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. 

Register below for Group Workshop Series with Registrations.

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


Fall 2021 Groups


Group Workshop Series w/ Registrations


RIO Series 2

Date(s): Monday, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PT)

Facilitators: Karisman Roberts-Douglass, Psy.D. and Lauren Yang, M.A. 

Instead of a traditional psychotherapy group, Recognition, Insight, Openness (RIO) is a 3-week, curriculum-driven workshop. RIO is designed to help students gain insight into their concerns, develop a clear sense of what they would like to change in their lives, and identify tools and concrete strategies to reduce feelings of stress and improve emotional functioning.

Register for workshop


LGBTQ+ Discussion Space

Date: Weekly on Tuesdays, Starting Sept. 14

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (PT) 

Facilitators: Leilani Shields, Psy.D & Lianzhe Zheng, M.Ed.

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. Group for LGBTQ+ identified students (no allies, please). Students are welcome to attend any week that works for them, without commitment. 

Meeting Link 


Broaden the Window: Mindfulness & Stress Resilience 

Date: Weekly on Wednesdays, Starting Sept. 22

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PT) 

Facilitators: David Sifri, M.A. & Nadeem Hasan, Psy.D.

Interested in increasing your tolerance for stress and living in the moment? During this weekly workshop series, come learn how mindfulness meditation and establishing healthy habits (sleeping, exercise, diet) can build your tolerance for stress and help you live your best life. 

Register for Workshop

After logging onto the Student Patient Portal, register under the "Group/Workshop". For any registration issue, please contact us at 408-924-5910.


Understanding Sensitivity

Date: Weekly on Thursdays, Starting Sept. 9

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM (PT)

Facilitator: Sarah Strader-Garcia, PhD, LPCC

Do you get easily overwhelmed? Do you pick up other people's emotions easily? Are you sensitive to sounds, fabrics, or scents? Have others told you that you are "too sensitive?" You may be a highly sensitive person! Come join us in this weekly workshop where we will learn ways to cope with sensitivity, the many benefits of sensitivity, and connect with other sensitive people like you!

Please contact Sarah Strader-Garcia,PhD, LPCC at sarah.strader-garcia@sjsu.edu to be added to the email list.


Black Student Support Group

This group will provide a supportive space where Black students can come together to process and explore their experiences at SJSU, within their families and friendships, and in the broader global community. The goal will be to create an environment where students can provide and receive connection, empathy, and affirmation from those who can relate to their experience. The group will run for a total of 8 sessions beginning Wednesday, March 3rd with a week off for spring break. Drop-in group with preference for students to attend all sessions if possible.

To Be Determined


Pre-Screened Groups

The following Groups need pre-screening and/or counselor referral. To get more information about joining any of the Groups below, please talk to your counselor or call CAPS at (408) 924-5910.


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

Date: Weekly on Tuesdays, Oct. 5 to Nov. 9

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (PT) 

Facilitators: David Emmert, Psy.D. & Shikha Saggi, Ph.D.

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. Counselor referral required (no drop-ins).

If you are interested and can attend ALL 6 meetings, please inform your counselor (student will also need to be meeting with an individual counselor to be added to the group).


Connecting with Self and Others

Date: Weekly on Tuesdays, Starting Sept. 21

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (PT) 

Facilitators: Nadeem Hasan,Psy.D. and Lauren Yang, M.A.

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 required (no drop-ins).

If you are interested, please inform your CAPS counselor about a referral.


Re-Imagining Relationships

Date: Weekly on Wednesdays, Starting Sept. 29

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PT) 

Facilitators: Chelle Tran, Ph.D. & Stephanie Preston, Psy.D.

Do you want to improve your relationships, enhance communication, or learn more about relationship styles and patterns in general? This group is about relationships of all kinds (friendships, dating, romantic/sexual/intimate/emotional, platonic, crushes, family, etc.), how we draw these lines, and why we act the way we do in them. Join us in supportive conversation across a broad range of topics that will help you deepen and expand your view of relationships.

Topics may include: sex/STIs/consent, attachment styles, communication, how to embrace your “No”, non-monogamy/alternative relationships, boundaries/deal-breakers/agreements, how to better know yourself/your motivations/what you want, etc. Counselor referral or pre-screening required (no drop-ins).

Register for Workshop

After logging onto the Student Patient Portal, register under the "Group/Workshop".

This group require screenings, thus students will not be in the group until the group's facilitator/s mark as "confirmed"

For any registration issue, please contact us at 408-924-5910.


MEN: Meaningful Explorations and Networking

Date: Weekly on Tuesdays, Starting Oct. 12

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM (PT)

Facilitators: Karisman Roberts-Douglass, Psy.D & David Sifri, M.A. 

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).

Register for Workshop

After logging onto the Student Patient Portal, register under the "Group/Workshop".

This group require screenings, thus students will not be in the group until the group's facilitator/s mark as "confirmed". 

For any registration issue, please contact us at 408-924-5910.


Women’s Group 1

Date: Weekly on Thursdays, Starting Date TBA

Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (PT)

Facilitators: Colleen Johnson, Ph.D, & Shelby Pemberton, M.A.

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 required  (no drop-ins).

If you are interested, please inform your CAPS counselor about a referral.


Women’s Group 2

Date: Weekly on Fridays, Starting Date TBA

Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (PT)

Facilitator: Colleen Johnson, Ph.D.

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 required  (no drop-ins).

If you are interested, please inform your CAPS counselor about a referral.


Not Occuring:


International Circle 

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.


Mindful Habits 

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 8 week psychoeducational group to discover a new way to look at overusing substances, process using substances as the main coping/de-stressing strategy, look at your current patterns, set new goals, and eventually find new ways to cope with acceptance and without judgment. Abstinence is not required. This is not a 12-step group.

This group requires a sharing component of one's experiences in an effort to connect, learn from others and discuss new ways of coping, by signing up for this group you have acknowledged and are consenting that participation is encouraged and required as a group member. Thank you. 


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


Graduate Student Support Group

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