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Conscious Connecting  | DBT- Skills Based ForumEntre Familia| Gathering Compassion | Grief and Loss |  Healing Hearts | Healthy Lifestyles |  LGBTQIA Safe Space | Mindfulness or Meditation | Recognition, Insight, Openness (RIO)Taming the Anxious Mind 

If you are self-referring for a group, please contact the SHCS front desk to schedule a brief screening to confirm eligibility. All participants of the Healing Hearts group need to check in with either Lissa Lim (760) 750-4911 or Brittany Greenbaum (760-750-4914) prior to attending.

Conscious Connecting

Do you have difficulty developing and maintaining close relationships with others?  Do you desire the opportunity to gain a better understanding of yourself and how to relate to others?  Do you feel alone in your struggles?  If so, this group may be a great fit for you.  This group will provide the opportunity to learn and practice new skills for interacting with others to develop more self-confidence and happier relationships.  This group would be most appropriate for students who are currently struggling in a specific relationship or lack of relationship (e.g., parents, significant other, friend, roommates, co-worker) and want to have a safe and confidential place to talk about the relationship and gain skills, awareness, and grow.  This group will provide an experience where they can learn to interact with others in a positive and healing way and help them let go of old habits underlying social interactions.  We will be discussing components of what makes for healthy relationships and communication techniques.  
Come meet with other students in a casual environment to discover how to be the best you in your relationships!

  • Who: Jay Robertson-Howell, Psy.D. and Brooke Adams, M.A.
  • When: TBD
  • Screening required along with a completed intake
  • Contact:  (760) 750-4915 or 

DBT- Based Skills Forum

Do you struggle with overwhelming emotions? Do you have impulsivity or cravings that you want to overcome? Do your ways of responding to stress tend to make things worse in the long run? If any of these are true for you, DBT skills are a great resource. In this forum, you’ll learn and practice skills drawn from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) including distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. This will help you understand why you do what you do and start moving toward your goals with more hope and confidence.

  • Who: Lindsey G. Robertson, Ph.D.
  • When: Thursdays, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Contact: 760-750-4915 or

Entre Familia

This group provides Latin@/Hispanic/Chican@ students a space to share, learn, and explore issues related to their culture, family, academics, as well as any other issue affecting them. The group also focuses on building community, mutual support, and empowerment.

  • Who: Lissa Lim, Ph.D. and Laura Thode, M.A.
  • When: Fridays, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm (starting Feb. 2nd)
  • No screening required: Open group. Students can join at any time
  • Contact:  (760) 750-4915 or or 

Gathering Compassion

Are you interested in developing a kinder relationship to yourself?

This group provides a safe space to practice self-care and learn about the different ways compassion and mindfulness can help you cope with everyday stress and global distress. It is a group designed to help you build a healthier, happier and more present reality for yourself. It is open to individuals of all genders, ethnicities and cultures, and each week includes a mindfulness practice, an introduction to a compassionate self-care topic, and a discussions on how compassion can be of use in a variety of situations

This is an on-going drop-in self-care group with an aim to increase self-compassion and well-being.

  • Who: Brittany Greenbaum, M.A.
  • When: Thursdays,  3:30-4:45pm in the Relaxation Room
  • Contact:  (760) 750-4915 or 

Grief and Loss Group

Grief is the normal and natural emotional response to loss. Yet, grief often feels isolating, disruptive, or overwhelming. If you are experiencing grief related to a loss, this group is an opportunity to be with others who are experiencing similar struggles, learn about the grief process, gain understanding, and receive support.

  • Who: Lindsey G. Robertson, Ph.D., and counselor Audra Wallace from The Elizabeth Hospice
  • When: TBD
  • Contact: 760-750-4915 or

Healing Hearts

This group is designed for people affected by sexual trauma, and is open to people of all genders and cultural backgrounds. The group provides a safe and empowering space for students to gain support, connect with each other, and learn coping skills that can help them move toward healing.

  • Who: Lissa Lim, Ph.D. and Brittany Greenbaum, M.A.
  • When: Wednesdays, 10:30 am -12:00 pm  (starting on Feb. 7th)
  • Contact:  (760) 750-4915 or or   

Healthy Lifestyles

If you’ve had difficulty losing weight or have lost weight in the past only to gain it back, did you blame yourself (I’m too weak… I’m not motivated enough), your body (There’s something wrong with me), or your diet (This just didn’t work for me)?  It’s more likely that you just didn’t know how to diet. In this group you will learn HOW to avoid cheating; resist tempting food, even if it’s on the table in front of you; and how to cope with hunger, cravings, stress, and strong negative emotions without turning to food for comfort. You’ll also learn how to motivate yourself to exercise, even if you’re not naturally inclined to do so. You’ll discover how to do all the things you think you need to do to diet successfully—by changing the way you think and addressing the psychological components of healthy eating and lifestyle changes using The Beck Diet Solution Book and Model.

  • Who: Tamara Savage, Ph.D. and Laura Thode, M.A.
  • When: Wednesdays, 4:00 pm -5:00 pm 
  • Contact:  (760) 750-4915 or  Dr. Savage at or Laura Thode at

LGBTQIA Safe Space

This group will provide a safe and supportive environment for persons who identify as LGBTQIA, those who might be questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity, and those who would like support as they navigate the coming out process.  Come join us to meet new people, build a sense of community, and to share your experiences (both the benefits and challenges) of being LGBTQIA.  

  • Who: Jay Roberston-Howell, Psy.D. and Lindsey Robertson, Ph.D.
  • When: Thursdays at 2:30 pm -3:30 pm, starting April 13th
  • Screening Required

Mindfulness or Meditation 

Curious about Meditation and its benefits? We will explore mindfulness and meditation in everyday life. The relaxation room is a quiet and inviting space to explore, meditate, and learn how regular mindfulness can help you succeed in relationships, stress reduction, and overall wellness. Contact Brooke for more information!

  • Who: Brooke Adams, M.A. in the Relaxation Room at SHCS
  • When: Tuesdays at 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm, beginning March 6th
  • Contact: Brooke (760) 750-4980 or

Recognition, Insight, Openness (RIO)

Recognition, Insight, Openness (RIO) focuses on skill development and learning to respond to distress in a flexible way. The three sessions are divided into content that builds on itself which will help attendees 1) gain a deeper understanding of their concerns, 2) create flexibility in how they view and approach distressful situations, and 3) help them take steps toward living with a wide range of emotions. This workshop is an excellent starting point to the therapeutic process.

  • Who: Multiple clinicians
  • When: Multiple days and times – See link on website for course dates

Taming the Anxious Mind

This 3-week workshop will provide participants a better understanding of their anxious mind. Participants will learn effective ways to calm the body, calm the mind, and to create a stress-tolerant lifestyle.

  • Who: Jay Roberston-Howell, Psy.D.
  • When: Mondays, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm. New T.A.M. groups begin every three weeks.
  • Contact:  (760) 750-4915 or