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Groups 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. 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
  • Despite what know you still feel "different" than 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.

Online Therapy Groups

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Understanding Self and Others

  • This counseling group provides students with a safe and confidential space to receive help with interpersonal concerns and experience personal growth. The group will provide an opportunity to improve self-understanding as well as receive support and feedback from others.
  • Thursdays 2:00 - 3:30pm: Christine Ricohermoso-Shiaw, Psy.D. and Jaz Robbins, M.A.
  • Fridays 1:30 - 3:00pm: Abby Bradecich, Psy.D. and Sam del Castillo, M.A.

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

  • This group is for women who are interested in exploring cultural expectations on their identities, roles within their family, and dating, career, and personal choices.
  • Mondays 1:00-2:15pm: Diane Hayashino, Ph.D.

Finding Your Calm: Tools for Coping with Anxiety

  • This is a 6-week structured group designed to help you learn effective strategies for coping with anxiety using cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and acceptance based principles.
  • Mondays 11am—12:15pm: Lauren Jensen, Ph.D. 

Managing Mood: Tools for Coping with Depression

  • This group aims to help college students understand the symptoms of depression and how depression often occurs in an interpersonal context. Participants learn ways to resolve conflicts, negotiate with others, strengthen important relationships, and set boundaries in damaging relationships. 
  • Tuesdays 2-3:15pm: Clarissa Green-Anicich, Psy.D. 

Processing Grief 

  • This group is meant to help students cope with the often-uncertain terrain that comes along with the grief/loss process.  This is an opportunity for students to connect with others with unresolved grief due to recent or past death of a loved one.
  • Wednesdays 3:30pm-4:30pm: Nidia Moran Canales, Psy.D. and Karen Godinez Gonzalez, M.S.


  • This group’s purpose is to uplift and support BIPOC students as they experience racial trauma. Students learn critical skills for buffering the impacts of trauma and will have the opportunity to share their stories, bear witness to the experience of others, and become empowered by the collective spirit of the group.
  • Wednesdays 1-2:15pm: Shelly-Ann Collins, Ph.D. (Hybrid Group!! -in person and online)

Beach Parents

  • Connect with other pregnant and parenting students to share experiences and explore topics such as: self-care, balance, parenting, healthy relationships, identity, and campus resources.
  • Date/Time TBD: Abby Bradecich, Psy.D.

Online Workshop Groups

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CAPS Online Workshop Groups are designed to build understanding and skills in a 3-session workshop. All workshops come with a student workbook that will allow you to practice your skills in between sessions. All workshop groups will take place online through Zoom.

*All Dates in Bold indicates first group in the series.


Mood Masters: Healthy Strategies for Managing Overwhelming Emotions 

Mood Masters will help you examine old coping strategies you use that may be contributing to distress and provide you with tools to help you function more fully in your life. Learn new skills to tolerate distress, regulate emotions, and increase mindfulness. 
  • Wednesdays 1-2pm: Lesley Graves, Ph.D.
  • Feb 2nd, 9th, 16th
  • March 2nd, 9th, 16th

Anxiety Toolbox: Understand Anxiety Symptoms and Build Skills to Manage Anxiety

Anxiety Toolbox will increase your understanding of anxiety while also introducing skills to cope with stressors more effectively.
  • Christine Ricohermoso-Shiaw, Psy.D.
  • February, Tuesdays 11am-12pm: Feb 8th, 15th, and 22nd
  • March, Wednesdays 1pm-2pm: March 9th, 16th, and 23rd
  • April, Mondays 2pm-3pm: April 4th, 11th, and 18th

Relationships Workshop: Identify Ways to Foster Healthy Relationships

Relationship Workshop focuses on identifying ways to foster healthy relationships via self-monitoring, effective communication, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Date/Time TBD:  Amanda Trama, Ph.D.