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Counseling Services Events

Fall 2022 Drop-In Groups

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 drop-in 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. 


ADHD Support Group

This drop-in group is hosted by Counseling Services.  Students with a current or potential diagnosis of ADHD are welcome to give and get support around the impact of this diagnosis on daily functioning.  Please email Dr. Isaac Brandt with additional questions or for more information. 

  • Facilitator: Isaac Brandt, Ph.D.
  • Date: Fridays 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location: Zoom Link

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. 

  • Facilitator: Shawna Dobson, LMFT
  • Date: Thursdays 11:10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location: Zoom Link

Graduate Student Support Space

This weekly group is a space for graduate students to connect, share and learn from other students going through similar circumstances. Graduate students can discuss a wide range of topics, some of which might include academics, stress management, relationships, career, cultural concerns, and coping

  • Facilitators: Various
  • Date: Fridays, 10:10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Location: Zoom Link

ROOTS (Raclaiming Our Origins Through Self-Exploration: A BIPOC Support Group)

A drop-in space for BIPOC students to explore their intersecting identities and gain support through shared stories in the current political climate. Students will gain support through building community and fostering resilience. Each session will start with a reflection exercise followed by exploration through group dialogue.

  • Facilitators: Ana Cabezas, Psy.D. and Diana Menendez, Psy.D.
  • Date: Wednesdays 11:10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
  • Location: Alternates virtual and in-person 
    • Held in-person (9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/09, 11/30) @ Counseling Services (Bld. 27)
    • Held virtually (Held Virtually (10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16) via Zoom

Wise Minds: A DBT Life Skills Group

Do you ever feel overwhelmed or confused about what you are feeling and why? Have you noticed you’re not feeling as present in your life and are not enjoying things as much as you used to? Is it hard for you to recognize your needs or share your needs with others? Then Wise Minds: A DBT Life Skills Group may be right for you! Drop-in for the first time to any of the 8 weeks we meet. Each meeting in 90 minutes (must join at start time for entry).

  • Facilitators: Sarah Colwell, Psy.D. and Cheri Love, MS
  • Date: Fridays, 10:10 - 11 a.m.
  • Location: Zoom Link

More info: 

We have 4 topics (see below) that each have two different sessions. For more info, email Dr. Sarah Colwell (she/they) at

  • Getting Present (Oct. 7th & Nov. 4th) – Do you feel like you are constantly in autopilot? Is it difficult to connect meaningfully to the moment when you’re feeling stressed? Learn the Wise Mind Skill of Mindfulness and how it can help enhance your relationship with yourself and your world.   

  • Calming the Overwhelm (Oct. 14th & Nov. 18th) – Are your typical coping strategies of calming your overwhelm or big feelings not working reliably anymore. Learn the Wise Mind Skill of Distress Tolerance to help you soothe yourself when it all feels like too much.   

  • Understanding your Emotions (Oct. 21st & Dec. 2nd) – Are emotions uncomfortable or confusing to you? Learn the Wise Mind Skill of Emotional Regulation to learn how to use your emotions as a helpful guide as you navigate your current circumstances.   

  • Building Healthy Relationships (Oct. 28th & Dec. 9th) – Is it hard for you to express yourself and your boundaries with other people? Learn the Wise Mind Skill of Interpersonal Effectiveness to enhance your ability to communicate who you are and what you need to others.   

Access worksheets for group here: Wise Minds Drop-in Group Worksheets.

Yoga for Mental Health

Come join Isaac Brandt, PhD RYT, for a free drop-in yoga class focused on increasing mindfulness and improving mental health. Each week class will offer support as needed for the yoga postures and/or mental health support if anything comes up as you mindfully connect with yourself. 

Please bring something to practice on (mat, blanket, towel, etc.). Also - there will be some mat giveaways randomly during the quarter!?

  • Facilitator: Isaac Brandt, Ph.D., RYT
  • Date: Thursdays, 3:10 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
  • Location: Campus Health and Wellbeing (CH&W): Front Lawn (adjacent to the rock cimbing wall).

Special Fall 2022 Events


Stress-Less with CH&W Activity Self-Care Space 

When: December 1st from 2-4 PM (drop-in anytime for as long as you desire) 

Where: Wellbeing Services Space (Building 27, Rm 10 AKA the bottom floor of the Health Center) 

By now you are likely deep into study mode for finals or have already started taking finals. Know Campus Health and Wellbeing (CH&W) is here for you! Join CH&W’s Counselors and Pulse Team Members for a self-care/destress activity space.  

  • From 2-3 PM Dr. Kim Andridge (she/they) will be there with puzzles and board games  
  • From 3-4 PM Cheri Love (she/hers) will guide you in the Art of Zentangling (a mindful form of doodling) 

This space is meant to be a chillout zone where you can talk or not talk, play or just hangout. We hope to see you there! For more information contact Dr. Sarah Colwell (she/they) at

If one-on-one talks are more your thing, check out our Let’s Talk confidential, drop-in spaces with a Counseling Services Counselor:


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