Personal Growth and Counseling Center

Groups and workshops

Groups and workshops offer structured and confidential spaces for students to discuss issues, share feelings, problem solve, and gain support. Many students use group to maintain a healthy well-being. 

Please complete the group interest form if you are an enrolled student and would like to join any of the PGCC groups. A group facilitator will contact you with information on how to join.

Group and Workshop Offerings

Building Mental Wellness Workshop 

Thursdays 1:30-2:45 p.m. February 15 - March 7

 Join this 4-week psychoeducational workshop to shape your mental health by learning simple habits of the body, mind, and heart.  These habits will help students develop and sustain mental wellness by developing tools to manage common mental health issues like depression and anxiety.

LGBTQ + Support Group

Wednesdays 3:30-5 p.m. Starting February 7

This mixed graduate and undergraduate group is for students who identify as sexual or gender minorities. This includes those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Questioning, Queer and other sexual minority identities. As well as those who identify Trans and gender nonconforming individuals. Members build relationships with others and themselves as they learn how to incorporate and build awareness to their sexual and/or gender identities. This is a closed group and limited to LGBTQ+ community members only. 

If you are interested in this group, your therapist can help you set up a brief screening appointment with the group facilitator you can email 

Outdoor Stress Management Workshops

Tuesdays 3:30-5 p.m.  April 9- April 30

This is a 4 week workshop series focusing on stress management techniques. Group members will meet at the PGCC to start, but all activities will be held outside on campus. If you are interested, email 

First Gen Proud Workshops

Wednesdays 2-3 p.m.  February 21 - March 13

Did you know that 50% of CSUMB students are first generation college students? If you are one of those proud students join a weekly offering of community and skill building. This is a 4 week workshop series focusing on self-care, stress management, balancing roles and responsibilities and other wellness topics.  Held in person at the PGCC, room 90. If you are interested, email 

Re-imagining Relationships

Thursdays 4-5 p.m. Starting February 15

Re-imagining Relationships is a group that will discuss all types of relationships, including platonic, dating, familial, romantic, sexual, peer, etc. We will explore how we draw lines between and within these relationships, where our notions about certain relationships come from, and why we act the way we do in them. Join us in supportive conversation across a broad range of topics that will help you deepen and expand your view of relationships. Held in person at the PGCC, room 90. 

Topics may include: Communication, relationship types & definitions, consent, relationship agreements, sex, attachment styles, non-monogamy/alternative relationship styles, jealousy & possessiveness, conflict styles, boundaries/deal-breakers/limits, co-dependency, cultural & societal messages about relationships.

Please reach out to the group facilitator, Chelle Tran, at should you have any questions.

Roots to Renewal through Ecotherapy

Mondays 3:30-5 p.m. Starting February 12

Join us for a group designed specifically for college students that are looking for a unique and transformative experience within the natural beauty around us. Intention of the group is to foster connections with yourself, your peers, and the natural world around you. The group will meet outdoors adjacent to the counseling center. Please reach out to the group facilitator, Amy Miller, at should you have any questions.

Surviving to Thriving

Mondays 3:30-5 p.m. Starting February 19

The Surviving to Thriving Support Group is for those seeking support from others during their healing journey in recovery from sexual abuse/sexual trauma. This is a confidential group for those who identify as women to gain support. Sharing one's  healing journey can help to recognize you are not alone and help to process the impacts of this experience on one's lives. 

If you are interested in this group, your therapist can help you set up a brief screening appointment with the group facilitators. During the brief screening appointment, you can ask questions about participating and group facilitators will have an opportunity to get to know you. Please reach out to the group facilitator, Stephanie Cordova, at should you have any questions.

Group counseling benefits

It is normal to feel unsure about joining a group, yet most students report the experience was helpful and far beyond their expectations. Students receive understanding, support, and encouragement from others facing similar issues. Groups are often the most effective way to:

  • Gain support and encouragement from others;
  • Gain new perspectives and ideas;
  • Gain specific skills to improve your life;
  • Develop relational skills.


The PGCC wishes to make group offerings accessible to people with disabilities. If you have disability-related needs, please contact our office at 831-582-3969 or email one to two weeks prior to the group.

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