Services Offered

Individual Counseling

The reasons for participating in counseling are many, and the counseling strategies employed also vary from counselor to counselor. Counseling at CAPS offers a safe, confidential environment where one can share thoughts and feelings, explore concerns, gain awareness, and make appropriate changes.

A short-term approach is incorporated at CAPS that is designed to facilitate symptom-reduction and a return to a previous, higher level of functioning. If there is uncertainty about whether counseling is for you, you are encouraged to schedule an appointment and discuss any reservations with one of the counselors--there is no obligation to continue.

Couples Counseling

Counseling and Psychological Services is committed to helping students work through relationship problems that may affect their academic performance.

Married and unmarried students are welcome to participate in couples counseling as long as one member of the couple is a currently enrolled student.


Group counseling provides a highly effective means of addressing personal concerns, either as a supplement to individual counseling work or in lieu of individual counseling.

Group counseling can be particularly beneficial for people who are concerned about how they relate to other people, or who feel isolated, depressed or anxious. Counseling and Psychological Services offers a variety of group counseling options each quarter to meet the specific needs and interests of the CSUSB student population.

Group days and times are determined by the needs of its members. All groups require prior registration. Please call CAPS at (909) 537-5040 to inquire about group start dates and times, or to schedule your appointment.

If interested, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services to set up a screening appointment to see if the group is a good fit for your needs at (909) 537-5040.

Spring Quarter 2016

Print the Spring Quarter 2016 Group Options (PDF)

The Women's Group | Mon 10:30 am–11:50 am

Women's Group is intended to be a safe, supportive, confidential place where female students can explore and work through their issues in an interpersonal context that accurately reflects real life.

Cultural Tea Time | Tues 10-11:30 am

A safe place for international students and their allies to explore common issues such as homesickness and connecting with others. Come learn coping strategies in addition to skills which will enhance personal and cultural growth, as well as academic success.

Meditation Group | Tues 12:30-1:30 pm

This group aims to introduce you to various forms of meditation that will increase awareness and compassion for self and others as well as reduce feelings of anxiety and disconnection. No prior experience necessary! Take part in this ancient practice that has been shown to improve both mental and physical well-being!

Courage, Compassion, Connection! | Tues 2-3:20pm

This group aims to help you cultivate courage so you can be emotionally honest with yourself and others, set boundaries, and allow yourself to be vulnerable. You will also increase your connection to others and nourish a resilient spirit. In embracing who you are rather than who you think you should be, you will grow in compassion toward yourself and others!

Overcoming Anxiety Group | Wed 10:30-11:50 am

This group is for students who want to find new ways to manage anxiety (including constant worries, social anxiety, obsessive thoughts, and panic attacks). Participants in this structured skills group will learn, discuss, and practice strategies designed to increase their understanding of anxiety and enhance coping resources.

Healing and Growing Through Grief | Wed 2-3:20 pm

This group provides opportunities for students to share personal grief experiences while also receiving support from others who have lost a loved one. Grieving can be a lonely, isolating experience, but it does not have to be. Come to this group to experience a process of growing through your grief while also celebrating the life of the one(s) who died.

The LGBTQQIAP Group | Thurs 2-3:20 pm

LGBTQQI Group provides a safe, empowering, and confidential space for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, or pansexual to receive support with identity, coming out, and relationship issues.

Understanding Self and Others | Thurs 4-5:30 pm

This interpersonal process group is for students who want to explore their own identity, find new ways to connect and communicate with others, and also understand what may be getting in the way of achieving these goals.

Veterans Support Group | Fri Noon-1:30 pm

Veterans Support Group provides a space for former service members from all branches (including current Reserves and National Guard and those who have deployed and those who have not) to come together to support each other as they make the transition from military life to civilian student life. This group provides an opportunity for veterans to serve other veterans.

Man to Man | Fri Noon-1:30 pm--New!

Come and share your experiences of being male in today's world. Learn about the challenges and pressures facing men and tools we use to improve the quality of our relationships, our work, our health and our lives.

AMAC (Adults Molested as Children) Group | Fri 2-3:30 pm

This group provides a safe, empowering, and supportive environment for survivors of childhood sexual abuse to continue to grow along the path to increased self-empowerment, decreased feelings of isolation, collective inner strength, and increased self-worth and healthy coping skills as survivors who thrive in life.


Contact Counseling and Psychological Services at (909) 537-5040 to schedule a consultation to join a group.


Do you have questions about what group therapy is and how you might benefit from it?
Check out this link to learn more about the process of group therapy. Group Therapy Information

Health & Wellness Workshops | Lower Commons

Sponsored by the Student Health Center and Counseling and Psychological Services. If in need of a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services three working days in advance at (909) 537-5040 or email us at

Remember--free pizza at every workshop!

Print the Health & Wellness Workshops for Spring 2016 (PDF)

Accepting Loss--Healing & Growing Through Grief

Losing a loved one is a universal human experience. Grieving involves working through a complicated but very normal and healthy process. Join us to gain an understanding of how we respond to loss and learn the ways we can accept and grow through the process of grieving and healing. Without this growth and healing our physical and mental well-being, relationships, school/work, creativity and personal contentment will likely be compromised. Attend to that you can learn and thrive!

Date: 04/06/16 - Wed 2-3 pm
Presenter: Terry Schmitt, Ph.D., CAPS Therapist
Location: Lower Commons, Panorama Room

How to Use Meditative Practices to Increase Self-Acceptance

The beginning of a new academic quarter can often lead you to feel overwhelmed and stressed. This workshop aims to address this anxiety by introducing you to various forms of meditation, an ancient technique that has been scientifiically proven to improve both mental and physical well-being. Come to learn more about the benefits of meditation and how mindfulness can be incorporated into your daily life! No previous experience in meditation is required.

