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Groups and workshops address issues common to most university students and are designed to help students learn new ways to deal with challenging issues. These interactive and dynamic groups cover topics such as: creating satisfying relationships, mindfulness meditation, and dealing with stress and improving mood.


All of our groups are virtual and hosted over HIPAA-compliant Zoom. To learn more about joining our groups, contact us at 619-594-5220 to schedule a phone consultation. All listed times are Pacific Time (PT). Please note that these groups are not available for course credit or observation.

(AAPI)phany F21

Thursdays 4:00 - 5:30 pm PT
Facilitator: Koko Nishi, Psy.D.

To join: Zoom links available for each event on Facebook and Instagram: @aapiphanysdsu

This workshop series is designed to address and discuss the intersection of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) identity and mental health.

BMHC Mar 29 2021

On Hold for Fall 2021
Facilitators: Ojore Bushfan, LMFT, & Ricky Pope, Ph.D

Our Black Men's Healing Collective series is a monthly gathering for Black men to safely and openly discuss topics related to their identities and experiences.


Body Wisdom F21

Tuesdays 4:30 - 6:00 pm PT
Facilitator: Emily Roberts-Parker, Psy.D.

To join: Contact C&PS by email or phone (619-594-5220) for an introductory call and orientation to schedule. Click image for full flyer.

This group for individuals with body image difficulties and disordered eating concerns is based off of The Body Positive model and utilizes mindfulness, self-compassion, and emotion regulation skills. The aim of this group is to help each person move towards body acceptance and cultivating wisdom from within. The group includes five core competencies from The Body Positive: reclaiming health, practicing intuitive self-care, cultivating self-love, declaring your own authentic beauty, and building community. The group is open to SDSU students of all backgrounds, genders, identities, and bodies.

 En Confianza Fall 2021

Thursdays 3:00 - 4:15 pm PT
Facilitator: Maria Elena Garibay, LMFT

To join: Drop in via Zoom (Meeting ID: 815 4745 0828). For more information, see the Fall 2021 flyers in Spanish and English.

¿Te gustaría conectarte con más estudiantes que se identifican como Latina/o/e/x, Chicanx, o Hispanos en SDSU? O ¿has tenido dificultad en identificarte como parte de la comunidad de SDSU? En Confianza @ SDSU es un grupo en donde encontrarás apoyo y juntos aprenderemos a enfrentar los desafíos del choque cultural, retos generacionales y retos de pertenecer a dos o más culturas. En confianza aprenderemos cómo tener éxito en el ámbito emocional, estudiantil, y profesional. Ven y pasa un tiempo agradable en compañía de otros en el primer grupo en Español, Spanglish y en Inglés.

Would you like to connect with other students who identify as Latina/o/e/x, Chicanx, or Hispanic? Or, are you having difficulties with identifying yourself as a part of the SDSU community? En Confianza @ SDSU is a group where you will find support and together we will learn how to face the challenges of culture shock, generational differences, and the challenge of belonging to two or more cultures. At En Confianza, we will learn how to be successful in our lives emotionally, academically and professionally. We welcome you to spend some time with us at the first group held in Spanish, Spanglish and English.



Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:15 pm PT -OR- Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:15 pm PT
Facilitators: Manuel Rivera, LMFT, Samantha DiMeglio, M.S. (Tuesdays), Alexis Chirban, M.A. (Wednesdays)

To join: Call C&PS at 619-594-5220

This workshop is designed to help students develop a foundation in mindfulness and meditation skills. It is intended for students who are seeking to improve their ability to "live in the now" rather than worrying about the future, regretting the past, or getting stuck in unhelpful thinking patterns. If you are interested in learning skills to help you stress less, focus better, and be more present for your life, give us a call and check out our companion website, Everyday Mindfulness & Meditation.


Thursdays 2:30 - 4:00pm PT (biweekly) 
Facilitators: Mary Joyce Juan, Ph.D., & Todd Carson, Psy.D.

To join: Call C&PS at 619-594-5220

You feel the butterflies. It starts to get serious. Before you know it, you're committed. Time flies, and you encounter conflict and tension in the relationship. While you still feel connected, you also start to wonder if this relationship is going to work out. But with grounding yourself again, and putting in the work, you can find stability and more importantly, the greater calling for this relationship.

Join your peers in this biweekly space as you move together through these stages of your relationship with your thesis or dissertation. Connect with others doing the work, find solutions for bumps in the road, and keep yourself on track with reasonable goals toward the completion of your thesis or dissertation.

Mondays 2:30 - 4:00 pm PT
Facilitators: Erika Mora, LMFT, Mary Joyce Juan, Ph.D., & Michael Juan, Ph.D.

To join: Call C&PS at 619-594-5220

Do you often feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster? Are you tired of being called “dramatic,” “sensitive,” or “reactive”? Based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, this ten-week group is designed to explore and build an understanding of our intense emotional experiences. Through the lens of living effectively, participants can learn to better identify and understand our complex emotional states, learn specific coping strategies to deal with distress, and increase awareness and self-reflection. 

Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:15 pm PT
Facilitators: Maria Elena Garibay, LMFT, & Shireen Trujillo, LCSW

To join: Call C&PS at 619-594-5220

Get support after the death of a loved one in a nurturing and safe place at the Living with Loss Grief Support Group. In this process group, you will have an opportunity to work through your healing while building connections with other students who can relate to your experience.

Rise F2021

Thursdays 12:30 - 1:45 pm PT
Facilitator: Mary Joyce Juan, Ph.D.

CORRECTION TO FLYER: Last session for semester is December 2nd (not 9th).

