Group Counseling

row of legs sitting together, inferring a group counseling session

Many students benefit from counseling in a group format where common concerns can be explored.

Get connected quickly and join a CAPS group today! CAPS groups are free and do not require health insurance. 

“If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” ― John E. Lewis

What is Group Counseling and Why Join?

Group counseling is a powerful and effective way for students to share, give and receive support, learn and heal.  Many students can benefit from counseling in a group format. 

Group works! In studies comparing group psychotherapy to individual therapy, group therapy has been shown to be as effective and sometimes even more effective than individual counseling. 

Group counseling offers the opportunity for students to learn new skills, to share concerns as well as inherent wisdom in a facilitated environment with other students. Some counseling groups are focused on common concerns, such as stress, anxiety and depression, relationships or emotion management struggles. Other groups offer an opportunity for students with a shared identity to gather and connect in community.  

CAPS Group FlyerWhat are the groups?

The CAPS Group Program's mission is to empower students through accessible, culturally affirming group therapy, psycho-educational skills, and strengths-based1 support groups that promote greater levels of personal health and collective well-being for the entire UC Berkeley community.  The CAPS Group Program strives to prioritize our shared humanity, collaborative care, and technological advances as tools for supporting a healthy campus culture. 

COVID-19 UPDATE:  if you are a student who is currently residing outside of California or outside of the United States, CAPS clinicians are unable to provide you with group counseling services at this time.  Please see the CAPS Off Campus Counseling Referrals webpage for more information and support getting connected with a counselor near you. 

Related Resource: Social Services Group Counseling.

1Strengths-Based Models in Social Work; McCashen, Wayne (2005) 

How to Get Started 

Option 1: Self Referral

Register on this EmailMe Form to get started!  Once you complete the brief form, the group facilitator will be in touch with you via your eTang portal to help you get started.  You can also sign up for any CAPS group via the eTang portal.

Option 2: Referral from a UHS Provider 

Some groups require a referral from a UHS clinician.  To get a referral, contact your UHS provider or call CAPS at (510) 642-9494 to get started.  

CAPS Group Feedback

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