Group Therapy

**Due to the current shelter-in-place and social distancing regulations, and in order to maximize student access, group therapy during Summer 2020 will be offered via a HIPAA-compliant Zoom format.**

Group Therapy is when a group of no more than 8-10 students meet with 1-2 therapists for 60-90 minutes.  We offer a variety of groups including Therapy groups (i.e., support groups, psychoeducational groups, interpersonal process groups) and Drop-In groups.  Some groups are time-limited with a specific focus, while others are broader and open-ended.  

Please see the group descriptions (below) for more information about groups currently offered at Counseling Services.  If you are interested in a group that is not currently being offered, please email Dr. Paul Carbajal, Groups Coordinator, at  


Drop-In Groups - SUMMER 2020

Drop-in groups are open to interested students, and do not require a referral or Initial Consultation.  You may attend as many of the drop-in group sessions as you find helpful.  

How do I join a Drop-In Group?
No pre-scheduling needed.  If the Zoom ID is listed in the group's description, you may join at the time of the group.  If the Zoom ID is unlisted, please contact the associated facilitator(s).  You will need an active Cal Poly email account to join.

Group Name Facilitator(s) Day Time Start Date
Anxiety Support Space Sarah Colwell, Psy.D. Thursday 4:00pm - 5:00pm RUNNING
Virtual Learning/Social Distancing Support Space Sarah Colwell, Psy.D. Friday 4:00pm - 5:00pm RUNNING
Virtual RIO

Sarah Colwell, Psy.D.

Wednesday 4:00pm - 5:00pm RUNNING

Therapy Groups - SUMMER 2020

How do I join a Therapy Group?

If you are a current client, please speak to your current therapist about joining a group.

If you are not a current client, please call to schedule an "Initial Consultation" and mention your interest in joining a group to the therapist.

If the group you are interested in is still accepting new members and follows your recommended treatment plan, the therapist will advise you to schedule a “Group Screening" appointment, a 20-30 minute meeting with the relevant group facilitator to further answer any specific questions you may have about the group and to ensure that the group is the right fit.

Group Name Facilitator(s) Day Time Start Date

Shala Cole, Psy.D.

Paul Carbajal, Psy.D.

Monday 1:10pm - 2:40pm 07.06.20


Group descriptions 

ADHD Support Group

This group is Hosted by the DRC in collaboration with Counseling Services.  Students with a current diagnosis of ADHD are welcome to give and get support around the impact of this diagnosis on daily functioning.  Please contact Dr. Isaac Brandt ( for additional information and Zoom ID.

Anxiety Support Space

Via HIPAA-Compliant Zoom:
Meeting ID: 972 2717 1481

Are you anxious?  Is it hard for you to talk about your anxiety? Do you panic imagining other people noticing you're anxious?

Anxiety does a great job of making us feel like we have to hide our experiences from others. It is not until we start talking with others about what we are going through that we learn that we are not alone. Our Virtual Drop-in Anxiety Support Space is just for anxious folks who feel like their anxiety is getting in the way of them connecting with others. Each meeting will be tailored to the students present and will include connecting with others and learning an anxiety coping skill.

Better Decisions

Better Decisions is an ongoing weekly support group for students with substance misuse/abuse issues. Students will be met with a harm-reduction approach, where they can set goals to lessen the impact that their substance abusing behavior has on their life. Goals of group counseling are to: reduce stigma and isolation of substance abuse issues, assist in moving through stages of change, learn and implement healthy coping strategies, and remedy incongruence between values and behavior.  Please access the Zoom room at the designated time:

Female-Identified Survivors of Sexual Trauma Support Group

This is a support group for female-identified survivors of sexual trauma, including rape, sexual assault, abuse, exploitation, harassment, etc. The focus of the group will be on providing support to group members, normalizing their experiences, and exploring ways of building positive self-esteem and healthy coping mechanisms.  Contact your primary therapist, Dr. de Blieck ( or Dr. Sneed (, if interested in participating.

Gradutate Student Drop-In Support Group

A safe place for Graduate Students to seek out and offer support to peers around common experiences and challenges in graduate school.  All departments welcome!  Please access the Zoom room at the designated time:

Grief Group

This is a semi-structured therapy group for all undergraduate and graduate students who have experienced the loss of a loved one through death. The loss can be past or recent and involve anyone who was close to the student (e.g., family member, partner, friend, etc.). The first part of each group session focuses on strategies and activities to allow students to better manage and process their grief, while the second part is dedicated to group discussion of how to implement these strategies.  While this group is open to all students who have lost a loved one, it is especially tailored to students who feel that their loss was traumatic or is interfering with their functioning. *A support group for pet loss can be found here through SLO Hospice:


This is a group for anyone who feels that they are a work in progress.  Many come to counseling looking to understand more about themselves and others, but are feeling stuck trying to figure out this thing we call life on their own.  Members come from all walks of life and different presenting concerns.  With the magic of group, members often find that many of their struggles are shared by others.  This is a space to practice vulnerability, provide and receive feedback, and challenge yourself in ways to help you grow psychologically.  Leaving this group, our goal is that you gain insight into yourself and others, and feel more confident with being able to make changes in your life.


