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. 

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.

Groups and Workshops Offered during Fall 2018 Semester:

*Groups and workshops that require a pre-group meeting with facilitator prior to group/workshop start date.

Anxiety Management

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

In this safe and supportive group, you will learn new tools and coping skills that allow you to decrease your anxiety and feel more equipped to face a wide range of situations and experiences.

Building Self-Esteem

Offered Wednesdays, 3 to 4:30pm; 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.

Face to Face

Offered Mondays, 1 to 2pm; start date to be determined

Has your phone become your best friend?  Have you forgotten how to talk to people in person?  This 3-session workshop is designed to help you rediscover the art of conversation, feel more comfortable in groups, and feel more confident when talking to others. 

Graduate Psychotherapy Group*

Offered Thursdays, 3 to 4:30pm; start date to be determined

Commiserate with others who understand the stresses of graduate school.  In a safe, supportive environment, discuss personal concerns such as relationship issues, family problems, challenging advisors, and juggling responsibilities.

Grief and Loss*

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

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

International Student Support Group

Date and time to be determined

A weekly drop-in discussion and support group especially for international students.  This dynamic group provides an opportunity to explore and share experiences as well as discuss topics such as adjustment, academic success, relationships, and various challenges.

LGBTQIA+ Support*

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

A confidential and safe space for students who identify within the LGBTQIA+ communities to receive and provide support around issues of sexual orientation and/or gender identity.  Topics discussed and explored may include identity, coming out, navigating relationships, creating support systems and feelings of safety and belonging on and off campus.  

Man 2 Man (Men of Color Support)*

Offered Fridays, 2:30 to 4pm; start date to be determined

A space for men of color to explore issues of gender, race, culture, as well as social concerns that impact their experience as men in society and the world.

ManUp↑*

Offered Thursdays, 2:30 to 4pm; start date to be determined

A group for men to sort out everything from school pressures to dating challenges to relationship questions to career confusion.  Be a part of a group where you can learn new skills and support each other so you can rise up and aim toward success in university life and beyond.

Mindfulness

Offered Mondays, 12 to 1pm; drop-in workshop, held in Santa Susana Hall

A drop in mindfulness workshop open to all CSUN students, faculty and staff.  Provides individuals with an opportunity to engage in a brief mindfulness meditation practice as a means to increase an overall sense of wellness.  This workshop is a partnership with the Institute for Community Health and Well Being, and the facilitators rotate from week to week.

Not Alone*

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

Come share your experiences in a safe environment and learn tips to help in coping with depression. You are not alone!

Parenting Support

Offered Thursdays, 11am to 12:30pm; start date to be determined

This group allows student parents to connect with others experiencing similar daily struggles in a safe, non-judgmental space.  Topics will be parent driven, but may include: routines, homework, child behaviors, transitions, etc.

Reshaping Body Image*

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

A safe, supportive space for you to talk about your body image and/or disordered eating concerns, explore and gain insight into your body image and/or disordered eating concerns, and engage in activities that help you move toward self-acceptance. 

Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse*

Offered Wednesdays, 1 to 2:30pm; 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

A safe space for individuals to work through and get support related to the trauma of molestation and incest.  Learn 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.

Understanding Self & Others*

Offered Tuesdays, 2 to 3:30pm and Mondays, 2:30 to 4pm; start date to be determined

A warm & supportive environment in which you can explore new ways of relating to others, connect through sharing personal experiences, and gain insight into yourself.

We're First

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

Safe space for first generation college students to discuss the challenges they face and receive guidance and support in navigating those challenges. If you're the first person in your family to go to college, among the first in your family to pursue a B.A., the first in your family to attend college in the U.S., or you identify as a first generation college student in any other way, this group is for you!

Women's Support*

Offered Fridays, 10 to 11:30am; start date to be determined

A supportive space for women to explore issues related to being a woman in our society.

Writers Block*

Offered Wednesdays, 1:30 to 3pm; start date to be determined

With the support of others, explore blocks that keep you stuck and unable to write.  Develop strategies for conquering writer's block.