To join: Contact C&PS via email or phone (619-594-5220) for an introductory call, then drop-in throughout the semester (see Fall 2021 flyer for schedule)

Rise is a weekly, confidential supportive space for survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence. This group is open to students of all genders who are currently enrolled at SDSU. Each group provides space for survivors to check-in with one other, and to learn and practice skills to further the healing process. After registering for the group, students are welcome to drop-in as desired, and encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible. Due to the nature of the group, we ask all attendees to arrive on time (Zoom session will close to late arrivals at 12:40pm).

Students in Helping Professions

Fridays 9:00 - 10:15 am PT
Facilitator: Erika Hess, LMFT

To join: Call C&PS at 619-594-5220

This group is tailored to the unique needs of SDSU undergraduate and graduate students training to become helping professionals and gaining experience as helpers (through an internship, job, volunteer, or another space). Careers in the Helping Professions offer great rewards, while also presenting unique demands. Through guided discussions and activities, this group focuses on topics such as self and community care, balancing roles, compassion fatigue and burnout, vicarious resilience, and development of one’s professional identity.


WOCE F2021

Thursdays 5:30 - 7:00pm PT
Facilitators: Koko Nishi, Psy.D., & Zemed Berhe, Ph.D.

To join: See flyer

The Womxn of Color Empowerment Group is designed to be a confidential, safe space for womxn of color to receive and provide support in the promotion of: understanding and exploring intersecting racial, gender and cultural identities, navigating issues related to academics, processing experiences related to racism and discrimination, empowering self-expression, development of healthy relationships, and addressing mental health concerns.



All workshops are virtual and hosted over HIPAA-compliant Zoom. There is no need to call ahead about these workshops -- students can simply drop into them! All listed times are Pacific Time (PT). Please note these workshops are not available for course credit or observation.

Connection group Fall 2021

Fridays 11:30 - 12:45 pm PT
Facilitators: Monicka Fosnocht, NMD, APCC, & Ojore Lateef Bushfan, LMFT

To join: Drop in via Zoom (Meeting ID: 872 6344 6662 / Passcode: 329422) - see Fall 2021 flyer for details

A drop-in group open to all students to support a successful transition back to in-person college life on campus. Bring your lunch and drop-in to listen and share your experience, anticipations, fears, and excitement about coming back to being in-person at SDSU with your fellow classmates. Learn tools to make your transition back to campus as smooth as possible. Be a part of building community and connection with your fellow classmates.

Cycle 1: Thursdays 10:00 - 11:30am, biweekly, starting September 23
Cycle 2: Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:30pm, biweekly, starting October 26

To join: Drop in via Zoom (Meeting ID: 864 2642 6134)

It’s hard to understand how difficult graduate school is until you are in the thick of it. And it can be hard in ways you couldn’t have imagined. While meeting the demands of academia, you are also managing your personal and professional relationships, caring for your mental health – and all while encountering often daily reminders that grad school was not designed for everyone.

In collaboration with the Center for Graduate Life and Diversity, this four-part workshop series explores the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and systemic factors that can get in the way of graduate student success and mental well-being:

The 24/7 of Grad School (Next: October 26)
As a graduate student, there is always more to do, from studying to writing to publishing to teaching and everything in between. It can be hard to realize that you are more than a graduate student. Where does the rest of life fit? From family roles to sleep to burnout, join us as we dissect grad student stressors, recognize our own warning signs of stress, and learn practical steps for how to approach it all.

Understanding and Overcoming Impostor Syndrome (Next: November 9)
Self-doubt. Feeling like a fraud. It is not uncommon to question your abilities and talents with the pressures and demands of graduate school. Furthermore, isolation fuels this type of thinking. In this workshop, together we unpack the concept of ‘impostor syndrome’ and how to break through the cycle and own that you belong in the room. 

Tell Your Story (Next: RESCHEDULED - November 30)
As a graduate student, worlds collide. You have many roles that compete for your time and mental energy. You are not only an academic, but you may also be the first in your family to pursue ‘higher higher ed’ and one of too few in your community to be in graduate school. The resulting acculturative stress can be exhausting, especially if unnamed and underacknowledged. In this workshop, find the thread that ties these identities together and explore ways to live them all authentically.

Who’s Got My (Post) Bacc? (Next: December 7)
They say “it takes a village,” and nothing rings more true than for graduate school. Developing social support and cultivating a sense of belonging are central to well-being and success in graduate school. This workshop explores the importance of the various relationships we have in grad school life and centers finding resiliency within the communities we build.

International Circle Fall 2021

Thursdays 3:00 - 4:15pm PT
Facilitators: Erika Hess, LMFT, & Yu-An Chien, LCSW

To join: Drop in via Zoom (Meeting ID 824 1579 4137)

Are you an international student looking to connect with other students? Seeking support for stress or creating balance? Join us for International Circle every Thursday from 3-4:15 PM (15h-16h15 Pacific Time). Drop in each week to chat or check out our set discussion topics once a month (see flyer for topics).



Student Groups & Meetings Outside of C&PS

Thursdays 1:00 - 2:00 pm PT 

Active Minds is a student organization that is “changing the conversation about mental health.” To join the organization, you just have to show up to the meeting! Stop by, help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and learn about current trends in the mental health field.

Temporarily inactive due to COVID-19 (Visit for most up-to-date information)

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a self-help organization that utilizes the 12-step program for recovering alcoholics. This is an open meeting to all, run by peers, who wish to discuss issues with substance abuse. C&PS therapists do not facilitate this space.