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
    Tuesdays: 4/7/15 - 5/12/15 | 10:15 am - 11:30 am
    Facilitator(s): Darren Smith, PsyD & Monica Hefner, MSW II
    Session II - CLOSED
    Fridays: 4/10/15 - 5/15/15 | 10:00 am - 11:15 am
    Facilitator(s): Darren Smith, PsyD & Lynne DeMartini, 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.  This Group is now CLOSED.

  • Coping with Loss

    Thursdays:  2/26/15 - 4/30/15  |  3:00 pm - 4:20 pm

    Facilitator(s):  Jason Cataldo, LMFT & Harman Sandhu, MSW II

    If you have lost a loved one, come receive & give support in a safe, nurturing space.  Group members will gain understanding of the wide variety of emotions that accompany loss & support each other through this often painful life journey.  For more information please call Jason Cataldo at 916-278-6043.  Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • Couples Therapy Group

    Mondays:  2/16/15 - 5/11/15  |  5:30 pm - 6:50 pm

    Facilitator(s):  Mick Rogers, LCSW & Miriam Yelton, MSW II

    This is a unique psychotherapy group experience for couples who desire to meet their needs for  intimacy, attachment and partnership from an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy perspective. The group is both for couples who are overcoming problems (e.g. grief, infidelity, intimacy issues) and for those who want to enhance their relationship (e.g. pre-marital, extra support during a stressful time).  For more information please call Mick Rogers at 916-278-6809.  Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • Everyday Mindfulness
    Session I - CLOSED
    Mondays: 2/9/15 - 3/16/15 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Facilitator(s): Gloria Petruzzelli, PsyD & Lynne DeMartini, MFTI
    Session II - CLOSED
    Tuesdays: 4/7/15 - 5/12/15 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Facilitator(s): Gloria Petruzzelli, PsyD & Monica Hefner, MSW II

    Do you struggle to be fully in present in your life? Do you feel that social media and technology take over your time and attention? Is multitasking getting the better of you sometimes? Then this is the group for you. Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating nonjudgmental awareness in day-to-day life. This group will introduce mindfulness meditation and teach you simple, profound practices that can decrease suffering and bring you greater balance and peace. You’ll learn tools to help you maximize your life and experience, even in the midst of stress, pain, and illness.  For more information please contact Gloria Petruzzelli at 916-278-5414.  This Group is now CLOSED.

  • Group Therapy for Therapists-in-Training

    Thursdays:  2/12/15 - 5/14/15  |  10:30 am - 11:50 am

    Facilitator(s):  Mick Rogers, LCSW & Laili McGrew, LCSW

    Are you an MSW or Masters in Counseling student seeking clinical & personal growth? This therapy group combines Yalom-style & Bowenian Family Systems Theory to optimally increase self-awareness & meet the needs of beginning therapists. This is not a clinical supervision group.  For more information call Mick Rogers at 916-278-6809.  Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • Healthy Relationships: For Women

    Fridays:  2/13/15 - 3/20/15  |  2:00 pm - 3:20 pm

    Facilitator(s):  Mick Rogers, LCSW & Kathy Guthrie, ASW

    Participants will create a supportive, creative environment where they can look at past and current romantic relationships with humor, grit & some laughter. Sisterhood & empowerment will be encouraged.  For more information call Mick Rogers at 916-278-6809.  Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • Inside Out

    Tuesdays:  2/24/15 - 4/28/15  |  3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    Facilitator(s):  Laili McGrew, LCSW & Rene' Reis, MFT

    Avoiding uncomfortable feelings or judging yourself for having feelings at all?  Arguing with others, drinking to escape, or over-reacting to situations?  This group teaches unique  ways to validate, normalize and express emotions.  For more information call Laili McGrew at 916-278-3602.  This Group is now CLOSED.

  • Lifting Your Mood & Changing Your Thoughts
    Session I - *CLOSED*
    Mondays:  3/9/15 - 5/11/15 | 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
    Facilitator(s): Rene' Reis, MFT & Miriam Yelton, MSW II
    Session II - *CLOSED*
    Thursdays: 3/12/15 - 5/7/15 | 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
    Facilitator(s): Rene' Reis, MFT & Monica Hefner, MSW II

    Group members will learn how to apply Cognitive Behavioral Theory concepts to learn alternative ways of thinking and a more hopeful outlook, which will create less stress and more contentment in your day to day activities.  For more information call Rene' Reis at 916-278-6036.  Both Group Sessions are now CLOSED.

  • LGBTQQIA Support Network

    Wednesdays:  2/18/15 - 5/6/15 (No meeting 3/25)  |  4:00 pm  |  The Cove in The WELL

    For more information please contact Rene' Reis at reisr@csus.edu.

  • LINC (Learn Inspire Nurture Connect)
    Session I
    Mondays: 2/2/15 - 5/11/15 | 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm
    Facilitator(s): Mick Rogers, LCSW & Miriam Yelton, MSW II
    Session II
    Wednesdays: 2/18/15 - 5/13/15 | 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
    Facilitator(s): Darren Smith, PsyD & Miriam Yelton, MSW II
    Session III
    Tuesdays: 4/21/15 - 5/12/15 | 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
    Facilitator(s): Katie Hodgson, ASW

    This group welcomes new members throughout the semester. New participants join in cohorts and commit to at least 4 sessions to establish trust. Group is also available semester long for students looking for ongoing group therapy. The group will; 1) teach skills to cope with anxiety, depression, and self-defeating patterns of behavior, and 2) use creativity to improve self-esteem, enhance self-awareness and identify family of origin influences.  Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • Managing Depression
    Session I (CANCELLED)
    Fridays: 2/20/15 - 3/20/15 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Facilitator(s): Gloria Petruzzelli, PsyD & Kathy Guthrie, ASW
    Session II
    Fridays: 4/3/15 - 5/15/15 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Facilitator(s):  Kathy Guthrie, ASW

    This group is designed for students experiencing symptoms of depression who want to connect with others, explore stressors, and develop new coping strategies. Through the use of both cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness techniques, group members can learn to relate differently to thoughts and emotions tied to depressive symptoms.  For more information contact Gloria Petruzzelli at 916-278-5414.  Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • Runaway Thoughts

    Wednesdays:  4/8/15 - 5/13/15  |  4:00 pm - 5:20 pm

    Facilitator(s):  Mick Rogers, LCSW & Kathy Guthrie, ASW

    Do people tell you that your persistent, OCD thoughts interfere with your relationships with partners, parents and peers?  Do you have intrusive thoughts that interfere with your academics, work life and time management? Participants will create a supportive environment where they can improve coping skills that counter these challenging thoughts and behaviors and improve relationships.  For more information call Mick Rogers at 916-278-6809.  Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • SAFE:  Surviving Assault, Finding Empowerment

    Wednesdays:  3/11/15 - 5/20/15  |  10:00 am - 11:30 am

    Facilitator(s):  Rene' Reis, MFT & Sharon Muha, PsyD

    This is a support group for women who have experienced sexual assault or relationship abuse by an intimate partner, acquaintance or stranger. Group provides a nurturing space where you can safely explore  and heal from your trauma. Please call for details& time.  For more information call Sharon Muha at 916-278-5427, option 4.  This Group is now CLOSED.

  • Shattering Stereotypes for Women

    Wednesdays:  2/18/15 - 4/15/15  |  2:00 pm - 3:20 pm

    Facilitator(s):  Laili McGrew, LCSW & Harman Sandhu, MSW II

    Do you ever compare yourself to other women in the media or women you know?  Have you ever felt “not good enough” or devalued as a female?  Do you feel that people will judge you or dislike you if you speak up? This is a safe place to explore the messages we receive as women and the impact they have on our self-esteem, relationships and bodies.  For more information call Laili McGrew at 916-278-3602.  This Group is now CLOSED.

