UCS

Therapy Groups and Workshops

University Counseling Services (UCS) offers a wide variety of free therapy groups and psycho-educational workshops to currently enrolled students. The following list will provide you with an idea of which groups are available. 

Therapy Groups

*Workshops that require a personal interview prior to group start date. 

The ADHD Brain

A 60-minute class designed to:

  • Help you gain insight into this condition
  • Review the neuroscience of ADHD
  • Learn ways to stay interested and reduce distractions
  • Understand the benefit of exercise and breath work
  • Encourage discovery of your individual strengths

Anxiety Management

Constantly worried? Always tense? Never able to feel at ease or secure?

The anxiety management workshop will help you learn effective, evidence-based ways to decrease your stress and anxiety. This workshop will provide a useful understanding of anxiety and numerous stress reducing techniques.

Black Male Initiative (BMI) Organization

A safe and supportive group for African American/Black Male Students to come together in pursuit of academic, social, and emotional success in the college setting.

Body Positive

Body Positive is a six-week workshop series to increase positive body image.

Do you often criticize your body? Do you compare your body to the bodies of celebrities? Do you want to feel better about your body, yourself and your relationships? Do you feel like your body image keeps you from getting close to others?

If the answer is yes, then Body Positive is for you!

Topics include:

  • Defining body esteem
  • Talking back to the media
  • Defining ourselves – family and cultural perceptions
  • Mindfulness – increasing our awareness
  • Getting intimate – body image and relationships

Building Self-Esteem

Can you feel better about yourself? 

Building and maintaining self-esteem is an ongoing issue for most people.  But few of us have been taught how to feel good about ourselves in spite of our shortcomings and in the face of life’s ups and downs.  Join us for Building Self-Esteem and learn to be more positive and supportive of yourself.  Develop skills for improving and maintaining your self-esteem. 

Choice or Chance*

Do you need help choosing a major?

This workshop will help you:

  • Identify your interests
  • Assess your skills
  • Discover your personal style
  • Understand your values
  • Learn decision-making techniques
  • Develop a list of majors and careers to explore
  • Do career testing and participate in group interaction with career counselors

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Women's Support Group*

A process group for deaf and hard of hearing women to find support among one another.

Depression Management

A supportive group designed to help you manage your feelings of depression, sadness and loss. This group is a safe place to learn techniques to increase enjoyment in your life. 

Doing Better, Today (DBT)*

Do you feel overwhelmed? Learn strategies to help make life more manageable in a safe, supportive space.

ExCEL Academic Support Group*

This group offers free, semester-long weekly support for committed students interested in:

  • Sustaining motivation throughout the semester
  • Enriching your academic experience
  • Increasing feelings of academic self-confidence
  • Learning ways to overcome obstacles to academic success
  • Seeking academic excellence

Expresate!

Express yourself!

Latino and Latina support group

Come and join us in a group of Latino and Chicana students and talk about what it means to be Latino and a CSUN student. Talk about family, our inspirations, dating and relationships, and daily struggles - all in a safe place.

Grief and Loss Support Group*

Coping with the death of someone close to you is a painful experience that can stir up a variety of very private feelings, thoughts and worries.  At times it may even feel like the pain won’t end and your life is hopelessly scarred forever.

If you are struggling to cope with the death of someone special, you are welcome to join this small support group. Sharing your own experience with others suffering from a similar loss may provide a special type of understanding and interpersonal connection.

Journey Toward Self-Compassion*

Feeling NOT ENOUGH?  Not smart enough, not pretty enough, not talented enough, not good enough? You are not alone in this! Please join us in our journey toward self-compassion, a short-term group experience aiming at developing healthier views of self.

LGBTQ Support*

This group offers a safe, confidential space to discuss your experiences with other LGBTQ students.

Topics include:

  • Identity development
  • Coming out
  • Academic concerns and feeling safe on campus
  • Family issues
  • Relationships

Men's Support Group*

A safe and confidential space for men to get support from one another.

Nourish: The Body & The Self*

Do you have a difficult, confusing relationship with food and your body image?

This process-oriented therapy group is designed to explore body image concerns and eating disorder struggles while creating more self-awareness of thoughts, feelings and effectiveness in relationships with self and others.

If you are interested in learning about yourself, providing support and receiving support, please consider joining.

Overcoming Procrastination

Do you put things off to the last minute? Blend awareness with proven techniques to get things done effectively.

