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Counseling and Psychological Services, CAPS
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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).

Therapy Groups

Listed below is a selection of groups that are currently being offered at CAPS (Fall, 2017). 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.

Understanding Self and Others

This group provides participants with a safe and confidential place to receive help with interpersonal concerns, experience personal growth, share common struggles, improve self-understanding and receive support and feedback from others.

  • Tuesdays 2:00-3:30pm OR Fridays 1:30-3:00pm
  • Abby Bradecich & Caela Day
  • Beth Sullivan & Megan Mansfield

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 and empowerment in a supportive environment.Topics may include: self-esteem, identity, interpersonal relationships, communication, body image, and sexuality.

  • Wednesdays 3:30-5:00pm
  • Pamela Ashe & Rachel Fader

Finding Your Calm: Tools for Coping with Anxiety

  • Mondays 11:00am-12:15pm
  • Lauren Jensen

Latinas @ The Beach: A Latina Women's Support Group

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

Rainbow Café

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.

SisterFriends: African-American Women's Support Group

  • Thursdays 1:00-2:30pm
  • 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.