Groups are a great way for students to connect with peers, learn new skills and strategies, and grow both emotionally and educationally!  

We offer numerous types of groups that get students interacting and connecting to help each other.

Groups are often the most effective way to

  • gain support and encouragement from others;
  • learn how you are perceived by others;
  • gain specific skills to improve your life;
  • develop relationship skills.

Ground rules, including confidentiality, are typically established with group members to help promote trust. For most benefit, consistent attendance is strongly encouraged. Read Debunking Myths about Group Therapy to learn more about how group works. 

Call 408-924-5910 to sign up!  


Spring 2016 Groups

Support Groups


Estamos Unid@s                                                                                 Mondays | 5 - 6:30 pm 

Estamos Unid@s is a support group for Chican@/Latin@ students that addresses cultural concerns in a university environment, community-building, transitional issues between family and university life, ways to succeed academically and socially, and peer mentoring. Facilitator: Cynthia Medina

LGBTQQA Discussion Group (PRIDE Center)                                                  CLOSED

Join us in a safe, affirming space to connect with people in the LGBTQQIA community and discuss various themes and topics. Facilitators: Leilani & Polina

MEN: Meaningful Explorations and Networking                                            CLOSED

This group provides an opportunity for men to talk about issues they commonly face while receiving support and feedback from other men. A safe, confidential space will be provided to allow members to explore topics in-depth, with the goal of increasing self-awareness and life satisfaction. Facilitators: Karisman & Liang

Women’s Group                                                                                                           CLOSED

A supportive environment for women to talk, explore and grow. Topics can include stress, balance, relationships, school, work, identity, self esteem/confidence, body image, culture and many many more. Facilitators: Colleen & Irene

Mindful Living and Coping Skills


CALM: Calming Anxiety, Living Mindfully                                  Tuesdays | 12 - 1 pm (5/3 & 5/10)

Feeling a bit stressed, worried, or more anxious lately? Students will gain valuable skills to effectively manage stress, reduce feelings of anxiety, and increase confidence. Just arrive at the main CAPS waiting room by 12 pm. All students welcome. Facilitators: David E & Jason 

Contemplating Change                                                                     Tuesdays | 1 - 2:30 pm

Ambivalence to change is normal. This group recognizes that addictive behaviors (e.g. substance use, binge eating, shopping, or internet use) have benefits as well as consequences, and is open to anyone interested in the motivation and skills to change any addictive or undesirable behavior. Facilitators: Stephanie 

Cool, Calm, & Connected                                                            Wednesdays | 3 - 4:30 pm

If you are one of many people who struggle with talking to people in various social contexts, come join us in a safe, supportive space to learn and practice tools and techniques for managing social anxiety. Build confidence and work towards increased connectedness with others through practicing in this safe space together. Facilitators: Leilani & Tony

Health and Wellness                                                                                                  CLOSED 

This 8-week structured, skills-focused group is designed to help students overcome mild to moderate anxiety, depression, and/or stress. Participants will learn stress management skills and relaxation skills, cognitive skills to combat negative thinking, and practical ways to decrease anxiety, alleviate depression, and improve relationships. Facilitator: Cynthia Medina

Mind Over Mood                                                                                                           CLOSED

Come learn new skills to cope with and prevent future depressive symptoms during the 6-week long group (3/16 ~ 4/27). Through mindful awareness, we will learn how to shift our relationship to the thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations that contribute to depressive symptoms. Facilitators: Yu-Ping & Ron

Mindfulness in Action                                                                 Thursdays | 11 - 12:30 pm

Interested in gaining greater self-awareness and understanding our impact on others?  During this weekly workshop series, come learn about how to actively apply mindfulness in everyday life. Come explore your values and multiple identities through step-by-step instruction, education, and live practice. Facilitators: Alex & Tony

Wise Mind                                                                                               Tuesdays | 3 - 4:30 pm

Want to learn new skills for coping with difficult emotions, tolerating distress, and managing your relationships? This group focuses on approaches and techniques to be more effective in these important areas of your life. New coping skills will be taught each week! Facilitators: David E & Polina

Yoga Mind (Sport Club Dance Studio A)                                          Tuesdays | 3 - 4 pm

Come to gain the ability to skillfully hold or absorb challenging experiences, including thoughts and feelings through holding the yoga postures. A new topic will be explored each week in a structured, workshop style where yoga and psychological information will be an interwoven experience to feed the heart and mind. Facilitators: Dianna

Interpersonal Groups


Understanding Self and Others                                                Multiple Times and Days

Members build relationships, become more aware of how they interact with others, and learn how to cope more effectively with interpersonal challenges in a safe, supportive environment. Two groups are available. Facilitators group I: Stephanie & Jason (CLOSED), Group II: Steve & Dianna (CLOSED)