Public Speaking Anxiety Workshop

You will learn:

  • How to identify causes of public speaking anxiety
  • How to manage your anxiety
  • How to overcome the fear of speaking in front of groups

This workshop will provide the opportunity to practice speaking in front of small groups in a safe setting. Sign up early. Space is limited!

Relaxation/Mindfulness Workshops

Come learn a variety of breathing and guided imagery that can bring tons of relaxation into your mind and body.

  • Store needed relaxation which can be used in stressful times
  • Increase your relaxation response
  • Increase your energy level
  • Improve your sleep

Drop-in groups are available for faculty, staff and students.

Say Goodbye to Shy

Are you shy? Do you feel disconnected at CSUN?

Workshops are offered that teach you strategies to overcome shyness, manage social anxiety and learn how to feel more comfortable in social and classroom situations.

Sistahood Community

Sistahood Community is a drop-in support group for Black/African-American female students.

A caring, connected and confidential setting to:

  • Explore issues related to culture & society
  • Lean on & grow with those sharing common perspectives
  • Discover & develop your strengths
  • Celebrate ethnic pride within a supportive community
  • Enhance life skills
  • Build your support system on campus

Social Group*

Do you feel like you just don’t understand how other people seem to communicate with each other so easily? This is a supportive and friendly space for social development. Students with significantconcern about their ability to establish relationships may find this group especially helpful.  

Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse*

Do you wonder if and how childhood sexual abuse may have impacted you? Hidden scars such as feelings of depression, shame, anger, loneliness, low self-esteem and betrayal can negatively affect your relationships.

You will learn:

  • Coping skills and strategies
  • Techniques for forgiving yourself
  • Taking charge of your life
  • Letting go of painful feelings

Come join other survivors in a safe and confidential environment. Lean how you can free yourself from these hidden scars. Learn to move from silence to empowerment in your healing journey. Learn how to take better care of yourself and become a more loving and whole human being.

T-time*

A safe and confidential space for transgender students and gender non-conforming students to gain support within their community.

Test-Anxiety Strategies Workshop

Offered Wednesdays at 3-4:30pm, start date to be determined

Learn simple and effective test anxiety management strategies through a 3-week workshop!  This workshop focuses on reducing test anxiety through self-assessment, CBT-informed techniques/skills building, and practices.  It is intended to be simple and practice-oriented.

Understanding Self and Others*

A safe & supportive environment to practice new and healthier ways of relating to others, and gain a better understanding of yourself.

Women’s Support*

Women’s Support is a group for female students to share in a safe, confidential and empowering environment.

  • Learn more about yourself and how you interact interpersonally
  • Explore your identity as a woman
  • Enhance coping skills
  • Develop inner balance
  • Recognize your strengths

Groups Offered in Fall 2016

*Workshops that require a personal interview prior to group start date. 

Anxiety Management

Offered Thursdays, 2 - 3:30pm; start date to be determined

Constantly worried? Always tense? Never able to feel at ease or secure?

The anxiety management workshop will help you learn effective, evidence-based ways to decrease your stress and anxiety. This workshop will provide a useful understanding of anxiety and numerous stress reducing techniques.

Body Positive

Offered Tuesdays, 10:30am-12:00pm, start date to be determined

Body Positive is a six-week workshop series to increase positive body image.

Do you often criticize your body? Do you compare your body to the bodies of celebrities? Do you want to feel better about your body, yourself and your relationships? Do you feel like your body image keeps you from getting close to others?

If the answer is yes, then Body Positive is for you!

Topics include:

  • Defining body esteem
  • Talking back to the media
  • Defining ourselves – family and cultural perceptions
  • Mindfulness – increasing our awareness
  • Getting intimate – body image and relationships

Building Self-Esteem

Offered Wednesdays, 3-5pm, start date to be determined

Can you feel better about yourself? 

Building and maintaining self-esteem is an ongoing issue for most people.  But few of us have been taught how to feel good about ourselves in spite of our shortcomings and in the face of life’s ups and downs.  Join us for Building Self-Esteem and learn to be more positive and supportive of yourself.  Develop skills for improving and maintaining your self-esteem.

Depression Management 

Offered Wednesdays, 3-4:30pm, start date to be determined

This workshop provides a safe place to learn techniques to help reduce feelings of depression and to increase enjoyment in your life. 

Doing Better, Today (DBT)*

Offered Tuesdays, 10am-12pm, starting October 18, 2016

Do you feel overwhelmed? Learn strategies to help make life more manageable in a safe, supportive space.

