Spring 2018 Groups

All currently enrolled SSU students (that pay the CAPS fee) are eligible for group sessions. Some groups require pre-registration and others are on a drop-in basis.

Women of Color Collective
Drop in, Wednesdays, 12-1 pm, the HUB Cultural Center, Student Center, 2nd floor

  • Join us in creating community with SSU women of diverse and intersecting cultural identities. Share and be inspired by our collective stories and experiences in a confidential space. Explore, process, and empower each other! Contact Dr. Isa Avila Saiter with questions.

Transcending Boundaries: Gender Identity Discussion Group
Forming now, contact CAPS to join

  • This weekly discussion group provides a space to explore, receive support, and build community around your gender identity. Individuals identifying with any gender identities (or no gender identities) are welcome. Please contact Dr. Andy Kerlow-Myers for information.

Healing After Sexual Assault or Abuse
Wednesdays, 3-4 pm, Contact CAPS for details

  • This group is designed to provide a supportive, confidential space for survivors of sexual assault or abuse. Group members will have the opportunity to share experiences, support each other, and rebuild a greater sense of control and empowerment. Participants will learn about common reactions to assault or abuse, the ways in which it can impact life, and will develop skills for improved coping as part of the healing process.  Please contact Dr. Rociel Martinez for information.

Mindfulness for Stress and Anxiety
Drop in, Thursdays 10-11am, Schulz 1121

  • In this open, drop-in group you'll learn how to engage in mindfulness and self-compassion. Members will become more centered in the face of difficult situations and find a different way to cope with anxiety and stress. Contact Dr. Lauri Mills with questions.

Pathways Through Grief and Loss
Forming now, Contact CAPS to join

  • This group provides an ongoing healing space for those grieving a loved one or for those who have experienced a significant loss. Members will be a part of a supportive community that will facilitate the grief process through shared experience and mutual understanding. Please contact Dr. David Gatta for information.

People of Color Support Group
Forming now, Contact CAPS to join

  • The POC support group is a confidential, safe space to explore what it means to be a person of color on this campus. This group serves to validate students’ experiences, to provide an outlet for people of color to enhance their voices, and ultimately to promote their success at SSU. Please contact Dr. Rociel Martinez for information.

    Healing Through Art
    Forming now, Contact CAPS to join

  • You dont need to identify as an artist or writer to tap into the transformative power of creativity. This weekly group offers a space for artists and non-artists alike to explore and work through emotions via art.
  • Queer and Questioning
    Drop in, Tuesdays 12-1 pm, Stevenson 3038

    • An open, drop-in group for SSU students who identify within the wide and growing spectrum of the LGBTQ+ community or are questioning one's place within it. An affirmative, confidential space to share experiences, build community, support each other, and deepen self-understanding. Contact Dr. Isa Avila Saiter with questions.

    Understanding Self and Others
    Forming now, Contact CAPS to join

    • Members get feedback on how they come across to others while learning new ways to connect with people. Many report increased confidence and improvement in their relationships outside the group.
    • Women of Worth
      Forming now, Contact CAPS to join

      • This is a safe place for female SSU students to share their stories, receive/provide support, discuss challenges, and process feelings in a space just for women.



        What is group counseling and can it help me?

        In group therapy, you can count on the expertise of the counselors who facilitate the group, and you can also get to know other students who are experiencing similar issues as you. Groups are designed for students who want to understand themselves and others in greater depth. These may be students who have concerns about relationships with others, students who feel different from their peers because of the type of problem currently being experienced, and/or students who make choices based on what others want or expect instead of evaluating decisions for themselves.

        Can I trust that group counseling will be confidential?

        The CAPS staff is ethically committed to confidentiality and federal and state laws require it. That means that even your attendance in a group at CAPS is kept private and confidential by our staff. The issue of confidentiality is an important one which is always addressed at the first meeting. Group members are asked to make a commitment to protect each other by agreeing not to divulge details which would identify you outside of group. While it is okay to share your own group experience with friends or family,it's never okay to discuss other members in any way. While we at CAPS cannot provide you an absolute guarantee of confidentiality since we cannot control every group member, our experience indicates that students respect each other’s privacy, because they want their privacy respected in return. Several issues do not remain confidential and are based on the issue of protection. If someone appears to be planning harm to self (suicide), harm to others (homicide), or is aware of children, dependent adults, or elderly individuals who are being abused, the counselor is legally bound to break confidentiality in order to provide individuals the assistance they need.

        Who are the group therapists?

        Groups are led by doctoral level counselors who have training in group therapy and have expertise in the specific areas that the group has been designed for.

        How do I join a group and when does it start?

        Every semester, a variety of different groups are offered.  This webpage will be updated with the most current offering of CAPS groups.  If you are interested in joining a group, call 707-664-2153 for more information. Most groups start near the beginning of the semester, so be sure you call within the first 4-6 weeks of the semester. Some groups start mid-semester or have a kind of “rolling admissions” as the group has openings.

        Am I eligible for group counseling services?

        Students who pay the CAPS fee and are currently enrolled at Sonoma State University are eligible for counseling services.

        How much does it cost?

        All costs for CAPS services are covered by the $57/semester CAPS fee.