Group Therapy


All students are invited to join CAPS online workshop series including the three session Anxiety Toolbox. You can request a consultation or referral and access our extensive website resources. You can also call CAPS All Hours 24/7, at 855531-0761.  Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is offering remote Single Session Therapy and brief individual and group teletherapy to students residing within California via a confidential platform. (State regulations prevent provision of therapy across state lines.) 

Fall 2020 Groups

Note that many of our groups start at the beginning of the semester and close to new members after the first meeting or two, so if you have questions about whether a group is still open to join, feel free to get in touch with CAPS during business hours at (415) 422-6352.


  • Understanding Self & Others #1 9:30 - 11:00 am: Better understand yourself and develop more satisfying relationships. Become aware of thoughts and feelings and how your background affects your relationships.

  • Therapy Unplugged 10:00-11:00 am: A safe and welcoming space where Black/African American students can get support with any issue that may be affecting their mental health, connect with similarly identified students, and develop skills to improve their psychological fortitude.
  • ACT for Anxiety and Depression 11:00 - 12:00 pm: Educational components, group discussion, and experiential exercises will enable you to identify your values and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. 
  • COVID and Connecting - Four Tuesdays from 1:30 to 2:45 pm in September and October (specific dates TBD): A 4-week group conducted via Zoom Health to provide support and coping skills around changes to our social lives due to COVID-19. Each meeting includes time for discussion, as well as ways to navigate social relationships and social media. 
  • ACoA: Reclaiming Self (Tuesdays/Time TBA): A safe, supportive, and confidential atmosphere for students who were raised in chaotic, unpredictable family environments affected by alcohol/drug addiction and/or serious illness.

 

  • Coping with COVID Anxiety - Four Wednesdays from 2:15 to 3:30 pm in late August and September (specific dates TBD): A 4-week group conducted via Zoom Health to provide support and coping skills around COVID-related anxieties. Each meeting includes time for discussion, as well as building coping skills.
  • Mindfulness & Stress Reduction 3:00 -4:30 pm:  This 4 session group will help you apply mindfulness to daily living to reduce stress. It will also teach skills for building self compassion and gratitude.  
  • Understanding Self & Others #2 (w/ Robin) 3:00 - 4:30 pm: Better understand yourself and develop more satisfying relationships. Become aware of thoughts and feelings and how your background affects your relationships.

 

  • #ThisIsCollege 11:00-12:00 pm: A three session group to provide support and specific tips to students adjusting to their first semester at USF. Topics will include homesickness, making new friends, and time management. 
  • Wise Mind: DBT Skills 11:00 - 12:30 pm: Manage emotions more effectively by addressing behavioral, emotional, and thought patterns that cause distress. Participants must be in concurrent individual therapy.
  • Gender and Sexual Diversity 2:00 - 3:00 pm: For students who identify across the LGBTQQI+ spectrum. Build connections and engage in discussion.

 

Benefits of Groups

  • Participating in a therapy or support group helps you realize you’re not alone. While it is true that each of us is unique, none of us is alone in our struggles. Group therapy reduces isolation by giving members a place to connect on similar issues. Thus, this type of healing modality can be especially valuable for individuals dealing with depression, social anxiety, loneliness, and life transitions.
  • Groups facilitate giving and receiving support. One misconception about groups is that members take turns receiving individual therapy from the therapist while others observe. Members are actually encouraged to provide each other support, feedback, and connection.
  • Groups help you find your “voice.” Participating in a therapy or support group can help you become aware of your own 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. They can share with a group of people who care about them and will listen.
  • Many CAPS groups are held on a weekly basis throughout the semester, a unique opportunity to receive weekly services through CAPS!
  • Group members often form close connections and maintain them after the group ends.