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 for Anxiety and Depression 

Facilitators: Daniel Gautreau & Larry Soll

Day/Time: Wednesdays 1 to 2:30 pm (starting 2/6)

ACT for Depression and Anxiety is a 7-week 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. To learn more about ACT, click HERE.  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 one of the facilitators 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

Defense against Distorted Thoughts

Facilitator: Lisa Turay

Day/Time: Mondays 9:30-11 am at BSS

This is a 1 month (4 session) structured group where you can learn tools to better manage anxiety and depression.  Call Lisa Turay at 826-3921 with any questions.

Grief & Loss

Facilitator: Paula Nedelcoff and Lindsay Dwelley Russ

Day/Time: Wednesdays 3:30-5 pm (starting 1/23)

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 for information and/or to arrange a group consultation at 707-826-3236.

Managing Anxiety and Maximizing Wellness

Section 1 Facilitators: Shane Calhoun & Zahra Shine

Day/Time: Mondays 10:30 am-noon (starting 1/28)

Section 2 Facilitators: Shane Calhoun & Tai Parker

Day/Time: Tuesdays: 10:30-noon (starting 1/29)

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.

 Mental Health Toolbox (a 3 session workshop series)

Facilitator: This group is offered throughout the semester and is facilitated by several different CAPS therapists 

Day/Time: There are several sections of this group.  Please call and we will inform you of upcoming start dates (usually within 3 weeks).

This workshop has consistently received great reviews from students.  Whether you want to learn how to work with difficult emotions, or enhance your Jedi-like mind skills, you will walk away with your own toolbox of thought exercises that will give you a better sense of your personal values and how you want to focus your energy.  Based on the "RIO" (Recognition, Insight, & Openness) workbook.  To sign up, call CAPS at 826-3236.

Post-traumatic Growth

Facilitators: Jacqueline Mayrand and James Chavers

Day/Time: Thursdays from 3-4 pm (starting 1/31)

Trauma affects us emotionally, spiritually, in our relations, and particularly, trauma affects how we feel in our bodies! This group will help you understand and identify your trauma-related responses, help you regulate impulsive and self-destructive behaviors, and modulate the highs and lows of your emotions and arousal. It will be a safe place to learn and to practice exercises that are designed to help you tolerate your own emotions and body experiences so that the past doesn’t control how you feel about the present.

Relating to Self & Others

Facilitators: Liza Aurebach & Lindsay Dwelley Russ

Day/Time: Tuesdays 3-4:30 pm (starting 2/1)

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.

Safe and Sound

Facilitators: Liza Auerbach 

Day/Time: TBD

This group provides a space for those who have or are engaging in non-suicidal self-injury to focus on their recovery and learn different coping skills.  We understand that self-injury serves a purpose for you and are dedicated to helping you find alternatives that serve the same purpose so that you can reduce and/or eliminate the need for self-injury. This is also a supportive space to talk about what you are struggling with and hear about what has been helpful to your peers (including coping with your own and other's reactions to your self-injury). Those who are further along in their recovery from self-injury are welcome to join and may provide valuable insight to those members newer in their recovery.  Group meetings will also offer practical tips and teach skills from models of recovery that research has shown to be useful in gaining and maintaining change among those who struggle with self-injury. If you have been self-injuring or are working to maintain abstinence from self-injury behavior, we want you to know you aren’t alone. There is Hope.

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

    • Section 1 facilitated by Jacqueline Mayrand and Larry Soll
      • Day/Time: Mondays 5-6:30 pm

    • Section 2 facilitated by Paula Nedelcoff and James Chavers
      • Day/Time: Tuesdays 3:30-5 pm

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.

Trauma 101 (a 3 session workshop series)

Facilitator: Elizabeth McCallion

Day/Time: Mondays 2-3 pm.  New workshops start every 3-5 weeks.

Trauma 101 is a group for students who have experienced a traumatic event and want additional tools to help them manage their trauma symptoms. The three sessions are divided into content that builds upon itself. Session 1 covers basic information about trauma, the fight/flight/freeze response, and an introduction to CBT. Session 2 focuses on strong emotions and students learn relaxation skills to practice at home. Session 3 focuses on avoidance and grounding techniques. Call Elizabeth for information and/or to arrange a group consultation 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.

Alcohol and Other Drugs Harm Reduction

Facilitator: Ned Peck & Samantha Brown

Day/Time/Location: Thursdays 5-6 pm (starting 1/24) in NHE 116

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.  You may attend this group as often as you like-- every once in a while or weekly. Contact Ned Peck LCSW at (707)826-3236 if you have questions. 

Anger... When I'm Feeling Some Type of Way

Facilitator: Cedric Aaron

Day/Time/Location: Tuesdays 1-2 pm, SHC room 223

Description to come.

