Counseling Center Groups
The Counseling Center facilitates a variety of counseling groups for students during Fall and Spring semesters. To get started, you can attend call-in hours Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4 pm.
Benefits of Group:
- Explore and better understand yourself and others
- Give and receive support
- Try out new behaviors
- Be your authentic self in a safe and respectful environment
- Challenge relational patterns
- Combat feelings of isolation and sense of being alone in your feelings
- Learn social skills and new ways of relating to others
- Learn how to cope better with difficulties
What is group therapy?
In group therapy, a number of students meet face-to-face with one or more group therapists and talk about what is troubling them. The members of the group give each other feedback by expressing their own feelings about what someone says or does.
This interaction gives group members an opportunity to try out new ways of behaving and to learn more about the way they interact with others. Group therapy is different from other social settings because it is a confidential and safe environment.
How does group therapy work?
When people come into a group and interact freely with other members, they usually recreate those difficulties that brought them to therapy in the first place. Under the skilled direction of group therapists, members are able to receive support, consider alternatives or gently confront themselves and others.
In this way the difficulty becomes resolved and new ways of interacting are learned and practiced. Members often find it very therapeutic to realize that they are not alone, and that others are going through similar difficulties. In this trusting environment, people feel free to care about and help each other.
What do I talk about in group therapy?
There is really no right or wrong thing to talk about. You discuss what brought you to the Counseling Center in the first place. Tell the others what is bothering you. If you need support, let the group know. Hopefully you will push yourself to share the things that you typically do not talk about with others so that you will have the opportunity to work through those painful topics. Unexpressed feelings are a major reason why people have difficulties. Sharing your reactions and feelings is a major and important part of group therapy. Of course, you will be in charge of how much and how fast you share. The most important thing is that you are finding ways to push yourself outside of your comfort zone a little at a time.