Therapy and Drop-in Groups

If you are interested in a particular group or wellness/support activity that you do not see listed below, please send us an email with your suggestion/s. If we get enough interest in a particular topic, we will add that group to our roster and will be in contact to let you know.

For specific workshop requests, please fill out the Outreach Request Form.



If you are interested in participating in any of our groups come to Counseling and Psychological Services to schedule an initial assessment appointment or to arrange a group consultation appointment with the group leader (if you have already had an initial assessment appointment). The group facilitator will provide you with information about the group and help to determine if it is a good "match" for you.

ACT-based Groups: These groups are based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  To learn more click HERE

ACT for Anxiety and Depression

    • Section 1 facilitated by Shannen Vong and Moe Eubank
      • Day/Time: Mon 3-4:30 pm
    • Section 2 facilitated by Kristin Smith
      • Day/Time: TBD

ACT for Depression and Anxiety is a weekly group devoted to helping students encounter depression and anxiety differently and pursue a full and meaningful life. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of therapy that helps you relate differently to your anxious feelings, depressed moods, worrying mind, and self-defeating behaviors. Acceptance refers to bringing an open and willing attitude toward all internal experiences, even those which are uncomfortable. Commitment means actively working on what you truly care about, even when pain is present. Each group session will include short educational components, group discussions, and experiential exercises. Call to arrange a 30 minute group consult with Shannen or Kristin if interested: 707-826-3236.

ACT for Depression

Facilitator: Pio Kim and Dayne Menardo  

Day/Time: Tuesdays from 3-4:30

ACT for Depression is a weekly group devoted to helping students who struggle with depression and assisting them in pursuing a fuller and more meaningful life. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of therapy that helps you relate differently to your depressed feelings, unreasonable sadness, and difficulty finding happiness. With a strong focus on depression, this group teaches students mindfulness skills, e.g., noticing internal experiences with self-compassion and developing a willingness to embrace self-in-pain. Students are encouraged to develop realistic behavioral activation plans and make a commitment to them, e.g., actively working on what they truly care about, even when depression is present. Each group session will include short educational components, mindfulness exercise, group discussions, and other experiential exercises. Call to arrange a 30 minute group consult with Pio if interested: 707-826-3236.

Audio Meditations for the ACT groups (click to listen):

Track 1: ACT Brief Mindfulness

Track 2: ACT Brief Mindfulness + Leaves on a Stream

Track 3: ACT Acceptance of Thoughts and Feelings

Track 4: ACT Willingness Exercise

Getting Unstuck (a 3-session workshop series)

Facilitator: Pio Kim

Day/Time: Thursdays 1-2 pm (new group starting every 3 weeks). Call for other upcoming start dates. 

Getting Unstuck focuses on helping you understand depressive symptoms and build skills to manage these symptoms.  The three sessions are divided into content that builds upon itself. The sessions include modules dedicated to: (1) understanding depression, (2) exploring how thoughts and behaviors impact depression, and (3) addressing how you can begin to make changes to thoughts and behaviors in order to better manage depression.  By the end of the workshop, you will have your own individualized plan for getting unstuck!  Call Pio if interested at 707-826-3236.

Grief & Loss

Facilitator: Krystal Jacob and Dayne Menardo

Day/Time: Mondays, 4-5:30 pm.  

Whether you have lost a parent, a friend, a sibling, or someone else... the loss can feel disorienting and even overwhelming. This group will provide a supportive environment in which to talk about your loss with others who are also in the process of grieving and thus understand the pain that you are going through. You don't need to go through this on your own. Call Krystal for information and/or to arrange a group consultation at 707-826-3236.

Healthy Relationships

Do you sometimes push people away or get too clingy? Do you have problems asking for what you want or saying “no” to what you don’t want to give? Do you have trouble grieving losses (such as a break-up) and moving on? Do you remain in relationships that you know are not good for you?  Do you often push your feelings aside or become overwhelmed by your emotions?  Are you interested in deepening your connections as well as figuring out what gets in your way?  This group will help you to explore and strengthen how you relate to yourself and others in a safe and supportive atmosphere. This group fills quickly-- call 707-826-3236 ASAP for a group consult if interested. Fall 2017 offerings:

    • Section 1 facilitated by Craig Beeson and Kristin Smith
      • Thursdays, 3-4:30 pm
    • Section 2 facilitated by Craig Beeson
      • Wednesdays, 3-4:30 pm

Managing Anxiety and Maximizing Wellness

Facilitator: Shane Calhoun

Day/Time: Thursdays 10:30 am -noon

Ever wonder why your anxiety doesn’t seem to go away, and why those stress management strategies you read about don’t seem to work?  Come get a better understanding of what anxiety is and how you can begin the path to becoming a calm, worry-free person.  This group draws strategies for managing stress from a number of approaches including CBT, ACT, and exposure therapy to help tailor an anxiety management plan specifically to you to help you get unstuck and living more freely.  If you are open to challenging yourself, this group is designed to help you make changes that last. If interested, call Shane to arrange a group consult at 707-826-3236.

Pathways (a 3 session workshop series)

Facilitators: Shane Calhoun 

Day/Time: Tuesdays at 4 pm.  New series starts every 4th week. 

We usually go to counseling because we have some uncomfortable thought or feeling that we do not want to have.  Most of the time we have tried a number of things to get rid of these unwanted thoughts or feelings, finding that nothing seems to work in the long run. 

Pathways consists of three 45-minute workshops that will orient you to a new way of approaching unwanted thoughts and feelings so that you can begin to work more effectively with them and make lasting changes in your life.  If interested, call Shane at 707-826-3236.

