Group Counseling

Group Therapy

The perspectives of others who share similar circumstances and challenges can often be helpful to students seeking counseling. The safe and confidential nature of the group setting will help students interact with others and talk openly about their concerns. In the process, they will receive group support and learn to develop more healthy and satisfying relationships.

We offer groups for students on a variety of topics. Examples of groups typically offered include depression, anxiety, transition to college, eating concerns women's issues, men's issues, LGBTQ issues, and stress management/relaxation. Groups offered vary by semester and student interest.

How Does Group Therapy Work?

Students meet in small groups of 6-8 members with 1 or 2 group leaders once a week for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Most groups require that you schedule a brief screening interview with the group leader(s) prior to joining. Group Counseling may be done in conjunction with individual counseling or you may decide after to talking to counselor that group participation alone would be most beneficial to you. Most students are a little anxious when starting group counseling (particularly if they have not had prior group experience) but become more comfortable over time as they get to know other group members. In group, members are encouraged to talk about their concerns and to express thoughts and feelings about what other group members say or do. Interaction among group members is highly encouraged so that participants can "try out" new ways of relating in a safe and supportive environment. Trust and a sense of safety build over time due to the confidential nature of the group and based on members' participation and commitment.

What is the Benefit of Group Therapy?

Group Counseling is one of the best ways to learn about how you interact with and impact others. It is particularly useful for identifying and addressing recurring relationship difficulties or ways of coping that tend to cause problems for you. Students tend to get the most out of group counseling when they are willing to talk openly about their concerns and are open to giving and receiving feedback from others. Group members are not forced to talk, it is up to each group member how much he or she chooses to share. Telling other group members what you need and want from them contributes to a better overall group experience. Group members frequently benefit from the support and suggestions they get from one another and from the facilitators. They also discover they are not alone and that others are dealing with similar concerns. Within the safety of the group, issues that are of concern can be explored and new ways of managing them are learned. Insights or new behaviors learned in group can then be applied outside of group.

Groups Offered - Fall 2014

Student-Parent Support Group

Facilitator: Dr. Allison Harlow

This group is designed for students who are also parents. The purpose of the group is to provide support, education, and  resources to help participants balance their multiple roles. Participants may be single or partnered, and they may have children of any age. The group is open, which means that participants can choose to come to as few or as many meetings as they prefer.

Please contact Dr. Harlow for further information.

Mindfulness Group

Facilitator: Dr. Rebecka Tompkins

This group is for students who want to learn new strategies for improving mood, managing stress and reducing anxiety. Skills you will learn include relaxing/energizing breathing, mindful eating, guided visualization and meditation. The group will begin during the middle of the semester. 

Please contact Dr. Tompkins for further information.