Each Semester, CAPS offers a variety of therapy groups, support groups, drop-in discussion groups and wellness workshops. Interested in a group? Please call CAPS at 707-664-2153 for more information.


Spring 2017 Groups

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

  • 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 at avilai@sonoma.edu with questions.

Transcending Boundaries: Gender Identity Discussion Group
Drop in, Wednesdays 12-1 pm, 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. Contact Dr. Andrew Kerlow-Myers kerlowmy@sonoma.edu for information.

Survivors of Sexual Assault
Sign up at CAPS

  • This group provides a confidential and safe space for survivors of sexual assault to discuss their concerns and receive support. It also provides the opportunity for survivors to become involved in prevention and awarenessPlease contact Dr. Theresa Hozian at hozian@sonoma.edu for information.

Meditation for stress, anxiety, and awakening
Drop in, Monday, 12-1pm, International Hall RM 203

  • Come learn to reduce stress and anxiety. Learn to center yourself even in difficult situations. Develop more creative responses to life's challenges. Contact Dr. Andrew Kerlow-Myers at kerlowmy@sonoma.edu with questions.

Anxiety and Depression Skills Group
Thursdays, 11-12:30pm, Contact CAPS to join

  • This is a 9 week group designed to teach skills for managing anxiety and depression. In this group you will learn tools to improve your mood via activities, thoughts, and social interactions. Contact Dr. Simone Heron-Carmignani at heroncar@sonoma.edu for information.

Pathways Through Grief and Loss
Group 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. Contact Dr. David Gatta gatta@sonoma.edu for information.

People of Color Support Group
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 Sonoma State. Please contact Dr. Rociel Martinez at martiroc@sonoma.edu for information.

Dating in a Digital World
Tuesday 12-1pm, Contact CAPS to join

  • This is a therapy group that focuses on understanding sex and dating in the era of social media. The group will provide a safe and welcoming environment for students of all gender expressions to explore and learn how to express and communicate feelings, thoughts, and desires more effectively. Contact Dr. Hozian at hozian@sonoma.edu for information.

Common Thread: LGBTQ+ Support and Process Group
Group forming now, Contact CAPS to join

  • "Common Thread" is a support and process group designed to provide a safe and confidential space for SSU students who identify as LGBTQ+. The group will co-create a supportive and affirming environment where members can share their common experiences, deepen their self-understanding, and explore topics based on student needs. Areas of focus might include: intersections of identity, coming out and being out, navigating heteronormative and/or binary spaces, dating/hook-up culture, campus & larger socio-political climate, stress management, coping skills, self-acceptance, spirituality, and family relationships. Contact Dr. Avila-Saiter at avilai@sonoma.edu for information.

All regularly matriculated SSU students, who pay the mental health services fee, are eligible for group meetings. Some groups require pre-registration at CAPS. If you are interested in participating in a CAPS group, please contact the front desk at (707)664-2153.


Here are some frequently asked questions about Group Therapy at CAPS:

What is group counseling and can it help me?

Each semester, CAPS offers a variety of group therapy experiences. 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 at the CAPS 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 in the group immediately. 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 is not 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 mental health services fee and are currently enrolled at Sonoma State University are eligible for counseling services.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost for services at CAPS.