Therapy Groups

If you are interested in a particular group 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 the below 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 

Section 1

Facilitator:  Andrea de Cleyre

Day/Time: Thursdays 1-2:30 pm starting 2/20/20

Section 2

FacilitatorsKate Maxey and Alyse LaVerne

Day/Time: Mondays 3-4:30 pm starting 3/23/20

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 as well as pursue a full and meaningful life.  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 care about, even when pain is present.  Each group session will include short educational components, group discussions and experiential exercises.  The ACT workshop series is 7-8 sessions. To learn more about ACT, click HERE.  

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

Facilitators: Lisa Turay and Alyse LaVerne

Day/Time: Mondays 5-6:15 pm for 6 sessions.  Two separate sections will be offered.  Start dates are 2/3/20 and 3/23/20.

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. 

Managing Anxiety and Maximizing Wellness

Facilitator: Shane Calhoun

Day/Time: Tuesdays 2:30-4 pm

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. 

Managing ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Facilitator: Shane Calhoun

Day/Time: Wednesdays 12-1 pm

Managing ADHD or attention difficulties can be tough since it is not a struggle that is outwardly apparent and because symptoms show up a bit differently for everyone.  Join us to get some support around managing your symptoms so that it doesn't interfere with your academics.  We also practice brain-training strategies to help lengthen your attention span and sharpen your focus.  No diagnosis needed!  Just give us a call and you can simply sign up to attend.

Mindful Living

Section 1

Facilitators: Elizabeth McCallion and Kate Maxey

Day/Time: Wednesdays 3-4 pm 

Section 2

Facilitator: Alyse LaVerne

Day/Time: Fridays 1-2 pm

Interested in learning some basic mindfulness meditation skills and practicing in a supportive setting? Mindfulness meditation can help reduce stress, stabilize your mood, increase compassion toward yourself and others, and enhance concentration. Each session consists of a learning a new meditation skill (breath meditation, body scan, gentle yoga, etc.) and a group discussion.  Contact Elizabeth for more information.

Mindful Living Alumni Meditation Group

Faciltator: Elizabeth McCallion

Day/Time: Fridays 1-2 pm

This group is for students who have completed the Mindful Living group at CAPS and would like to deepen their meditation practice in a supportive environment. Group will consist of a 10 minute check-in on how home practice is going, a 30 minute silent meditation, and a 20 minute group discussion. Please contact Elizabeth for more information. 

Post-traumatic Growth

Facilitators: Jacqueline Mayrand 

Day/Time: Thursdays 3-4:30 pm starting 2/13/20

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:  Andrea de Cleyre

Day/Time: Fridays 3-4:30 pm starting 2/21/20.  Additional sections TBD.

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 yourselfs and others in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

Seeking Safety (from trauma and/or harmful behaviors)

Facilitator: Ned Peck and Kate Maxey

Day/Time: Fridays 10-11:30 am

Gain awareness and insights about the effects of trauma and post-traumatic stress. Learn coping tools to improve your life functioning and limit the interference of trauma in your life. We will also work on shifting from ways of coping that are counterproductive to healing toward safer healthier coping practices.  Call Ned Peck at 826.3236 for information and/or to arrange a group consultation.

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

Facilitators: Jacqueline Mayrand

Day/Time: Fridays 10:30-noon starting 1/31/20

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.

Click links for our workshops and workshop series or for our drop-in support/discussion groups.

Emergency Numbers

Humboldt Public Safety
(707) 826-5555

CAPS, including after-hours phone support
(707) 826-3236

Humboldt County Mental Health
(707) 268-2900

24-Hour County Crisis Line
(707) 445-7715