All Current Groups

Counseling Groups Fall 2022

CAPS offers two types groups: 1) Weekly groups, which require students to sign up for a quarter and attend weekly after a short screening meeting with the counselor(s) running the group, and 2) Drop-in groups, to which students can come any time with no screening appointment. For more info about a specific group, call the counselor(s) listed. 

Weekly Groups


Call CAPS to schedule a short screening appointment and sign up for the quarter.
Groups usually fill up by the second or third week of the quarter. We offer in person and zoom group options. Locations are listed on the CAPS Calendar


2:303:45 p.m.

General Support Group

Are you feeling overwhelmed, isolated, stuck, and/or scattered? This is a weekly space to connect with others about how we're managing. Whether social or academic stresses, global or community concerns - let's talk about how these all impact us, and how we can take care of ourselves and of each other.

Julia Ragen, PsyD

(831) 502-8029


10:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.

Anxiety Skills Group

Is anxiety coming between you and your goals? Learn helpful skills to manage anxious thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations in a safe and supportive group setting.

Richard Enriquez, Ph.D.

(831) 459-4799


11:45 a.m.1:15 p.m.

Living with Loss

A supportive environment where students
can connect through learning about
honoring grief and loss issues while
managing academic demands.

Susan Gulbe Walsh, Ph.D.

(831) 459-2377


1:303:00 p.m.

Healing After Sexual Assault

A group designed to provide a supportive and safe environment for students who have experienced sexual assault as an adult to share experiences, connect with others, and receive support in regaining a greater sense of control and empowerment in their lives.

Danielle Smith, Ph.D.

(831) 459-5388


11:00 a.m12:30 p.m.


3:004:30 p.m.

DBT-Based Skills For Managing Intense Emotions

A group for students who are struggling with emotions that are so intense or overwhelming that they lead to problems like self-harm, thinking about suicide, or instability in relationships. DBT skills groups can help you learn new, evidence-based ways of handling intense emotions, and reduce the troubling behaviors and other struggles that go with them, so that life feels more worth living.


Audrey Kim, Ph.D.

(831) 459-1373


Danielle Smith, Ph.D.

(831) 459-5388 &

Sophia Hawkins, M.A.

(831) 502-7220


2:304:00 p.m.

Body Image Group

Do you find yourself overly focused on your appearance? Does it cause you to feel self-critical, stressed, anxious? This group is designed to help you better understand and learn strategies to shift negative body image in a supportive, confidential setting.

Niki Severson, LCSW

(831) 459-2753

Molly Allgood, Psy.D.

(831) 459-5446

View CAPS Calendar 

Graduate Women’s Group

A supportive place for female identified graduate students to talk about the stressors of being a grad student, both personal and professional. Common topics include relationship with faculty and peers, Imposter Syndrome, procrastination, and how to have a life outside of grad school.

Audrey Kim, Ph.D.

(831) 459-1373


4:005:15 p.m.

S.E.R (Sanar Emociones Y Relaciones/

Healing Emotions and Relationships

This virtual support group is for Latinx students who want to deepen self-understanding, enhance self-care, and learn ways to navigate difficult relationships.  

Erica Lopez, LMFT

(831) 459-2628


1:152:45 p.m.

Undergraduate Women’s Group

A confidential space for female-identified undergraduate students who would like the support of other women in exploring relationships, self-image, self-esteem, school, family, and other issues.

Tara Cryderman, Psy.D.

(831) 459-2753

Kim Nguyen, M.A.

(831) 502-7192


4:00 5:00 p.m.

Black LGBT Group

A space where you can be all of your identities at once and completely accepted for who you are. This is also a space where you can discuss the concerns unique to being LGBT and African, Black and Caribbean and build community simultaneously.

Jacquelyn Rabouin, LMFT, Ph.D.

(831) 459-2220

Lain Lease, LMFT

(831) 459-1476


3:30 p.m5:00 p.m.

Graduate Men’s Group

A support group for male graduate students who wish to come together to discuss the challenges of being a grad student. This group is participant driven, with the goal of fostering a deeper sense of community while exploring personal, academic, and professional concerns.

Richard Enriquez, Ph.D.

(831) 459-4799


4:005:00 p.m.

Black Women's Group

A group for students who identify as female and African, Black and Caribbean to discuss and share feelings about the trials and triumphs of being a self-identified black woman in 2022. Topics for discussion will include the challenges of relationships, finances,family, school, weight, self-esteem, and loss, as examples.

Jacquelyn Rabouin, LMFT, Ph.D.

(831) 459-2220


Drop-in Groups


No sign-up required—come any week! Please see CAPS Calendar for meeting information.

View CAPS Calendar for dates and times

So, You Think You Have ADHD: Now What?

For students who suspect they have ADHD, have never been diagnosed, and want to explore options for treating their symptoms

Christine Merriman, MSW, LCSW

(831) 459-2649 


View CAPS Calendar for dates and times 

Case Management Drop-In Groups

Brief confidential check in with a case manager to discuss topics such as off campus referrals, insurance, resources on and off campus, or psychological testing. No appointment needed. 

Case Management Staff 


2:003:00 p.m.
Starting 10/12

Black Minds Matter

An opportunity for students to discuss current events that affect the black community (hybrid: in person and zoom)

Jacquelyn Rabouin, LMFT. Ph.D.

(831) 459-2220


10/6, 11/3 and 12/1

Parent-Student Support Group

A supportive environment for those struggling with the unique challenges of parenting while being a student.

Susan Gulbe Walsh Ph.D.

(831) 459-2377


2:30–3:00 p.m.


11:0011:30 a.m.

30-Minute Mindfulness 

Are you struggling with stress and anxiety, problems with concentration and focus, depressed mood, effects of trauma? The latest research indicates that our brains can get stuck in "fight/flight" or "freeze" mode.  Drop-in to learn more about the brain and practice mindful exercises so you can function at your best!

CAPS Staff

View the CAPS Calendar 

Psychiatry 101: Is it Right for Me?

For students who have never taken psychiatric/psychotropic medication and have questions and/or concerns about seeking psychiatry care.

Christine Merriman, MSW, LCSW

(831) 459-2649 

*Requires referral from a Clinician

Case Management Drop-in Hours

The schedule posted above and our CAPS GOOGLE CALENDAR are updated at the beginning of fall, winter, and spring quarters and provide the schedule and description of the groups we are currently offering.

Groups that are offered each quarter vary, but typical groups offered by CAPS may address the following:

  • Anxiety issues
  • Eating problems and body image
  • Grief and loss
  • How one relates to oneself and/or other people
  • LGBTQI identity and concerns
  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • Sexual trauma
  • Student of color identity and concerns
  • Support and discussion around general issues for women

To get started with most of our groups, contact the CAPS main office or the counselor facilitating that group (listed on the group schedule page), who will talk to you about the group to make sure that it would be appropriate for your needs and prepare you for the group experience. This contact will give you an opportunity to decide if the group is a good choice for you. Most of our groups require that you sign up at the beginning of a quarter and attend weekly for that quarter. For drop-in Zoom or in-person groups, you can just show up any week with no prior sign-up.

Sign-up for weekly groups usually happens in the first week or two of each quarter, so be sure to contact us before groups fill up and close for the quarter.

Please call CAPS at (831) 459-2628 for more information or if you require a disability accommodation for a group.