Group counseling is one of the many forms of treatment offered by Student Counseling Services. Some groups are focused on special themes like stress management, eating concerns, or anger management, while some groups are more general and focus on resolving a range of issues, such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem problems, and relationship problems. For many types of problems, group counseling is the treatment of choice. Groups provide the opportunity to observe others solving their problems. Groups provide the advantage of a network of support. Groups are especially helpful in learning to build trust, self-acceptance, intimacy, communication skills, and empathy.
Although groups may differ, they generally meet weekly for 60 to 90 minutes, and include 5 to 10 members, and one or more professionals who act as group leaders or facilitators.
Students may be referred to group counseling by their current counselor or psychologist, or may be referred directly to group after their initial intake appointment at Student Counseling Services. Remember, group counseling is not a second-choice intervention; rather, it offers a special interpersonal dimension to counseling.
If you are interested in group counseling, contact Student Counseling Services at 844-5123. If you would like to see a certain type of group offered, please speak with a staff member and we will try to help.