Being Heard and Building Connection

Facilitators: Liza Auerbach

Day/Time/Location: TBD

This weekly drop-in group will help you learn how to support each other while exploring challenges in connecting to others, learning communication skills, and developing tools to foster relationships that work.  

Each week’s session will be in two parts: 5-5:45: Support Group, 6-6:30: Learning a New Skill.  Before coming to the Support Group for the first time, please call Liza at 707-826-3236 for a brief phone consultation. 

Best of You

Facilitator: Kelsi Guerrero  & Kelsey Young

Day/Time/Location: Tuesdays from Noon-1 pm, NHE 120

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 Kelsi at 707-826-3236 if you wish to learn more about this group!

Café con Chisme

A leaderless discussion which includes Janiel Giraldo of CAPS

Day/Time/Location: Fridays from 3-5 pm at LatinX Center (NHE 205)  

Café con Chisme is an open/drop-in meeting to sit together and enjoy a hot drink with pan dulce while discussing diverse topics that range from current events, campus issues, and personal/professional development. All the while sharing stories of health and well-being.

This discussion group is hosted by the LatinX center.  It is so much fun, CAPS wanted to be a part of it!

Depression Busters

Facilitator: Daniel Gautreau

Day/Time/Location: Mondays 3-4 pm at SHC room 223

Depression can be a tricky beast that often lures us away from the exact things that can help us feel better and live our lives more fully. Thankfully, depression has been a topic of conversation, art, and research for centuries, which has led to a lot of useful tips, tricks, and techniques. This group is a dynamic, informal, and creative place to learn effective and fun ways to beat depression and live a more vital and fulfilled life. Whether you've been feeling blue, are in a rut, or have been feeling depressed, this group is for you. 

Living Well with Chronic Illness

Facilitators: Elizabeth McCallion and Alyse LaVerne

Date/Time/Location:  2-3pm on Wednesdays from February 13th through May 8th, 2019 at SHC Rm 223

This is a group for those living with a chronic health condition such as chronic pain, diabetes, IBS/IBD, heart disease, COPD, etc. You will learn better ways to cope with your condition including goal-setting, activity pacing, and relaxation training. You will also gain support from peers dealing with similar issues. Please contact Elizabeth McCallion, Ph.D. at if you would like additional information or have any questions.

One Breath

Facilitators: Daniel Gautreau

Day/Time/Location: Weds 5-6 pm at Library 114

Mindfulness and meditation can help us take things "one breath at a time." Interested in learning some basic mindfulness meditation skills and practicing those in a supportive setting? Mindfulness meditation can help you reduce stress in your life, stabilize your mood, improve your sleep, improve your communication and relationships, treat yourself and others with more compassion, and enhance your attention, concentration, and memory. Each session consists of a supportive discussion about our mediation practices over the past week, a 20-minute guided mindfulness meditation exercise (usually a different one each week), and a discussion of how the meditation went. Students, staff, faculty, and all levels of experience are welcome.

This Romantic Relationship Thing Got Me Trippin'

Facilitator: Cedric Aaron & Paula Nedelcoff

Day/Time/Location: Wednesdays, Noon-1 pm, NHE 113

Description to come.

Tuesday Night Insight

A peer led discussion group that includes Mike Bishop and Cedric Aaron of CAPS

Day/Time: Tuesdays 5-7 pm

Location: AACAE (NHE 206)

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 discussion group is a collaborative venture with the AACAE.

Trans Support Group

Facilitator: James Chavers

Day/Time/Location: Fridays 1-2 pm at NHE 118

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

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

Veterans Support

Facilitator: Elizabeth McCallion

Day/Time/Location: Monthly on Tuesdays from Noon-1 pm (Feb 5, Mar 5, Apr 9, May 7) at the HSU Veterans Center

This is a group for HSU Veterans to gain support in navigating the unique challenges of being both a Veteran and HSU student. Please contact Elizabeth McCallion, Ph.D. at if you would like additional information or have any questions. 

Weathering the Storm

Facilitators: Liza Auerbach 

Day/Time/Location: Fridays 1:30-3 pm (starting 2/1)* in SHC Room 221

*Note: schedule a phone consult with Liza to sign up

This weekly drop-in group will help you learn how to support each other while learning, to better manage stress, process emotions, enhance reliliencey and develop adaptive coping skills. Each week’s session will be in two parts: 1:30-2:15pm; Learning a new skills (topics change each week), and 2:30pm-3:00pm solution focused support group. 

Womxn of Color Support Group

Facilitators: Tai Parker, Livey Ampudia, Janiel Giraldo

Day/Time: Wednesdays Noon-1 pm at the MCC Vine Deloria Room


A safe space for womxn of color to create community and openly engage with other womxn of color on topics related to their experiences on campus, challenges, and concerns about local and/or national issues.