Group Therapy


  • An initial intake appointment is needed to be referred to group therapy
  • There may be up to nine students in a group
  • Two counselors facilitate group
  • Group meetings are 1.5 hours per week

 

Group Therapy FAQs    


 Why do people join group therapy?

 How does group therapy work?

 How do I get the most out of group therapy?

 Is group therapy confidential?

 Will I be judged or criticized by other group members?

 Will group therapy take more time than individual counseling?

 

 

Why do people join group therapy?
People join group therapy because they are having difficulties and benefit from the support of caring peers. Common issues include:

  •  Family problems
  •  Relationship issues
  •  Anxiety
  •  Depression
  •  Loneliness

 

How does group therapy work?
Group members discuss issues that are of concern to them and offer each other support and feedback. Group therapy works because:

  • Group members give feedback and support.
  • Group members offer suggestions for alternative ways of acting.
  • Group encourages members to practice new options.

 

How do I get the most out of group therapy?
Most people are apprehensive about joining a group and experience some initial anxiety. To make group more meaningful and healing:

  • Participate and attend group regularly.
  • Decide what to work on in group and work actively towards change.
  • Express your thoughts and feelings.
  • Give others feedback.
  • Be patient with yourself and the group - it will take time to grow comfortable and develop trust with the group.
  • Try new behaviors suggested in group and ask for feedback from others.

 

Is group therapy confidential?
Your group leaders will not divulge any information about you outside of the Counseling Center. Group members also agree to keep the identity of members anonymous.
 

   Confidentiality is assured except for the following situations:

  • You authorize the Counseling Center to release records or other information to individuals of your choosing. This may be done only with your expressed written consent.
  • Under ethical and legal requirements, your group leaders may break confidentiality in the event.of clear and imminent danger to yourself or another person.
  • The law requires that therapists disclose information regarding child or elder abuse or neglect.
  • In certain legal proceedings, confidential information may be disclosed by court order. This is a rare occurrence and would not happen without your knowledge.

 

Will I be judged or criticized by other group members?
Group leaders strive to make the group environment safe for all members. We understand that feedback from others may at times be difficult to hear. A benefit of group therapy is receiving feedback from others who are trying to help, while also having a group leader present to facilitate dialogue.

 

Will group therapy take more time than individual therapy?

  • Group meets every week for 1.5 hours, while individual therapy is typically bi-weekly for 45 minutes.
  • Most members identify with issues others may share.
  • By listening, giving feedback, and engaging other group members about their concerns, you may also be practicing new ways of interacting.
  • Group therapy offers the opportunity to get multiple perspectives and increased support from peers.

 

Locations & Hours

Fall '13 Group & Outreach Schedule

Fall '13 Skills Groups