Group Counseling at CAPS

Every semester CAPS offers services in a group format. Group counseling is a form of counseling in which a small number of people meet together under the guidance of professionally trained therapists to help themselves and one another. Each of us has been raised in group environments, either through our families, schools, organized activities or work. These are the environments in which we grow and develop as human beings. Group counseling helps people learn about themselves and improve their interpersonal relationships. It provides a place for you to come together with others to share problems or concerns, to better understand your own situation and to learn from and with each other. Group works! In studies comparing group counseling to individual counseling, group has been shown to be as effective and sometimes even more effective than individual therapy. If you have ever been curious about group services or often ask yourself any of the questions below group may be a good fit for you.

  • Have questions about who you are or how others perceive you
  • Find yourself playing the same role in relationships and you want to change this
  • At times despite your wanting to get closer to people you find this hard
  • Challenging others or advocating for yourself is a struggle
  • Feeling "different" from others
  • Feel a sense of shame as a result of a current issue/ circumstance or past experiences
  • Social situations bring up feelings discomfort
  • Have a view of yourself that is overly critical or harsh

Like all other CAPS clinical services groups are held in a confidential setting with mental health professionals. A brief screening with the group leader(s) may be required prior to becoming a member. If you are interested in a group, come in or call to schedule a group preview appointment.

Therapy Groups

Clients need to be referred to these groups by a CAPS clinician, please contact CAPS at 562-985-4001 for more details if interested. 


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Finding Your Calm: Tools for Coping with Anxiety

Six-week structured group designed to teach effective strategies for coping with anxiety using cognitive-behavioral techniques, mindfulness, and self-compassion. 

  • Mondays 11am—12:15pm 
  • Lauren Jensen, Ph.D. 


Moving Between Worlds: A Support Group for Asian Pacific American Womxn 

For womxn interested in exploring cultural expectations regarding identities, roles within family, dating, career, and personal choices. 

  • Thursdays 3:00 – 4:30pm
  • Diane Hayashino, Ph.D.  


Grieving with Grace 

For students who have experienced the recent or past death of a loved one and are seeking ways to cope with the grief/loss process. 

  • Fridays 10:30am-12pm
  • Clarissa Green-Anicich, Psy.D. 


Understanding Self and Others 

In a safe and energizing group of peers, learn more about yourself and work on interpersonal goals to help you have more effective and more intimate relationships with others.  

  • Mondays 1:30-3pm | Beth Sullivan, Psy.D. and Edith Garcia, M.A. 
  • Wednesdays 3:30pm-5pm | Abby Bradecich, Psy.D. and Yeji Son, M.A. 
  • Fridays 1:30-3:00pm | Shelly Collins, Ph.D. and Rafael Garcia, M.A. 

Workshop Groups


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CAPS Workshop Groups are designed to build understanding and skills in a 3- or 4- week workshop format. Clients need to be referred to these groups by a CAPS clinician, please contact CAPS at 562-985-4001 for more details. 

Anxiety Toolbox 

This 3-week workshop is designed to help you enhance your understanding of anxiety as well as develop new strategies to better recognize and manage symptoms you may be experiencing.

  • Tuesdays 2-3pm
  • Facilitated by Lesley Graves, Ph.D. and Edith Garcia, M.A.  


Resiliency Reboot 

More than ever, thriving rather than surviving is necessary in our changing world. In this 4-week group you’ll learn several strategies to strengthen your resilience and increase coping. If you are new to campus or would like to connect with others this group may be helpful to you.

  • 4 sessions: Mar. 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 1:30-2:45pm 
  • Facilitated by Shelly Collins, Ph.D.  


Relationship Rehab 

This is a 4-week coaching group focused on strategies to improve success in interpersonal interactions. Participants will learn critical skills for achieving relational health, will share their stories, and affirm the experience of others. Each week participants will develop a challenge unique to their relational goals.

  • 4 sessions: Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 1:30-2:45pm 
  • Facilitated by Shelly Collins, Ph.D. 


Sleep Soundly

This 3-session group offers sleep improvement and anti-insomnia strategies. The goal is to teach techniques that will facilitate a more restful, rejuvenating sleep, as well as improve your sleep schedule so that it maximizes your quality of life.

  • 3 sessions: Apr. 10, 17, and 24 from 1:30- 2:45pm
  • Facilitated by Shelly Collins, Ph.D. 


Mood Masters 

This 3-week workshop is for students who want to learn and practice new strategies for managing overwhelming emotions. Each week’s content will build upon the previous week, introducing effective skills in distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and mindfulness.

  • Thursdays 1:00-2:00pm 
  • Facilitated by Lesley Graves, Ph.D.