Clinical Groups

Groups are a great way for students to connect with peers, learn new skills and strategies, and grow both emotionally and educationally!

Groups are often the most effective way to:

  • gain support and encouragement from others;
  • gain specific skills to improve your life;
  • develop relationship skills.

SHCS offers three different types of groups: (1) structured, skills-based groups; (2) support groups, and (3) process-oriented therapy groups. 

1. Structured groups are particularly beneficial for people seeking skills and strategies to deal with specific issues and symptoms that have been negatively impacting their daily lives, such as high anxiety, panic attacks, depression, lack of motivation, mood fluctuations, and lack of interpersonal assertiveness.

2. Support groups provide an atmosphere conducive to sharing your concerns with others whose lives are impacted by similar issues. The focus is on providing a space for validation, encouragement, and mutual understanding. Support groups do not emphasize dynamics occurring between members, nor do they emphasize change in behaviors.

3. Process-oriented therapy groups average 6-8 group members and meet weekly with one to two therapists for 75-90 minutes. Process groups can be especially effective for people interested in exploring their interpersonal style and enhancing their approach to relationships in such areas as trust, intimacy, anger, conflict, assertiveness, taking risks, or improving self-esteem.

Ground rules, including confidentiality, are typically established with group members to help promote trust. For most benefit, consistent attendance is strongly encouraged. Read Debunking Myths about Group Therapy to learn more about how group works.

UCSF Clinical and Outreach Groups are available only for currently enrolled UCSF students who are eligible for Student Health and Counseling Services. Participants must be located in CA to participate in groups. Groups are filled on a first-come first-serve basis.

Fall 2023 Virtual Clinical Groups*

*All groups are offered via HIPAA-Compliant Zoom Meeting at this time

To learn more about our groups or to sign up, please follow these steps:
1.) Sign into the student portal
2.) Select the Groups/Workshops menu
3.) Select "Sign Me Up" button to add* your name to the group. One of our facilitators will reach out to you to provide more information and confirm your group participation
*Note: Adding your name to the list does not automatically include you in the group. A pre-group meeting with facilitator(s) may be required. For more information about SHCS Clinical Groups, please contact Alexandra Thurston.


ACT Mindfully

Tuesdays, 2:30-3:45 p.m., beginning October 10 with Anja Bircher, PsyD and Cynthia T. Diwan, LMFT

Thursdays, 2:30-3:45 p.m., beginning October 19 with Errol Feria, LMFT

Join Mental Health Providers from SHCS for a 5-session group featuring skills from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  Through didactic and experiential exercises, you will learn how to create meaningful changes in your life by enhancing psychological flexibility, developing self-compassion, acting from your values, and learning how to live more in the present moment.

Space is limited; RSVP is required.
Please select either the Tuesday or Thursday group when you RSVP.
Please note: A pre-group meeting with the group facilitator(s) is required for participation.

Fall 2023 Outreach Groups

Centering Our Narratives: Community Space for BIPOC-identified UCSF Students

Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday, noon-1 p.m., beginning September 27

Mental Health Provider Liliana Campos Ramales, PsyD, and Health Education and Promotion Coordinator, Rumpa Yeasin will facilitate a BIPOC-centered space intended to connect folks with one another, share reflections about resisting various forms of oppression and racism, and co-create community to explore a sense of joy and ancestral resilience.

RSVP is required.

True Selves: An LGBTQ Support Group and Discussion Space*

September 20, noon-1 p.m., Building Community

October 18, noon-1 p.m., Community Preservation in Adversity

November 15, noon-1 p.m., Restoration Through Creativity

December 13, noon-1 p.m., Transformations: What We Glean


True Selves is an open space to process, explore, and share stories about your experience as an LGBTQIA student at UCSF. Explore your intersecting identities and honor the diversity of our community. Build resilience and empower one another.

For questions, please contact [email protected]
Lunch will be provided for those attending in-person.
*This program is a partnership between Student Health and Counseling Services and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center