Group Therapy

Groups and workshops are not being held during summer 2022. Please check back
at the start of fall for our fall 2022 semester group schedule.

Spring 2022 groups will be held remotely through secure video. Note that group times may change, or groups may be canceled based on demand and other factors. Please contact CAPS at (415) 422-6352 or -6351 during business hours if you have any questions or to sign up. While therapy groups can only be offered to students residing in California, due to state licensure laws, all USF students, regardless of location, are invited to join CAPS' online workshops.

Spring 2022 Groups

All spring groups have ended.

Note that most of our groups start in the first few weeks of the semester and are closed to new members after the first few weeks. All are held via Zoom. The following drop-down section lists the groups available this semester and when they are held.

  • AAPI (Asian/Asian American and Pacific Islander) SupportThis group will offer a safe and supportive space for self-identified AAPI students to connect with one another, discuss shared challenges and experiences, and reflect on personal strengths, moments of joy, and various ways of healing within our community. Focus of the group each week will be determined by students in the group; facilitated by two AAPI clinicians at CAPS, Dr. Amrisha Prakash and Lisa Quach, LCSW. Register online at by February 23rd.
    Wednesdays, 3:15–4:00 pm, 3/2/22–3/23/22
  • ACT for Anxiety and Depression: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) helps people identify their core values and commit to taking actions in line with them, while accepting discomfort and things they cannot change. Mindfulness meditation and changing unhelpful thought patterns are emphasized as well.
    Thursdays, 1:10–2:30 pm, 3/3/22–4/28/22
  • Grief Support: This is a weekly support group for students who are grieving the death of a loved one in the past couple of years. The group will focus on discussion and processing, with some rituals and coping tools provided as well.
  • Heal and Connect: Survivors Group: This group provides a supportive environment and confidential space to discuss the multiple ways sexual assault or intimate partner violence can affect one's life. We will discuss common reactions to trauma, internal and external resources, coping skills, and grounding. We will utilize a culturally sensitive and trauma-informed approach to talk about strengths and challenges that survivors might experience in their healing process.
    Thursdays, 1:15–2:30 pm, 2/27/22–4/7/22
  • Understanding Self & Others: An interpersonal process group that is ideal for students who wish to better understand themselves and their relationships with others, whether that be with family, friends, colleagues, or romantic partners. Through actively discussing the process of members and facilitators engagement in the group, members become more aware of their feelings and reactions and those of others in the moment. Over time, students begin to better understand themselves, their interpersonal style, and their relationship patterns and develop ways to improve their relationships, and, by extension, their emotional experience in general. This group is ideal for a broad range of students with interpersonal concerns, including those who are coping with social anxiety or difficulties adjusting to a new environment.
    Wednesdays, 2:00–3:15 pm

Benefits of Groups

  • Groups help you realize you’re not alone and reduce isolation. While each of us is unique, none of us are alone in our struggles.
  • Groups facilitate giving and receiving support. In support, discussion, and process groups, members share their experiences and give and receive feedback and support from the facilitators and other members.
  • Groups help you find your “voice.” Participating in a group can help you become more aware of your feelings and needs and learn effective ways of expressing them.
  • Groups help you relate to others in healthier ways. Often people don’t understand why their relationships aren’t working. Groups provide the opportunity for you to see how you relate to others in real time and receive direct feedback.
  • Groups provide a safety net. As members learn and practice skills in a group, their confidence for practicing them in other situations grows. Members also carry the group's support with them between meetings.
  • Many CAPS groups are held on a weekly basis throughout the semester, and students are not limited to a set number of group meetings per year, as they are with brief individual therapy appointments.