Group Therapy

Please note that group meeting times may change, or groups may be canceled based on demand and other factors. This page will be updated regularly. Please contact CAPS at (415) 422-6352 during business hours if you have any questions.

All USF students, regardless of location, are invited to join CAPS' online workshop series, including the three-session Anxiety Toolbox and other one-time workshops. For USF students residing in California, CAPS is also offering group therapy, brief individual and couples therapy, and Single Session Therapy via phone or secure video; call CAPS during business hours for more info. (State regulations prevent provision of psychotherapy across state lines.)  Call CAPS during business hours for more information about services.

Fall 2020 Groups

Note that many groups start at the beginning of the semester and are closed to new members after the first meeting or two. To learn whether a group is still open to new members and how to join, call during business hours at (415) 422-6351 or -6352.

  • Understanding Self & Others #1: (with Stephie McGrath) 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.

  • ACoA: Reclaiming Self: 2:30–3:45 pm: 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.
  • 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: (with Robin Li) 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.

  • Therapy Unplugged: 4:00–5:00 pm: 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.
  • #ThisIsCollege: 1:00–2:00 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: 2:10 pm–3:10 pm: Manage emotions more effectively by addressing behavioral, emotional, and thought patterns that cause distress. Participants must be in concurrent individual therapy.
  • Trans and Non-Binary Support: 6:00–7:00 pm: For self-identified trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students to come together for grounding, connection, support, and healing. Facilitated by an ally.

  • ACT for Anxiety and Depression: 1:00–1:50 pm: Educational components, group discussion, and experiential exercises will enable you to identify your values and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Begins October 2nd. 
  • 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.