Date: 04/12/16 - Tues Noon-1 pm
Presenter: Wendy Brower, LMFT, CAPS Therapist
Lower Commons, Panorama Room

Get to Sleep!

A common issue among college students is lack of sleep. Learn how to get to sleep faster, sleep more soundly, and experience a higher level of energy during the day. A variety of techniques will be presented. Students attending the workshop will receive a free sleep kit!

Date: 04/27/16 - Wed Noon-1 pm
Presenter: Tess Webster-Henry, MS, Health Educator
Lower Commons, Pine Room

Change Your Tune: Use Music to Create Harmony in Your Life

Music can have a tremendous impact on your physical and emotional well-being. Come to this workshop to learn tips which can help you use music as a tool to relax, reduce stress, and improve your overall mood.

Date: 05/03/16 - Tues Noon- 1 pm
Presenter: Lauren Foss, CAPS Therapist
Lower Commons, Panorama Room

What's the Fuss? Why We Fight with Others

All of us are guilty of handling arguments and conflicts in regrettable ways. This workshop aims to give us further insight into what unconsciously drives us towards conflict and how we can foster courage and compassion to feel less isolated and angry and more connected with others.

Date: 05/12/16 - Thurs Noon-1 pm
Presenter: Wendy Brower, LMFT, CAPS Therapist
Location: Lower Commons, Pine Room

The Impact of Different Parenting Styles on Child/Adolescent Development, Behavior & School Success

With so much information out there on how to parent and discipline, it's hard to know what's good advice and what isn't. Join us as we look at the science about what parenting style best supports the development of children/adolescents, including their well-being, brain development, school readiness and school success, and fewer behavior problems.

Date: 05/16/16 - Mon Noon-1 pm
Presenter: Laura Kamptner, Ph.D., Department of Psychology; Director, The Parenting Center, Institute of Child Development and Family Relations; Co-Director, Parental Intervention Project
Location: Lower Commons, Panorama Room

The Dater's Guide to Avoid Falling in Love with Jerks & Other Helpful Dating Tips

At the beginning of most relationships, people are star-struck with infatuation and unable to see their partners clearly for who they really are. This workshop provides helpful tips to indentify jerky behaviors in partners so as to avoid heartache as much as possible. It also provides guidelines on how to truly find "true love".

Date: 05/24/16 - Tues 4-5 pm
Presenter: Rachel Keener, PsyD, CAPS Therapist
Location: Lower Commons, Pine Room

Overcome Test Anxiety

It's easy to get stressed out about an exam. This makes it difficult to study and later recall the information when you need it. Come learn ways to take control of test anxiety so you get the grades you deserve!

Date: 05/26/16 - Thurs 4-5 pm
Presenter: Tess Webster-Henry, MS, Health Educator
Lower Commons, Pine Room



Open Recovery Meeting

Please join us for an open recovery meeting that supports students in any stage of recovery from any type of addiction and/or codependency. The meeting format is secular and empowering. Personal reflection and stress reduction techniques are offered in a confidential environment. The only requirement to attend is the desire to be clean, sober and healthy!

Meets: Every Wednesday 4-5 pm
Location: Lower Commons, Oak Room

Active Minds Student Club

This club works to reduce the stigma, provides programming to increase awareness and works to provide education for building resilience in mental health. Email the club advisor, Heather Webster-Henry, at for more information.


Stressed out and need to relax? Meditation can help! Learn to meditate with easy guided meditations. No experience necessary! The benefits of meditation include: increased resilience to stress, increased creativity, and increased happiness.

Meets: Monday-Thursday at 11:30 am & Noon
Location: Counseling and Psychological Services (enter at the west side of the Student Health Center)

Hump Day!

Visit the Hump Day table on Wednesdays during weeks 5-10 at lunchtime to learn about various sexual health and responsibility topics and receive a free supply bag! The table has a prize wheel comprised of questions related to sexual health and offers literature and resources on healthy sexual behavior.

Meets: Wednesdays, weeks 5-9 (May 4, 11, 18 and 25, and June 1) from 11 am - 1 pm
Location: Pfau Library Lawn or inside the SMSU during inclement weather

Red Flag Campaign

This event focuses on raising awareness and prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Date: Wednesday, 04/07/16, 10 am - 2 pm
Location: Pfau Library Lawn

Earth Day

This event is aimed at bringing attention to the depletion of the earth's resources caused by tobacco use. It will feature a campus-wide cigarette litter clean-up and visual displays about the effect on the environment from the cultivation and use of tobacco.

Date: Thursday, 4/21/16
Location: Various campus locations

Kevin Hines

This speaker will bring awareness to the topic of suicide, drawing on his personal experience of being one of the few people in the world to have survived a jump from the Golden Gate Bridge.

Date: Tuesday, 4/26/16 Noon - 2 pm
Location: SMSU Events Center

Speak Your Mind

This event will feature a presentation about mental health stigma and how we can work to decrease it. The event will also give CSUSB students, faculty and staff a chance to speak about their personal stories and how they have overcome obstacles.

Date: Tuesday, 4/26/16
Location: SMSU Theatre 4 pm - 6 pm

Game of Life

This event highlights the various dimensions of health (mental, sexual, overall) through participation in real-life scenarios regarding healthy decisions. This is a health risk-reduction event encompassing all aspects of health.

Date: Thursday, 5/19/16
Location: TBA


This event is all about reducing stress and test anxiety. A variety of fun and relaxing activities will be offered including therapy dogs, chair massage and henna tattoos.

Date: Wednesday, 6/8/16
Location: TBA