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Counseling Services

Group Counseling

For many emotional concerns, personal struggles, and relationship issues that college students face, group therapy is the most effective treatment modality. For many students, it can be more effective than individual counseling.

Counseling Services offers an array of groups to address the needs of students. While some groups run open-ended, many of our offerings change semester to semester.

Group therapy is a powerful tool for growth and change. In group therapy, 5-10 individuals meet face to face to share their struggles and concerns with the facilitation of 1-2 group counselors. Like individual counseling, group counseling is also confidential; information disclosed to other members is not discussed outside the group.

The power in group therapy lies in the unique opportunity to receive multiple perspectives, support, encouragement, and feedback from other individuals in a safe and confidential environment. These interpersonal interactions can provide group members an opportunity to deepen their level of self-awareness and to learn how they relate to others. Group therapy can be a safe and supportive place to experiment with new ideas and ways of being.

How to Join a Group

Any currently enrolled student is welcome to attend any scheduled group meeting.  No pre-registration or referral is required.

If you are interested in participating in one of our groups but are feeling hesitant or uncertain if a group is right for you, please contact Counseling Services to schedule a "pre-group orientation meeting" to speak with a counselor who will assist you. In a pre-group orientation meeting, you would meet with one of the counselors who facilitate the group for a 20-30 minute appointment. At this meeting, you and the group counselor will get to know each other, you will get information about the group and how it functions, and about the structure and format of the group. You will also be oriented to how you can receive the most benefit from the group through intentional participation. This is also an opportunity for you to be able to ask any questions you have about the group. Once you and the counselor have talked about your needs and your goals, a decision is collaboratively made about whether this group is the best fit for you.

How to Get the Most out of Group Therapy

It is common to feel anxious when thinking about joining a group. It can feel difficult to share personal thoughts and concerns with others, particularly when you begin as "strangers." Once the group progresses, you will likely develop trust and feel more comfortable participating in the group. Learning about yourself in group therapy usually has a positive effect on your relationships and can improve your quality of life.  There are simple things you can do to make the most of your group sessions:

  • Be Open - Each group is unique and functions slightly differently. Approach it with an open mind and identify specific goals for your experience.
  • Trust the Process - Sharing in a group setting may feel vulnerable, but it can help you to process your thoughts and feelings. Often these experiences are shared by group members.
  • Listen - Hearing what other people are going through can help you gain perspective of your own difficulties and see that you are not alone.
  • Support Your Peers - Offer your thoughts and support to the others in the group. These encouragements are powerful and allow members to connect more meaningfully.
  • Work Together - Each group is led by trained therapists who help guide and elicit ways for group members to support each other and strategize ways to address concerns.
  • Be Accountable - A group can keep you and others accountable. Helping each other stick to a plan and address concerns can be an important support between sessions and beyond.

LOCATION:

All groups occur in the Student Development Conference Room (Administration Building, Room 218), unless otherwise noted.

 
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