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Counseling Services

Group Counseling

Counseling and therapy groups provide a safe environment for you to learn more about yourself and your interactions with others. Each semester CAPS offers a variety of groups including general counseling groups, women's issues, grief issues, interpersonal issues, and many others. 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 screening appointment.

Most groups are held at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) in Brotman Hall, Room 226 (BH-226).

Groups at CAPS

Listed below is a selection of groups that are currently being offered at CAPS (Fall, 2018). Not all groups are offered every semester. Please call CAPS at 562-985-4001 if you would like more information about group therapy at CAPS.

Therapy Groups:

Understanding Self and Others

This counseling group provides participants with a safe and confidential place 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.

  • Wednesdays, 3:30pm-5:00pm
  • Ashley Bradley & Lina Chmiel
  • OR
  • Fridays, 1:30-3:00pm
  • Beth Sullivan & Amina Simmons

Shared Experiences:  A Women’s Support Group

This group is designed for women who are interested in sharing and exploring issues related to their personal growth, interpersonal concerns, and empowerment in a supportive environment. Topics may include: self-esteem, identity, interpersonal relationships, mental health, communication, body image, and sexuality.

  • Tuesdays, 2:00pm-3:30pm
  • Abby Bradecich & Rachel Falco

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

This group is designed for women who are interested in exploring cultural expectations on their identities, roles within their family, and dating, career, and personal choices.

  • Wednesdays, 2:00pm-3:15pm
  • Lesley Graves

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, 11:00am-12:15pm
  • Lauren Jensen

Drop-In Groups:

Latinas @ The Beach: A Space to Connect with Other Latinas

  • Thursdays, 2:00pm-3:00pm
  • University Student Union (Room 306)
  • Rosa Moreno-Alcaraz

Rainbow Café: An Inclusive Space in Support of Sexual and Gender Diversity

Rainbow Café is a place to connect with LGBTQIA2SP students at CSULB in support of sexual and gender diversity. Ask questions, share ideas, and enjoy good conversation. Discussion topics and activities relate to what it means to be you, your experiences on campus, and the ways in which our expectations of others are communicated within our communities. Hot tea and snacks provided.

  • Mondays, 3:30-5:00pm
  • Multicultural Center (FO3 Rm 2)
  • Lauren Jensen

SisterFriends: Networking Group for Black Women

  • Thursdays, 1:00pm-2:30pm
  • Women's Gender and Equity Center (WGEC, LA1 Room 102)
  • Pamela Ashe & Ashley Bradley

Individual and Group Counseling

CAPS offers short term, one-on-one counseling for students whose concerns require individual attention. Group counseling is provided to address interpersonal and developmental concerns. Your counselor will assist in identifying and understanding the issue and will strive to help you make positive changes.


Psychoeducational presentations are provided throughout the year. CAPS offers consultation, training, and education on academic and interpersonal topics to enhance student success and provote mental health. Presentations can be designed to meet a specific group's needs, and can be given on topics such as stress management, healthy relationships and self esteem.

Also, see our counseling programs & workshops, which focus on personal development.