This group is designed to serve as a safe space in which students whom identify as LGBTQIA+ are able to discuss specific concerns directly or tangentially related to their identities. Group is primarily support based, including some process components. Group discussion is based on student needs, with some topics created by co-leaders to encourage discussion. Previous topics have included: coming out and being out (family, friends, academically, in the workforce), dating at Cal Poly, intersections of identities, and media/social representations of LGBTQIA+ individuals. 

Morning Meditation

Jenilee Sneed, Ph.D., C-IAYT will be hosting a meditation every Monday morning to help you connect with yourself and set intentions for your week. Please access the Zoom room at the designated time:


Nourish is a three-session group that was created to be helpful in learning how to recognize and better manage eating disorder symptoms. The main goals of Nourish are to allow students to develop more awareness of the impact of their eating disorder and to develop tools to begin to heal. Since treatment for eating disorders tends to be multi-faceted (e.g., individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, monitoring by a medical provider and Registered Dietician, etc.) and may require longer term treatment, Nourish is considered a supplement to individual therapy and focuses on providing psychoeducation about eating disorders, discussing individual motivations for change, and starting to design treatment strategies that are specific to each student.

Steady Steps

This group is designed as a psychiatric disability advocacy/support group. Participants have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder that has an ongoing impact on some aspect of their functioning (academic, social, occupational, self-care, self-image, etc.). Participants have experienced their symptoms for an extended period of time, or anticipate that their condition will be ongoing (although not necessarily life-long). Examples of diagnoses can include, but are not limited to, psychotic disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, autism/Asperger's disorder, and personality disorders. The purpose of the group is to provide support to students with ongoing mental health concerns, explore resources both on and off campus, discuss strategies for dealing with symptoms, and examine how students can reach their academic and personal goals while simultaneously living with a mental illness.

Transfer Student Drop-In Support

A space for transfer students to seek out and offer support to peers around common experiences and challenges as transfer students.  Hosted by the Transfer Student Center in collaboration with Counseling Services.  All majors welcome!  Please contact Amelia Ramirez, LMFT ( with additional questions, or access the Zoom room at the designated time:

Virtual Learning/Social Distancing Support Space

Via HIPPA-Compliant Zoom:
Meeting ID: 967 4134 7273

While we have been working hard to stay grateful despite the difficulties of living during a world-wide pandemic, let’s be honest there have been a lot of losses and a lot changes. This virtual drop-in support space is for folks who are experiencing the ups and downs of the “corona-rollercoaster” and would like to connect with other students who want to be real about the challenges of learning virtually while social distancing. Each meeting will be tailored to the students in attendance and will focus on connecting and relating with each other. A great space for those dreading another quiet weekend and missing their friends.

Virtual RIO: A Drop-In Experiential Workshop

Via HIPAA-compliant Zoom:
Meeting ID: 949 7448 2418

Virtual Recognition/Insight/Openness (RIO) is an adaption of the three-week Emotional Wellbeing Workshop, and will run continuously through the summer (pending on student interest). You can begin this 3-part experiential workshop at any point and take it as often as desired.

RIO focuses on building skills and creating flexibility in how you respond to distress.  Each week will focus on a different concept that enhances wellbeing and includes modules dedicated to: (1) helping you gain a deeper understanding of your concerns, (2) creating flexibility in how you view and approach these issues, and (3) helping you take steps toward living with a wide range of emotions.  By the end of the workshop, you will have a better sense of your personal values and how you want to focus your energy. 

Download the RIO Student Workbook HERE.

Wednesday Support Group

Is your energy, creativity, focus, or motivation yo-yoing? Are you experiencing isolation, anxiety, fear, frustration, and apathy?  Are you just on the struggle bus and need a helping hand?  This is the group for you!  Call to schedule an initial consultation appointment, or talk with your current therapist, to see if this group might be a good fit for you.

Yin Yoga

Jenilee Sneed, Ph.D., C-IAYT will be teaching a Yin Yoga class every Thursday afternoon on Zoom. Yin Yoga uses long holds of primarily seated poses to increase flexibility and help you connect with your present moment experience. Yin Yoga is appropriate for all experience levels. Please access the Zoom room at the designated time:

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