Group counseling brings together a small number of individuals (usually 8-10) with one or more trained group leaders. Group members share what is troubling them. The process of sharing with each other, listening to each other, giving and receiving feedback, offering support and expressing their feelings about what someone else says or does can be extremely helpful. This interaction encourages individuals to develop new ways of behaving and learning more about how they interact with others. What is talked about in group is confidential and not discussed with anyone outside of group sessions.
While participating in group therapy, people begin to see that they are not alone; that others share similar concerns and difficulties in life. Under the direction of skilled group leaders, the group is able to give support, offer alternatives, or gently confront group members. Through group interactions and group feedback, new insights are gained, alternative behaviors are explored, and new ways of relating to others can be tried. As a result, the original difficulties people brought to group become resolved.
Talk about what brought you to the counseling center. Let other group members know what is bothering you and what your goals are. If you need support, let the group know. If you think you need confrontation, let them know that too. It is important to tell the group what you expect of them and what you need from them. Unexpressed feelings are a major reason why people experience difficulties. The most appropriate disclosures will be those that relate directly to your present difficulty. It is important that you feel comfortable with your level of self-disclosure.
Groups meet once a week for 90 minutes. Our groups are usually held late in the afternoon or early evening to accommodate student schedules.
Our approach is to have you do one or the other, but not both. We believe this approach helps you fully focus your energies on making the most of group, and tends to maximize your therapeutic gain.
You can stay in group as long as you and the group leaders feel it is beneficial for you. Some members stay for a semester, while others stay for a year or more.