Groups are a great way for students to connect with peers, learn new skills and strategies, and grow both emotionally and educationally!  

We offer numerous types of groups that get students interacting and connecting to help each other. 

Groups are often the most effective way to

  • gain support and encouragement from others;
  • learn how you are perceived by others;
  • gain specific skills to improve your life;
  • develop relationship skills.

Ground rules, including confidentiality, are typically established with group members to help promote trust. For most benefit, consistent attendance is strongly encouraged. Read Debunking Myths about Group Therapy to learn more about how group works. 

Call 408-924-5910 to sign up!  


                                      Fall 2019 Groups

                                                   Coming Soon! 


RIO Workshop                                                                                 Multiple Times and Days

Recognition, Insight, Openness (RIO) focuses on building skills and creating flexibility in how you respond to distress. The three sessions are divided into content that builds upon itself.  The sessions include modules dedicated to: (1) helping you gain a deeper understanding of your concerns, (2) creating flexibility in how you view and approach these issues, and (3) helping you take steps toward living with a wide range of emotions. By the end of the workshop, you will have a better sense of your personal values and how you want to focus your energy. 


RIO 1 (2/5~2/19): Karisman (Mondays | 3-4 pm)

RIO 2 (2/13~2/27): Colleen & Michael (Tuesdays | 11 am-12 pm)

RIO 3 (2/28~3/14): Stephanie & Richard E (Wednesdays | 4-5 pm)

RIO 4 (3/5~3/19): Minji & Elena (Mondays | 2:30-3:30 pm)

RIO 5 (4/4~4/18): Alex & Akanksha (Wednesdays | 2-3 pm)

RIO 6 (4/20~5/4): Megan & Amanda M (Fridays | 2-3 pm)

RIO 7 (4/26~5/10): Yu-Ping (Thursdays | 4-5 pm)

Support Groups


International Circle                                                                                                                 

This group is a support group for international undergraduate and graduate students to connect with one another, provide support, discuss common challenges, learn information about the U.S., and practice English. As a group we will decide on various topics to cover and help one another adjust better to the U.S. and the SJSU community. Facilitators: Minji

LGBTQ Plus Discussion Group (PRIDE Center)                                                         

Join us in a safe, affirming space to connect with people in the LGBTQQIA community and discuss various themes and topics. Topics include navigating relationships, family dynamics, religion/spirituality, discrimination, questioning, identities, intersectionality, coming out, having fun, and many more. This is a drop in group, so come by any Tuesday afternoon throughout the semester. Facilitators: Leilani

MEN: Meaningful Explorations and Networking                                                         

This group provides an opportunity for men to talk about issues they commonly face while receiving support and feedback from other men. A safe, confidential space will be provided to allow members to explore topics in-depth, with the goal of increasing self-awareness and life satisfaction. No drop-ins. Facilitators: Karisman 

Women’s Group                                                                                                                       

A supportive environment for women to talk, explore and grow. Topics can include stress, balance, relationships, school, work, identity, self esteem/confidence, body image, culture and many many more. No drop-ins. Facilitator: Colleen

Mindful Living and Coping Skills


CALM (Calming Anxiety and Living Mindfully)                                                       

Feeling a bit stressed, worried, or more anxious lately? If so, join us for our workshop series. Students will gain valuable skills to understand their anxiety, calm their mind and body, and learn how to develop a healthy lifestyle to manage anxiety. Facilitators: David   

Mindfulness for Depression                                                                                             

Come learn new skills to cope with and prevent future depressive symptoms during the 8-week long group. Through mindful awareness, we will learn how to shift our relationship to the thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations that contribute to depressive symptoms. No drop-ins. Facilitators: Yu-Ping

Mindfulness  Workshop                                                                                              

Interested in learning about new ways to relax and live in the present moment? During this weekly workshop series, come learn about mindfulness meditation, self-care practices, and ways to appreciate the here and now through step-by-step instruction, education and live practice. Facilitators: Alex

Resiliency Drop-in Consultation Group                                                            

Drop by on Thursday afternoons to consult and learn skills and strengths to get through the challenging periods in your life, in a safe, supportive, learning group environment. Topics may include: Stress and anxiety management; factors to increase resilience; recognizing and developing self-efficacy, motivation, and strengths; self-care, and etc. Facilitator: Ellen

Substance Abuse and Change: Create Mindful Habits                                               

Are you struggling with a habit that is addictive and interfering with your life? Substance use and abuse can be difficult but, you can find new ways to cope with stressful times in your life. Please join us for a 4 week workshop series to discover new ways to be responsible for your behavior with acceptance and without judgment. Abstinence is not required. This is not a 12-step group. Facilitators: Megan

Understanding Sensitivity                                                                                                    

Do you get overwhelmed easily? Are you sensitive to sounds, fabrics, or scents? Do you pick up on other people’s emotions easily? Have others said that you are “too sensitive”? You may be a Highly Sensitive Person! This 6-week workshop is a safe and comfortable place to talk about our experiences and connect with other sensitive people. We will use creative methods like coloring and paints to understand our sensitivity, learn coping strategies, and explore the many benefits of sensitivity! Facilitator: Sarah

Wise Mind                                                                                                                                 

Want to learn new skills for coping with difficult emotions, tolerating distress, and managing your relationships? This 6 week group focuses on approaches and techniques to be more effective in these important areas of your life. New coping skills will be taught each week! No drop-ins. Facilitators: Claire

Interpersonal Groups


Understanding Self and Others                                                                                           

Members build relationships, become more aware of how they interact with others, and learn how to cope more effectively with interpersonal challenges in a safe, supportive environment. No drop-ins. Facilitators: Claire