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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.


SUMMER 2022: Only the following groups are open for Summer 2022 enrollment. All other groups are on hold until Fall 2022. Please see below for more details:

  • Everyday Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Grad Student Thesis & Dissertation Support Group
  • Rise

All of our groups are virtual and hosted over HIPAA-compliant Zoom at this time. To learn more about joining our groups, contact us at 619-594-5220 to schedule a phone consultation. If you require any disability/accessibility accommodations to fully participate, please contact [email protected]. All listed times are Pacific Time (PT). Please note that these groups are not available for course credit or observation.

Body Wisdom SP22

On Hold Until Fall 2022

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 flyer

On Hold Until Fall 2022

¿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.


Summer 2022 Schedule: Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:30pm PT beginning June 1
Facilitators: Manuel Rivera, LMFT & Monicka Fosnocht, NMD, APCC

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

This group 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.

Thesis Dissertation Group flyer

Summer 2022 Schedule: TBD
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.

On Hold Until Fall 2022

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. 

Living with Loss flyer

On Hold Until Fall 2022

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

Summer 2022 Schedule: Thursdays 1:00 - 2:30 pm PT (biweekly) beginning June 2
Facilitator: Mary Joyce Juan, Ph.D.

To join: Contact C&PS via email ([email protected]) or phone (619-594-5220) for an introductory call.

Rise is a 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 10 minutes after the start time).

Students in Helping Professions

On Hold Until Fall 2022

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 Spring 2022

On Hold Until Fall 2022

The Women of Color Empowerment Group is designed to be a confidential, safe space for women 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.



SUMMER 2022: All workshops below are currently on hold until Fall 2022. Please check back then for updates!

All workshops are virtual and hosted over Zoom. There is no need to call ahead about these workshops -- students can simply drop into them! If you require any disability/accessibility accommodations to fully participate, please contact [email protected] at least one week before you plan to attend, if possible. All listed times are Pacific Time (PT). Please note these workshops are not available for course credit or observation.

On Hold Until Fall 2022

This workshop series is designed to address and discuss the intersection of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) identity and mental health. For more information, visit @aapiphanysdsu on Instagram.

On Hold Until Fall 2022

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.

Facilitated by Counseling & Psychological Services 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 and provides tips to help you thrive.

Please note that these workshops are intended for currently enrolled graduate students at SDSU, and they are not available for course credit, accreditation requirements, or observation.

Managing the Stress of Graduate School
As a graduate student, there is always more to do, from studying to writing to publishing to teaching and everything in between. 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
Self-doubt. Feeling like a fraud. It is not uncommon to question your abilities and talents with the pressures and demands of graduate school, and isolation can further fuel 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.

Culture Shock: Adapting to Grad School While Staying True to Ourselves
Going to graduate school can feel like you’re being immersed in a new culture, with customs, expectations, and even language that are totally different from what you’re used to. It can be stressful for anyone to learn how to be in this world, and even more if you’re the first in your family to do so. How can we hold on to who we are while adapting to the “culture” of grad school? In this workshop, we explore how our personal and cultural backgrounds influence the way we experience grad school, discuss the stress that comes from adjusting to a new way of life, and learn ways to manage this stress while drawing on our individual strengths.

Who’s Got My (Post) Bacc?: Building & Maintaining Your Support System in Grad School
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, including those with advisers, fellow grad students, mentors, and family and friends. Join us as we discuss finding resiliency within these social groups and communities.

On Hold Until Fall 2022

A supportive space for international students to check-in, build strengths for whole health, cope with stress and adjustment, and cultivate a sense of balance and belonging in the SDSU community.

On Hold Until Fall 2022

Practical strategies derived from the latest research that all students can use to improve their academic performance across different classes. Workshops are open to all students throughout the semester.

On Hold Until Fall 2022

To enhance your experience of therapy in the community, join this weekly drop-in space to learn effective ways of managing stress and other emotions. Our Clinical Case Managers are also available to help you connect with and make the most out of resources in the community.


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.

Aztecs for Recovery (AFR), the student recovery community at SDSU, is a registered student organization open to all SDSU students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional). 

There are no restrictions on membership - persons struggling with or in recovery from addiction and compulsive behaviors of all types are welcome (alcohol and substance use as well as addiction to gambling, social media, food, sex, etc.)

For more information on upcoming meetings and events, email [email protected]

General Meetings - Mondays 6-7:30 pm PT
Calpulli Conference Room 2 or via Zoom (

Family & Friends - Fridays 3:30-5 pm PT
Calpulli Conference Room 2 or via Zoom (

Well-being and Health Promotion is offering on-campus SMART Recovery meetings for SDSU students. SMART - or Self-Management and Recovery Training - is a secular method of recovery focused around self-empowerment and achieving personal goals.

SMART General Meetings are geared towards students who are in or seeking recovery, or who are recovery-curious.

SMART Family and Friends Meetings are geared towards students who have loved ones who are in or seeking recovery, or struggling with addiction.

C&PS therapists do not facilitate this space. For more information, contact [email protected]