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 

Facilitators: Stephanie McGrath & Daniel Gautreau

Day/Time: Wednesdays 10-11:30 am (starting 10/3)

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 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

Grief & Loss

Facilitator: Paula Nedelcoff and Lindsay Dwelley Russ

Day/Time: Wednesdays 3:30-5 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 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 Lindsay Dwelley Russ
      • Day/Time: Tuesdays 3-4:30 pm 
    • Section 2 TBD
      • Day/Time: TBD

Managing Anxiety and Maximizing Wellness

Facilitator: Shane Calhoun

Day/Time: Tuesdays 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 and others TBD

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

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 or our other facilitators 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 

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

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.  

Safe and Sound

Facilitators: Liza Auerbach and Daniel Gautreau

Day/Time: Tuesdays 2-3 pm (starting 10/9)

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

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 Jacqueline Mayrand and Larry Soll
      • Day/Time: Tuesdays 4:30-6

    • Section 2 is dependent on interest level.
      • Day and Time TBD 

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 & Other Drug Use Choices and Change

Facilitator: Ned Peck

Day/Time/Location: TBD (group will start in October)

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 707-826-3236.

Being Heard and Building Connection

Facilitators: Liza Auerbach and Zahra Shine

Day/Time/Location: Tuesdays 5-6:30 pm, NHE 113 (Call for phone consult with Liza before attending)

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: Stephanie McGrath & Kelsy Young

Day/Time/Location: Tuesdays 10:30 am-noon, Library room 310 

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

A peer led discussion which includes Janiel Giraldo of CAPS

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.  

Men of Color Support

Facilitators: Cedric Aaron and James Chavers

Day/Time/Location: TBD

Summary of group to come.

One Breath

Facilitators: Daniel Gautreau

Day/Time/Location: Weds 5-6 pm at NHE 113

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.

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

Thursday Night Insight

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

Day/Time: Thursdays 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.

Weathering the Storm

Facilitators: Liza Auerbach and Samantha Brown

Day/Time/Location: Fridays 1:30-3 pm at SHC (phone consult with Liza required before starting)

This weekly drop-in group will help you learn how to support each other while learning to better manage stress, process emotions, enhance resiliency, and develop adaptive coping skills.

Each week’s session will be in two parts: 1:30-2:15: Support Group, 2:30-3 pm: 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.

Womyn of Color Support Group

Facilitators: Tai Parker and Livey Ampudia

Day/Time: Mondays 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 call 707-826-3236