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Individual & Group Therapy

Individual therapy consists of meeting one-on-one with a CAPS counselor for 45-50 minutes. CAPS uses a short-term treatment model for individual therapy. The frequency of these meetings varies based on need and availability as discussed between student and counselor. CAPS clinicians strive to offer empathy, compassion, insight, and skill-building opportunities in a confidential, non-judgmental environment.


Goals for brief psychotherapy are determined collaboratively with your therapist and might include:

  • Coping effectively with immediate life stresses
  • Having a positive first experience in therapy before engaging in longer-term individual work or transitioning into group therapy
  • Gaining new skills to cope with new challenges
  • Finding greater understanding and new perspectives on life experiences


Given the short-term nature of CAPS counseling, CAPS may also assist you in a referral to a community therapist for specialized or longer-term therapy. In all cases, we work together with you to determine the best approach to meet your needs.

Reasons that a community referral might be the best resource for a student include:

  • A need for specialized or more intensive care.
  • Other mental health providers or resources are a better fit for a student's needs, such as if a student is looking for a therapist who holds particular identities or areas of expertise.
  • The student is graduating or otherwise leaving the area soon and would benefit from being connected to a provider in the community.
  • The student is looking for extensive neuropsychological testing. 
  • The student would benefit from open-ended rather than structured support and/or more frequent and/or flexible appointments.
  • The student has limited availability during CAPS business hours or preference for evening or weekend appointments.
  • The student may secure an appointment in the community more quickly, and this is important to them.

To receive services (on either the Chicago or Evanston campus), please call CAPS at 847-491-2151. 

What is Group Therapy? 

Group therapy is highly effective at addressing most issues facing undergraduate and graduate college students. Group therapy offers students an opportunity to meet in a safe, confidential, and supportive space to share experiences, learn fresh perspectives, and experiment with new behaviors and ways of being. Through this process, you develop insights, tools, and techniques that you can use to improve your quality of life.

Please see below for more information about group therapy and the specific groups that CAPS offers.

In addition to our group therapy options, check out our Virtual Workshops and Gathering Spaces. These include Coffee Talk for International Students and a BIPOC Support Circle.

Examples of goals that can be addressed in group therapy:

I would like to...

  1. be able to express preferences/opinions
  2. be able to ask for what I need
  3. be more comfortable sharing personal information
  4. deepen my emotional connection with others
  5. be less fearful of the judgment of others
  6. be able to openly disagree with others
  7. be able to “open up” to others
  8. be less afraid of offending/upsetting others
  9. be closer to others
  10. be less self-critical
  11. be less fearful of others seeing and judging my “real self”
  12. be able to make a mistake and not feel ashamed
  13. remain engaged rather than withdraw from others when I’m stressed out
  14. be able to express certain emotions (e.g., sadness, anger) in constructive ways
  15. be able to trust others
  16. explore feedback I have received that I’m too sensitive (or too “insert adjective here”)
  17. feel more confident in my decisions
  18. be less influenced by the opinions of others
  19. take less responsibility for other people (less “caretaking”)
  20. be able to express positive feelings toward others
  21. be able to set boundaries/limits with others
  22. be less afraid of rejection
  23. be able to tolerate conflict
There are 3 major types of groups:
  1. Understanding Self and Others Groups (Interpersonal Process):

USO groups focus on helping student understand more about themselves, understand their relationships with others, and expand their ways of relating/connecting. These groups are helpful for students with a variety of presenting concerns in which connection to others is an aspect of the concern.

  1. Psychoeducational Groups

Psychoeducational groups provide students with specific skills to help them better manage their concerns. These groups are structured or semi-structured, oftentimes have a curricular component, and tend to meet over the span of a few weeks. These groups may be for students with more specific concerns (e.g., eating/body image related concerns for the Making Peace with Food group) or more general concerns (e.g., issues with depression, anxiety, etc with our Building Emotional Well-Being Group).

  1. Support Groups

Support groups provide students with shared experiences or identities. These groups allow students to connect with students who have experienced similar issues (e.g., the loss of a significant loved one in the case of the bereavement group).

Currently Offered Groups

CAPS is offering three groups in the Winter 2024 Quarter. Groups are hoping to start around the first week of February based on student availability.

Mandarin-Speaking Interpersonal Process Group (Wednesday 3:00PM-4:30PM)

This interpersonal process group is based on Dr. Yalom’s (2005) Interpersonal Group Therapy Theories. Our group has up to 6-7 members and meet weekly for 90 minutes. Process groups help members increase awareness of their thoughts and feelings in the moment and express them openly to each other. Group members offer each other support and feedback.  Members can discover what roles they tend to play in groups and safely try out new ways of relating.

Wednesdays 3:00pm-4:30pm, in-person, in Mandarin
Please contact: Qianhui Zhang, Ph.D. (

Yalom, I. D., & Leszcz, M. (2005). The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy (5th ed.). Basic Books.



参与心理团体的成员可以有效改善他们的人际关系,增进情感亲密度,有助于摆脱孤独感。研究表明,团体心理治疗与个体治疗一样有效,而成本更低。 如果您正对人际问题有疑惑,或生活中缺乏有效支持的关系,心理团体尤其有效。心理团体还可以帮助您加深个体心理治疗的效果。 CAPS的心理团体基于亚洛姆(Yalom)的人际关系团体疗法,团体成员限6-7名,每次持续90分钟。团体帮助成员提高对自己当下的思想和感觉的意识,并向彼此坦率表达。团体成员相互提供支持和反馈。成员可以发现他们在团体中扮演的角色,并尝试与他人建立新的关系方式。

每周三 3:00pm-4:30pm(现场)



Yalom, I. D., & Leszcz, M. (2005). The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy (5th ed.). Basic Books.

Grief-Centered Support Group (Monday 3:00PM-4:30PM)

More information coming soon.

Mondays 3:00PM-4:30PM, in-person.

Facilitated by Donzell Lampkins, LCSW (, and Janelle Nguyen, MA (

Understanding Self and Others - Interpersonal Process Group (Friday 1:00PM-2:30PM)

Understanding Self and Others: an interpersonal process group with Joey and Manisha on Friday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm in-person at CAPS for the winter and spring quarters of 2024. The purpose of this group is to help you learn more about yourself and improve your interpersonal relationships by forming connections with group members based on mutual respect, trust, deeper and effective communication, and providing and receiving feedback and validation. The hope is that you can utilize the skills learned in this group in your relationships outside of the group. 

Fridays 1:00PM-2:30PM, in-person.

Facilitated by Manisha Rustagi, Ph.D. (, and Joey White, MA (