  • Substance Use Support Group

    Fridays:  4/10/15 - 5/15/15  |  2:00 pm - 3:20 pm

    Facilitator(s):  Mick Rogers, LCSW & Kathy Guthrie, ASW

    Participants will examine their relationship with drugs and alcohol using creativity and nonjudgmental relationships based on trust to honestly explore options and strategies that set personal limits they believe will protect balance in their life. This group is based on the Harm Reduction Model; it is not an abstinence group, but will support any individual’s choice to be abstinent. Group members support one another in increasing one another's self-efficacy when it comes to making lasting change.  For more information call Mick Rogers at 916-278-6809.  Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • Stress Management

    Tuedays:  4/7/15 - 5/12/15  |  9:30 am - 10:30 am

    Facilitator(s):  Sharon Muha, PsyD & Harman Sandhu, MSW II

    Are you finding it difficult to manage stress?  Feeling physically and mentally drained by day-to-day responsibilities?  This group will  provide students with information regarding stress and the overall effect that it can have on a person’s well-being. Members will also learn useful skills to more effectively manage chronic and acute stress in order to experience more serenity in their lives.  For more information call Mick Rogers at 916-278-6809.  Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • Women in College

    Thursdays:  4/2/15 - 5/14/15  |  12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

    Facilitator(s):  Karen Durst, PhD & Lynne DeMartini, MFTI

    Women in college face many challenges including important transitions, expectations of self & others, balancing life demands, academic, career & relationships issues. This group provides support to explore these challenges faced by women and create growth.  For more information call Karen Durst at 916-278-4988.  Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • Understanding Relationships: For Men

    Wednesdays:  2/11/15 - 3/18/15  |  4:00 pm - 5:20 pm

    Facilitator(s):  Mick Rogers, LCSW & Harman Sanhu, MSW II

    Participants will create an honest, useful, creative environment to look at their past and current romantic relationships with humor, grit & some laughter. Self awareness & empowerment will be encouraged.  For more information call Mick Rogers at 916-278-6809.  Click here to express interest in this Group.

  • You're not Hearing me: Interpersonal Communication Skills

    Tuesdays:  2/10/15 - 4/7/15  |  1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

    Do you ever feel like people just don’t understand you?  Do you struggle to get your needs met in a relationship? Participants will learn and practice interpersonal skills to help enhance communication of emotions, needs and expectations within their relationships. Participants will also learn to set healthy boundaries with friends/families/peers/employers.  For more information call Jason Cataldo at 916-278-6043.  Click here to express interest in this Group.

Workshops

Reservations not required for workshops; however, space is limited.
Building Resilience
  • Wed, February 11, 2015  |  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  |  Aspen/Meadow Rooms, 2nd Floor, The WELL
  • Wed, May 20, 2015  |  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  |  Aspen/Meadow Rooms, 2nd Floor, The WELL
Goal Setting
  • Wed, February 18, 2015  |  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  |  Aspen/Meadow Rooms, 2nd Floor, The WELL
  • Wed, April 15, 2015  |  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  |  Aspen/Meadow Rooms, 2nd Floor, The WELL
How Substance Abuse Impacts Academics
  • Tue, March 17, 2015  |  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  | Aspen/Meadow Rooms, 2nd Floor, The WELL
  • Tue, April 28, 2015  |  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  |  Aspen/Meadow Rooms, 2nd Floor, The WELL
Overcoming Self-Defeating Behaviors
  • Fri, April 24, 2015  |  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  | Aspen/Meadow Rooms, 2nd Floor, The WELL
  • Wed, May 13, 2015  |  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  | Aspen/Meadow Rooms, 2nd Floor, The WELL
Talking About Mental Health
  • Fri, April 24, 2015  |  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  |  Aspen/Meadow Rooms, 2nd Floor, The WELL
  • Fri, May 8, 2015  |  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  | Aspen/Meadow Rooms, 2nd Floor, The WELL

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