Grief and Loss Support*

Offered Tuesdays, 3-4:30pm, start date to be determined

Connect with a supportive group of peers dealing with death, loss, and grief.

Journey Toward Self-Compassion*

Offered Tuesdays, 2-4pm, start date to be determined

Feeling NOT ENOUGH?  Not smart enough, not pretty enough, not talented enough, not good enough? You are not alone in this! Please join us in our journey toward self-compassion, a short-term group experience aiming at developing healthier views of self.

LGBTQ Support*

Offered Mondays, 2-3:30pm; start date to be determined

This group offers a safe, confidential space to discuss your experiences with other LGBTQ students.

Topics include:

  • Identity development
  • Coming out
  • Academic concerns and feeling safe on campus
  • Family issues
  • Relationships

Men's Support Group*

Offered Fridays, 1-2:30pm; starting October 7, 2016

A safe and supportive group to help men gain insight about their relationship with self and others, including familial and academic matters and other topics. confidential space for men to get support from one another.

Mindfulness/Relaxation Workshops

(Drop-ins welcomed, however, no late arrivals allowed.)

Offered Tuesdays, 12-1pm and Thursdays, 11am-12pm, start date to be determined

Also offered Thursdays at 12-1pm, at the Oasis Wellness Center, start date to be determined

We offer both a mindfulness and a relaxation group on a weekly basis. The goals of these groups are to: 

  • Teach individuals how to manage stress
  • Provide guidance and techniques on how to be in the present moment
  • Decrease symptoms of depression and/or anxiety
  • Empower individuals by providing skills, practice and resources that they can use on their own

Drop-in groups are available for faculty, staff and students. These groups can be attended once or multiple times.

Overcoming Procrastination

Offered Thursdays, 2-3:30pm, start date to be determined

Do you put things off to the last minute? Blend awareness with proven techniques to get things done effectively.

Public Speaking Anxiety Workshop

Offered on a Monday, 1-3pm, date to be determined

You will learn:

  • How to identify causes of public speaking anxiety
  • How to manage your anxiety
  • How to overcome the fear of speaking in front of groups

This workshop will provide the opportunity to practice speaking in front of small groups in a safe setting. Sign up early. Space is limited!

Say Goodbye to Shy

Offered Mondays, 1-3pm, start date to be determined

Are you shy? Do you feel disconnected at CSUN?

Workshops are offered that teach you strategies to overcome shyness, manage social anxiety and learn how to feel more comfortable in social and classroom situations.

Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse*

Offered Mondays, 10:30am-12pm, start date to be determined 

Do you wonder if and how childhood sexual abuse may have impacted you? Hidden scars such as feelings of depression, shame, anger, loneliness, low self-esteem and betrayal can negatively affect your relationships.

You will learn:

  • Coping skills and strategies
  • Techniques for forgiving yourself
  • Taking charge of your life
  • Letting go of painful feelings

Come join other survivors in a safe and confidential environment. Lean how you can free yourself from these hidden scars. Learn to move from silence to empowerment in your healing journey. Learn how to take better care of yourself and become a more loving and whole human being.

T-time*

Offered Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm, start date to be determined

A safe and confidential space for transgender students and gender non-conforming students to gain support within their community.

Test-Anxiety Strategies Workshop

Offered Wednesdays at 3-4:30pm, start date to be determined

Learn simple and effective test anxiety management strategies through a 3-week workshop!  This workshop focuses on reducing test anxiety through self-assessment, CBT-informed techniques/skills building, and practices.  It is intended to be simple and practice-oriented.

Understanding Self and Others*

Offered Tuesdays, 2-3:30pm, start date to be determined

A safe & supportive environment to practice new and healthier ways of relating to others, and gain a better understanding of yourself.

Women's Support Group*

Offered Wednesdays, 1-2:30pm, start date to be determined

Also offered Fridays, 10:30am-12pm, start date to be determined

A supportive space for women to explore issues related to being a woman in our society (Wednesday's group also uses expressive arts).

How to Join a Therapy Group

There are a number of ways you can sign up for or find out more information about a group or workshop we are offering at University Counseling Services.

If you have any questions about a particular group or workshop, please call (818) 677-2366 and ask to speak with the counselor who is leading the group or workshop.

Submit a Group and Workshop Interest Form, and University Counseling Services will contact you.