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Group Therapy Available  

Academic Support Group | Asian Student CollectiveConscious ConnectingDBT-Based Skills Forum | Entre Familia | FLUTTER | Gathering CompassionGrief and Loss | Healing HeartsLGBTQIA Safe SpaceMindfulness for Depression | Parent Support Group Spirit Child Group | Women of Color Connection 

Download a PDF copy of all our Group Therapy handout and SHCS Coping Skills Series.

If you are self-referring for a group, please contact the SHCS front desk to schedule a brief screening to confirm eligibility.  All groups will require a group screening, and will be held via Zoom.

If you are interested, please sign up for a group.

Academic Support Group

This is s a support group open to all students looking for a space to disucss, receive support, and lean skills to manage their academic challenges. Topics can range from time management, imposter syndrome, test taking anxiety and beyond. 

  • Who: Katie Ramos, LCSW
  • When: Mondays, 2:00-3:00 pm, Beginning Sept 12th. 
  • Contact: Katie Ramos, LCSW at 

Asian Student Collective

This support group is for all domestic and international students who identify as Asian Pacific Islander, and/or Desi. This gropu offers a space for community building, mutual support, healing, and empowerment. 

  • Who: Dr. Leah Tappero
  • When: Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Contact: Dr. Leah Tappero at 

Conscious Connecting

This group provides a safe place for students to practice new ways of connecting with others as they learn new ways to view themselves through feedback and group support. They can also address fears, problems, or patterns that can get in the way of fulfilling relationships. Through the process of connecting with other people in this format, members often find they can navigate relationships with more satisfaction, leading to more fulfillment in their lives.

  • Who: Dr. Jay Robertson-Howell
  • When: Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Contact: Dr. Jay Robertson-Howell at

DBT-Based Skills Forum

This group helps students learn and practice skills drawn from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) including distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. 

  • Who: Dr. Juan Alvarez and Lilly Parks, M.A.
  • When: Wednesdays, 2:00 pm -3:30 pm. &.  Fridays, 3:00-4:30 pm 
  • Contact: Dr. Juan Alvarez at and Lilly Parks, M.A. at 

Entre Familia

This group provides Latinx 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. This group is conducted in English and Spanish.

  • Who: Dr. Lissa Lim and Laura Bermudez
  • When:  Mondays, 3:00-4:30 pm 
  • Contact: Contact Dr. Lissa Lim at and Laura Bermudez, M.A. at 


This is a support group for undocumented and mixed status students. The group creates a safe and confidential space to give and receive support around the experiencs of being undocunmented or mixed status. 

  • Who: Dr. Lissa Lim and Jennifer Rubalcaba
  • When: Wednesdays, 10:00 am -11:00 am 
  • Contact:Contact Dr. Lissa Lim at and Jennifer Rubalcaba, M.S. at 

Gathering Compassion

This group is a safe space to practice self-care and learn about the different ways compassion and mindfulness can help you cope with everyday stress. The goal of the group is to learn to manage painful emotions and life's difficulties through the daily cultivation and practice of self-compassion. 

Grief and Loss 

Our Grief and Loss Group provides a safe environment for you to look at your old beliefs about dealing with loss, which losses have affected your life, and take actions that will lead you to complete unresolved emotions that may still be causing you pain.

In collaboration with The Elizabeth Hospice agency, our group will provide a framework for understanding grief  to most importantly understand your own grief in context. The process and stages of moving through grief will be both explained and explored in a safe space of support, understanding, kindness, acceptance, and compassion. If you are interested solely in this group and no other counseling services, you may schedule an appointment with Dr. Peters directly for a group screening.

  • Who: Dr. Alli Peters 
  • When: Tuesdays, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 
  • Contact: Dr. Alli Peters at

Healing Hearts

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

  • Who: Dr. Lissa Lim 
  • When: Fridays, 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Contact: Dr. Lissa Lim at 

LGBTQIA Safer Space

This group privides a safe and supportive environment for persons who identify  as LGBTQIA, those who might be questioning their seuxal orientation or gender identity, and those who would liek 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.

Mindfulness for Depression

This group helps students learn and use Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) skills to manage depression, stress and anxiety.

  • Who: Dr. Ryan Stevenson
  • When: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
  • Contact: Dr. Ryan Stevenson at 

Parent Support Group

In this group, members will both offer and receive support to and from other student parents, as well as trade parenting ideas, secrets, strategies, and psycho-education regarding healthy and positive parenting. This support group combines ongoing support with eduation adn practical parentign advice for CSUSM students. 

Spirit Child Group

This group is for students who grew upwith addiction in their families. Members will increase understanding of the impact of addiction in their lives, examine the thoughts and behaviros shared by many adult children of addiction, and gain insight and strategies for overcoming childhood trauma associated with childhood familial addiction.

Women of Color Connection 

This support group is for cis and trans women of color students to explore, share, and learn how their multiple identities impact their personal and interpersonal experiences. Members choose topics which can include cultural identity, family, gender roles, academic, stress, romantic relationships, friendships, social justic concerns, and mental health and well-being.