RIO: Recognition, Insight, Openness (a 3 session workshop series)

Facilitator: This group is offered throughout the semester and is facilitated by several different CAPS therapists (including Craig Beeson, Kristin Smith, Shannen Vong, Shane Calhoun, and others).

Day/Time: There are several sections of this group.  Please call and we will inform you of upcoming dates.

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.  

Survive & Thrive: A Group for Survivors of Rape and/or Sexual Abuse

Connect with others to know you are not alone. This group provides a safe, healing place to break the silence and move beyond secrecy, fear and shame.  If interested, call to arrange a group consult at 707-826-3236.

    • Section 1 facilitated by Brian McElwain and Shannen Vong
      • Day/Time: TBD (February start)

    • Section 2 facilitated by Brian McElwain and Morgan Eubank
      • Day and Time TBD (February start)

Transcendence from Suicide Support Group

Facilitator: Meghan Martinez

Day/Time: Fridays 12:30-2 pm 

Grieving a suicide is a different experience. We hope to provide a special supportive space for those who have felt this unique type of grief. This group is for anyone grieving a recent or past suicide of a family member, friend, acquaintance, or any other significant individual.  If interested, call to arrange a group consult at 707-826-3236.


With our weekly drop-in groups you may come as often as you like-- every once in a while or weekly. No need to sign up, just show up! New members are always welcome. We hope you will join us.

Asian Desi Pacific Islander Collective (ADPIC)

Facilitator: Dayne Menardo

Day/Time: Fridays 3-4 pm, Multi-cultural Center (MCC)

This group is intended to provide a space where API students can have fun, meet with other API students, learn about campus resources, and get support. All Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, or Asian International Students are invited to this support group. Social support has been shown to be the most important factor for API students' success at college according to research in the past two decades. We hope you will join us!

Alcohol & Other Drug Use Choices and Change

Facilitator: Stephanie McGrath

Day/Time/Location: Fridays 4-4:50 pm, SHC 203 (starts 1/19/18)

Support for students who are reassessing their use of alcohol and/or other drugs.  Build and maintain motivation, learn to set personal goals, gain strategies for leading a more balanced and satisfying life, and make choices that are right for you.  This is a harm reduction group which provides a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment to discuss your relationship with alcohol and drugs.  Abstinence is not required.  This is not a 12-step group.  For more information, feel free to call Stephie at 707-826-3236.

Best of You

Facilitator: Stephanie McGrath

Day/Time/Location: Wednesdays from 3-4:20 pm, Lower Library Room 22 [no meetings on 3/16 or 3/30]

Best of You is a support group which will help students improve their ability to form and maintain relationships with friends, family, and others.  Students will have the opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills while enjoying fun activities like playing games and watching videos.  Feel free to bring and eat your lunch during this group. No need to sign up, just show up! Contact Stephie at 707-826-3236 if you wish to learn more about this group!

Café con Chisme

Facilitator: Meghan Martinez

Day/Time/Location: Fridays, 2-3:30 pm, LatinX Center.  

Café con Chisme, is a social event that we use to practice self-care. The goal of the event is to provide a safe space for students to feel comfortable enough to express their feelings and thoughts about community issues, personal matters, or simply getting to know the best restaurants in town! Don’t forget to join in for a hot cup of coffee, pan dulce, and some chisme!

This discussion group is a collaborative venture with the LatinX Center.  

First Generation College Student Club

Facilitator: Krystal Jacob

Day/Time/Location: No longer active (as of 4/9/18)

This club is a collaborative venture with EOP.

One Breath

Facilitators: Dayne Menardo

Days/Times: Tuesdays 5-6

Location: NHE 120

Mindfulness practice helps us slow down, regain our balance, and take things "one breath at a time..." Interested in learning some basic meditation skills and practicing those in a small group setting? You are invited to join a group open to all members of the HSU Community-- students, staff, faculty, and administration- and all levels of experience.

International Student Support Group

Facilitator: Shannen Vong

Day/Time: Thursdays 4-5 pm 

Location: Feuerwrker House-Center for International Programs, Conference Room

Being an international student can pose unique challenges. The focus of this support group is to utilize supportive dialogue and assist international students in traversing the challenging academic, social and cultural environments involved with being an international student. Open to all international students.

Trans Support Group

Facilitator: Krystal Jacob

Fridays from 1-2 pm, NHE room 120

A group inclusive of all gender identities where people can get support, explore gender, and advocate for change on campus.

For additional information, call Krystal at 707-826-3236

Thursday Night Insight

Facilitator: Mike Bishop

Thursdays from 6-7:30 pm, at the AACAE (NHE 206)-- Note the schedule change from Tuesdays to Thursdays

This is an open group designed to provide students with the opportunity to discuss and share their experiences as students in the African American community, as well as on campus, in order to develop continued support and unity. This discussion group emphasizing confidentiality, positive regard, and respect for all. 

This dicsussion group is a collaborative venture with the AACAE.

Womyn of Color Support Group

Facilitator: Shannen Vong

Day/Time: Wednesdays 5-6 pm

Location: MCC Vine Deloria Room

The Multicultural Center (MCC) and CAPS have partnered to provide a weekly support group for Womyn of Color.  The focus of the group is to provide a safe space and supportive atmosphere where womyn of diverse backgrounds can engage in open discussions related to their experiences on campus, challenges, and concerns about local and/or national issues.  This group is also an opportunity to network and meet other Womyn of Color on campus.  Topics include but are not limited to: academics, relationships, racism, values, etc. For more information, feel free to contact Shannen at 707-826-3236