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Welcome to Mental Health


This page focuses on resources that support the Mental Health of students and staff at UC Santa Barbara. For more proactive wellbeing options, see the proactive wellbeing page on this site.

Here you can information on mental health services, meditation and wellness programs, therapy options, peer-based support groups, and more!

In-Person Talk Therapy

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS offers single session, short term, and long term talk therapy in either one-on-one or group therapy formats. In addition, Mental Health Peers offer workshops, support, and education on mental health topics to students. Professional consultation is available to faculty, staff, and families. All registered students are eligible for services at CAPS. When help is needed in sorting out a personal concern, CAPS is a resource for learning new skills in building self-confidence, relating to others, reducing stress, solving problems, and identifying options.

CAPS Website

How to Get Started at CAPS

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Short-Term Individual Counseling 

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What Happens In a Brief Assessment?

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Single Session Therapy

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Long-Term Individual Therapy

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Group Therapy

The Group Counseling program at CAPS includes offerings that can help students learn skills, manage distress, and/or build community. There is no additional cost for groups. CAPS services are covered by your student fees! Some groups require a different level of commitment ranging from drop-in once to quarter-long. If you have any questions, please contact CAPS at (805) 893-4411. If group therapy sounds like a match, please click the buttons below to check out the available groups:

Focused on teaching content and skills that can help students manage mental health concerns.


Psychoeducation Groups

Identity-specific groups offer individuals with shared visible and invisible or hidden identities a space to process current issues, provide support to one another, and build community.

Community Groups

These groups offer students an opportunity to process concerns and seek support from peers, as well as a chance to practice social skill building and connecting with others.

Interpersonal Process Groups

Hosford Clinic

Hosford Counseling & Psychological Services Clinic is part of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education (GGSE) and is a seperate department/division from Student Affairs' Mental Wellbeing Services: CAPS, Student Health's Behavioral Health Services, and Student Mental Health Coordination Services. The Hosford Clinic provides culturally sensitive, low-cost individual, couple, family, and group psychological treatment to the entire Santa Barbara community. 


  • Serves general public, students, faculty and staff from local colleges
  • Training site for students in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology (CCSP)
  • Clinical-research facility for faculty and students in Dep. of CCSP
  • Provides educational, consultation, and training services to clinicians and educators in the tri-counties



Hosford Clinic Website

Social Work Services

Student Health Social Workers provide confidential services focused on enhancing and supporting student health and wellness.

Social Work Services offers complex needs counseling to students who require additional support such as:

  • Support with returning to UCSB after an extended leave
  • Medical care support or advocacy- for new or chronic conditions
  • Continuity of care support when leaving or graduating from UCSB

For more information, please schedule an appointment with a social worker by calling (805) 893-3371.

Online Talk Therapy