Share Your Concerns Safely and Confidently
Therapy groups allow students to work with others who share common concerns. Members talk about what is troubling them and give feedback and support in a safe, supportive environment. Interactions offer group members an opportunity to learn more about the way they interact with others and to try out new ways of behaving.
The first few sessions focus on the establishment of trust, allowing members to talk personally and honestly. Having each individual make a personal commitment to the group and its goals significantly fosters group trust.
Therapy groups usually have between 6 and 12 members and two clinicians. Groups meet weekly for 60 or 90 minutes and there is no session limit.
What's the Difference Between Therapy
and Skills Groups?
The Counseling Center offers therapy groups and skills groups. Skills groups are more structured than therapy groups, one hour long and have more of a workshop format than a counseling format.
Except for the skills groups, all prospective group members are required to attend a pre-group screening session. A pre-group screening and orientation session is a brief meeting with leader(s) before groups begin. The screening provides information about the group, and to determine if group therapy is best for each person. For more information, visit: (link to group brochure)
Group sessions are confidential. Group members are asked not to disclose the content of sessions or to reveal the identity of members to others outside of group.
It is expected that you will come to group every week. If there is an urgent matter that prevents you from attending, please notify the group leader(s). You can leave a message with the Counseling Center front desk staff. Please be punctual. If, after a short period of time, you find that the group is not a fit for you, please let the group leader(s) know.
There is no limit to the number of group of sessions you can attend. If, after several sessions, you decide that the group is no longer the most appropriate form of help, we ask that you come to the group to tell group members of your decision, providing closure.