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Counseling & Psychological Services

Counseling & Psychological Services

Counseling & Psychological Services

Groups & Workshops

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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, dealing with stress and improving mood.

Groups and Workshops for Spring Semester 2018


C.O.P.E. (Cultivating Optimal Personal Experiences)

This 2 session clinic will help students develop a better understanding of both the causes and consequences of stress, as well as healthy and effective approaches to managing stress on an ongoing basis. Each session will focus on developing specific skills and techniques that can be applied to a variety of situations, including interpersonal relationships, academic functioning, family stress, physical health, mood fluctuations, and general well-being.

Time: Thursdays 2:30 - 4:00 pm 
           Fridays 10:30 - 12:00 pm 


Connect with the LGBTQ community on campus.  Come share thoughts, hopes, & feelings about issues you encounter in your daily experience with others in a safe space! Please sign up through Counseling & Psychological Services.

Time: Every other Wednesday 3:30-4:30 pm @ The Pride Center
Facilitator: Todd Carson, Psy.D.

Living with Loss

Get support in healing after the death of a loved one in the Living with Loss Grief Support Group.

Time: Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Facilitator: Maria Elena Garibay, MFT

Mindfulness Meditation Plus!

Ancient techniques for training the mind taught using the Eastern traditions of Vipassana (insight meditation), Zen, and Tibetan Buddhism. All methods are designed to quiet the mind while refining mental alertness. They are particularly helpful with anxiety, depression, and attention problems that may be affecting your ability to learn or have clarity in your daily life and relationships.

Time: Mondays 4:00 - 5:30pm
         Facilitator: Linda Diane Smith, Ph.D.

Healthy Emotional Living

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, the Healthy Emotional Living 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. To learn more or to join, call in and schedule an appointment.

Time: Mondays 2:30 - 4:00 pm 
Facilitator: Mary Joyce Juan, Ph.D. & Michael Juan, Ph.D.

Students in the Helping Professions

Careers in the helping professions (counseling, nursing, social work, education, etc.) offer great rewards and present unique demands. Through guided discussions and activities, this group aims to facilitate personal growth, increase self-understanding, and teach the skills needed to thrive as a helping professional.

Time: Fridays 9:00 – 10:30 am 
Facilitator: Carrie Sakai, Psy.D.


Rise is a weekly 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. 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 (the doors close at 12:45 pm).

Day & Time: Thursdays 12:30 - 1:45 pm @ Women's Resource Center
Start Date: 2/1 (see schedule)
Facilitator: Mary Joyce Juan, Ph.D. 

Alcoholics Anonymous, SDSU Student Meeting

AA is a self-help organization that utilizes the 12-step program for recovering alcoholics. This is an open meeting to all who wish to discuss issues with substance abuse.

Time: Tuesdays 12:00 – 1:00 pm 
Location: Conference Room 4, 4th floor Calpulli Building

Active Minds

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.

Time: Thursday 1:00 - 2:00 pm 
Location: Conference Room 3, 4th floor, Calpulli Building  

Single Servings

Single servings is a series of brief, weekly workshops held at different parts of the campus. Drop-in to talk with others, and to learn skills related to various topics, including social anxiety, connecting with others, mindfulness, stress management, family/cultural pressures, relationships, and more. Please click on the image below to see the full schedule.

Time: Weekly @ various campus locations 

Single servings workshops. drop in, no need to sign up. 619-594-5220 or