Groups provide a safe environment in which you can experiment with new behaviors, improve communication skills, and receive feedback from other students with similar concerns and interests. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has an extensive Group Program with updated offerings each quarter. Some groups focus on specific skills and themes while others provide support for specific groups of students. Some of the groups offered by CAPS require that you complete an initial intake session with one of the group leaders in order to carefully assess appropriateness of the group for your needs. Other groups are considered "drop-in groups" and have no requirements for participation beyond current registration as a UCSB student. Click here for more information about groups offered this quarter at CAPS.
Why would someone choose Group Counseling instead of Individual?
Research has documented group therapy's power in helping people with many types of issues. Some of the benefits of group are: