What is group therapy?

Group Therapy is a form of counseling where students come together and work on life issues in a shared way. CAPS Therapy Groups:

  • Are run by qualified CAPS Counselors, who are knowledgeable in interpersonal dynamics and in guiding individuals through various important life issues.
  • Provide a unique opportunity as they allow for group members to learn from, support, and help each other work on the group topic together. 
  • Are free to current CSUF students!
  • Are diverse in topics - see the list below!
  • Are typically 90 minutes in length.
  • Run in person on campus
  • Are private and confidential, and we ask that what is shared in group stays in group.
  • Require a committment to attending all sessions for the semester. (Not able to make it? Check out our Drop-In Groups that you can attend when it works for your schedule!)

Hooray! Here Are Your Spring 2023 Therapy Groups!
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Please note: All students must have an up-to-date assessment & screening appointment completed to be eligible for Group. An assessment & screening appointment can be scheduled by
contacting CAPS at
(657) 278-3040 .



Click to download the complete list of Spring Therapy Groups!

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Titan Pride: LGBTQ+ Support Group
3 - 4:30 p.m. | Start Date: March (exact date TBA)
Facilitated by: Joeline Navarro, M.S., LMFT

This group is designed to provide an affirming, safe, and empowering circle of support for students who identify as LGBTQ+ and those who are questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Discussions will be based on group members' needs and have typically included themes of exploring identities, unpacking feelings about labels, discussing what it means to "come out", navigating potential conflict with family, intersections of identities, healing internalized homophobia, safety concerns, concerns around employment, dating and meeting others in the community, and media/social representations of LGBTQ+ individuals.


Grief, Loss, and Healing Support Group
10 - 11:30 a.m. | Start Date: TBA
Facilitated by: Dr. Phi Loan Le & Samantha Cohen, M.A.

A safe and compassionate space that encourages and honors the individual grieving process of students who have experienced the death of a loved one. Through weekly meetings, students will: join with others who are also dealing with grief, explore the individual grief process, and learn coping strategies for healing. 


Your Best Self: Building Self Esteem & Confidence
10 - 11:30 a.m. | Start Date: March 21
Facilitated by: Jacquiline Mai, M.A., LMFT

Group members will learn tools that challenge their unhealthy thinking styles and their “inner critic” as well as explore early influences of self-esteem. Identifying strengths and positive traits will also be covered, with the goal of each member to dive deeper in understanding what self-love is, appreciating their own self-worth, freeing oneself from the jail of incessant judgment, and most importantly, becoming their best self.

GRIT: A Path to Academic Strength
2 - 3 p.m. | Start Date: February (exact date TBA)
Facilitated by: Jacquelyn Gerali, M.S., LPCC

Are you struggling academically? Know that academic struggles are NOT the sum of who you are. In GRIT, we will uncover what is underneath these struggles and formulate skills to combat stress and procrastination. Join us for this group as we walk alongside you and develop skills such as resiliency, time and stress management, and self-compassion.



Connections of the HeART
10 - 11:30 a.m. | Start Date: February 8
Facilitated by: Dr. Christina Carroll-Pavia

This group encourages members to build caring, genuine interpersonal connections and community through the process of creative art-making. Members are encouraged to express themselves through their art and words as a means of building support, processing emotional and relational struggles, and tapping into their own strengths. The goal is not to make “good art,” but instead to use the creative process as a vehicle for exploring and processing emotions and interpersonal concerns. No previous experience with art or art-making is required—just an openness to participating in the creative process as a means of personal growth.

Rise and Thrive
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Start Date: February 22 Facilitated by: Lolita Mariscal-Carrano, LCSW

This group is designed to help you process difficult and challenging life experiences that were caused by a distressing event. This space is here for you to develop coping techniques to successfully navigate the past for a more hopeful future, along with, working towards healing, being heard and developing supportive relationships.

Living an Authentic Life
1 - 2:30 p.m. | Start Date: March 1
Facilitated by: Jodie Shurtleff, LMFT & Nicole Davis, M.A.

This 10-session group therapy experience will let you: Challenge with courage, the way shame and fear show up in your life, dig deep and cultivate compassion for yourself and others, and develop connection by creating a community focused on insight and growth.

Featuring a curriculum by renowned author & TED-Talker Dr. Brene Brown!

Empowerment Support Group
2:30 - 4 p.m. | Start Date: February (exact date TBA)
Facilitated by: Dr. Jenna Ainis & Campus Advocates

This support group is open to all genders who have been impacted by intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and child abuse. Students will receive support, take part in healing activities, and increase their coping abilities. Students can feel free to share or not share their story while working through their struggles. This group is completely confidential, both in part by facilitators and students.




Yoga for Mental Health
4 - 5:30 p.m. | Start Date: March 2
Facilitated by: Joeline Navarro, M.S., LMFT

Yoga is a sacred practice that engages your mind, body, and spirit to help connect with your whole self and improve your well-being. During this group, we will engage in mindful breathing, yoga postures, and meditation to calm the nervous system, practice self-compassion, and cultivate a sense of peace. This group is designed to leave you feeling more relaxed, empowered, and connected. We will also take some time to process anything that may come up for you as you connect with yourself mindfully. All are welcome, no previous experience necessary.