Groups

Groups are a great way for you 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 [pdf] to learn more about how group works. 

Call 408-924-5910 to sign up for Groups!  

Register below for Group Workshop Series with Registrations.

Currently, all of our groups are provided remotely through Zoom. 


Fall 2020 Groups


Group Workshop Series w/ Registrations

RIO Workshop Series

Meets 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 Series 2

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Facilitator: Alexandria Gerrick and Heidi (Mei Tak) Li

Register for Session 1 on Tuesday 10/13/2020

Register for Session 2 on Tuesday 10/20/2020

Register for Session 3 on Tuesday 10/27/2020


RIO Series 3

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Facilitator: Karisman Roberts-Douglass and Angela Horng

Register for Session 1 on Wednesday 10/28/2020

Register for Session 2 on Wednesday 11/4/2020

Register for Session 3 on Wednesday 11/18/2020


Mindfulness Meditation Workshop Series

Meets Wednesday, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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 practices. Drop-in group with preference for students to attend all sessions.

Facilitator: Alexandria Gerrick and Karin Voelker 

Register for Wednesday, 10/07/2020

Register for Wednesday, 10/14/2020

Register for Wednesday, 10/21/2020

Register for Wednesday, 10/28/2020

Register for Wednesday, 11/04/2020

Register for Wednesday, 11/11/2020

Register for Wednesday, 11/25/2020

Register for Wednesday, 12/02/2020

Register for Wednesday, 12/09/2020


Groups

International Circle

Not running Fall 2020

The group will be a supportive space where members can get to know one another, practice English for those who would like to do so, learn about cultural adjustment and challenges, learn ways to manage stress, and learn about different cultures. We will also most likely ask members (and group leaders) to rotate on bringing different cultural snacks! Please note to try not to advertise it as a clinical group to help with stigma reduction (it is a support group). No drop-ins

Facilitator: Minji Yang


Graduate Student Support Group

Thursdays (starting 10/15), 11:00AM-12:00PM

Graduate student support group for students to check in and get support from one another about their graduate school process.

Facilitators: Minji Yang, Heidi Mei Tak Li


LGBTQ Plus Discussion Group 

Tuesdays, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

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. Drop-in group for LGBTQ-Plus identified students (no allies, please).

Facilitator: Leilani Shields


MEN: Meaningful Explorations and Networking

Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

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. Counselor referral or pre-screening required (no drop-ins).

Facilitator: Karisman Roberts-Douglass


Women’s Group

Mondays, 3:00 - 4:30pm and Fridays, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

A supportive environment for women to talk, explore and grow. Topics can include stress, mental health, wellness, balance, relationships, school, work, identity, self esteem/ confidence, body image, culture and many many more. Counselor referral or pre-screening required (no drop-ins).

Facilitator: Colleen Johnson


Women’s Drop In Support and Coping Discussion Group

Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

A safe place to come share, listen, give/receive feedback and support, learn coping techniques and stress management.

Facilitator: Colleen Johnson


C.A.L.M. (Calming Anxiety and Living Mindfully)

Meets Tuesdays, 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

C.A.L.M is designed to help you effectively manage anxiety, reduce limitations, and increase awareness, insight, and self-compassion. This program will be held for 6 consecutive weeks (9/10-10/15). Counselor referral or pre-screening required (no drop-ins).

Facilitator: David Emmert


Understanding Sensitivity

Meets Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:50 p.m. (10/1-12/3)

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 (10/3-11/7) 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! Drop-in group for students that are Highly Sensitive People.

Please contact Sarah Strader-Garcia, PhD, LPCC to be added to the email list: sarah.strader-garcia@sjsu.edu. A Zoom link will be sent out to those on the email list

Facilitator: Sarah Strader-Garcia


Understanding Self and Others

Meets Tuesdays, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

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. Counselor referral or pre-screening required (no drop-ins).

Facilitator: Nadeem Hasan


Mindful Habits

Not running Fall 2020

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 6 week (10/2-11/6) workshop series to discover a new way to look at addiction, look at your current patterns, set new goals, and eventually find new ways to be responsible for your behavior with acceptance and without judgment. Abstinence is not required. This is not a 12-step group. No drop-ins. Counselor referral or pre-screening required (no drop-ins).

Facilitator: Megan Turner-Cabrera


Wise Mind

Not running Fall 2020

Want to learn new skills for coping with difficult emotions, tolerating distress, and managing your relationships? This 6-week (10/2-11/6) 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! Counselor referral or pre-screening required (no drop-ins).

Facilitator: