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Fall 2023 Therapy Groups

Therapy groups are available for students who reside in the state of California.

To join any of the therapy groups above, please fill out the Group Interest Form.


Tuesdays 2pm, Wednesdays 5pm, Thursdays 11am, starting Aug 29th (Zoom)
This is a one-time, 1-hour group that will help you understand key aspects of what it takes to grow and thrive in the midst of challenging circumstances. The group will explore why we get stuck in negative cycles and the importance of developing healthy habits to create lasting change.

Finding Your Calm (Anxiety Therapy Group)

Thursdays 3pm - 4:20pm, starting Sep 21st (Zoom)
This is a 6-week structured therapy group designed to help you learn effective strategies for coping with anxiety using cognitive-behavioral techniques, mindfulness skills, and acceptance-based strategies. Group members will also have an opportunity to learn how to work on self-criticism and explore personal values.
(A 30-minute group information session is required. Schedule it by Sep 15th.)

Understanding Self and Others (Interpersonal Therapy Group)

USO Undergrad: Tuesdays 1pm - 2:30pm, starting Sep 19th (Zoom)
USO Grad: Tuesdays 3pm - 4:30pm, starting Sep 19th (Zoom)
This weekly therapy group is designed to foster greater self-awareness and more satisfying relationships by exploring how your background and upbringing affect your relationships, becoming more aware of your thoughts and feelings, and exploring your “here-and-now” feelings with other group members.
(A 30-minute group information session is required. Schedule it by Sep 15th.)

Minding Your Mood (Depression Therapy Group)

Wednesdays 2pm - 3:30pm, starting Sep 20th (Zoom)
This is a 6-week, skills-based group in which you can gain a deeper understanding of your experience of depression and learn effective strategies to help regulate your emotions and manage mild to moderate symptoms of depression.
(A 30-minute group information session is required. Schedule it by Sep 15th.)


Drop-In Mindfulness Group

Freedom Within

Fridays 12pm - 1pm, starting Oct 13th (Zoom) 
This weekly drop-in group is designed to help you spend more time living in the present moment. Weekly mindfulness practice may help you better manage challenging emotions or circumstances, while accepting things as they are in order to mindfully proceed. Each group has a different theme and usually includes introductory comments, guided meditation, silent practice time, and closing comments as well as offering a new daily life practice for the week.
For Zoom link, email


Fall 2023 Support Groups

Support groups are available for all enrolled students.

Holding Hope Grief Support Group

Tuesdays 9am - 10am, starting Nov 21st (Zoom)
For anyone wishing to navigate the complexities of grief, including those that are struggling with the recent tragedies the university has endured, Holding Hope provides a supportive space. Everyone is welcomed to explore, learn, and connect on the intricacies of loss, offering empowerment in one of life's most challenging experiences. You don't have to face grief alone. ragement.
For Zoom link, email

Black Student Support Group

Thursdays 5pm - 6pm, starting Sep 7th (Zoom)
The Black Student Support Group provides a supportive environment for Black students to connect, to share their experiences, to exhale and to receive and provide encouragement.
For Zoom link, email

AAPI Student Support Group (CLOSED)

Wednesdays 4pm - 5pm, starting Sep 6th (Zoom)
The AAPI Student Support Group offers a safe space for Asian American and Pacific Islander students to connect with peers, learn about helpful resources, and discover cultural strengths.
For Zoom link, email

Just Be: LGBTQ+ Student Support Group (CLOSED)

Thursdays 3pm - 4pm, starting Sep 7th (Zoom)
"JUST BE" student support group provides a safe space for LGBTQ+ students in the community to connect, build a sense of belonging, and share their experiences.
For Zoom link, email or

Recovery Peer Support Group

Thursdays 3pm - 4pm, starting Sep 7th (Zoom)
Get the confidential support you need on your alcohol and drug recovery journey. Share your experiences, get connected with your peers, and know that you are not alone.
For Zoom link, email

International Student Support Group (CLOSED)

Mondays 11am - 12pm, starting Sep 18th (Zoom)
International students face unique challenges when studying in the U.S. This support group is a safe space where you can connect with other students, learn about helpful resources, and discover your cultural strengths.
For Zoom link, email


Every Other Thursdays 4pm - 5pm, starting Sep 14th (In Person at the Light House)
This is a biweekly drop-in group in collaboration with RISE for people who are looking for a community but do not know where to begin. Bring your own crafting projects (sewing, knitting, drawing, etc.) or feel free to pick up a pack of crayons and a coloring page. Engage with others at your own pace or just enjoy doing your own thing. No artistic talent necessary. (Snacks are provided!)
To join, email

Surviving Psychology Practicum: Conquer Stress Together!

Fridays 11am - 12pm, starting Sep 8th (Zoom)
Embarking on your practicum journey? Don't face it alone. Join us to share experiences, practical tips, and unwavering encouragement. Connect with peers in a safe, understanding environment, and navigate your psychology training with newfound confidence. Let's conquer the challenges together!
For Zoom link, email

Support for Family Supporters: Your Haven of Strength (CLOSED)

Fridays 2pm - 3pm, starting Sep 8th (Zoom)
Juggling academics while supporting a family member's mental health? You're not alone. Discover a space of understanding and shared wisdom. Connect with peers who comprehend your journey, exchange resources, and draw strength from one another. Together, let's navigate the path of compassion and resilience.
For Zoom link, email

Navigating the Labyrinth of Adulthood 101: Your Guide to Success (CLOSED)

Every Other Tuesdays 9am - 10am, starting Sep 5th (In Person)
Embarking on your college journey? Take charge of your transition with us. Learn vital skills like time management, relationships, and self-care. Connect with fellow students and form friendships that will support you through this exciting chapter. Elevate your college experience while preparing for the adventures of adulthood! (Snacks are provided!)
To join, email or

Spectrum of Support: Thrive as a Neurodivergent Scholar (CLOSED)

Thursdays 1pm - 2pm, starting Sep 7th (In Person)
Navigating college with neurodivergence? We're here for you. Connect with peers who share your journey. Explore effective strategies, foster understanding, and uplift one another in a space built for your success. Join us to embrace your uniqueness and build a brighter academic future. (Snacks are provided!)
To join, email