 | 10:30 am - 12:00 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 Session I contact Becca Thompson at 916-278-7357, Session II contact Darren Smith at 916-278-7356, or Click here to express interest in this Group.