Educational & Clinical Groups

Group Therapy Sessions

Group therapy sessions are offered on the following day(s) and time(s):

Monday
3:30pm Women's Group
 

Tuesday
Noon-1pm Stress Management Group (beginning 1/4 ending 4/22)
 

Wednesday
10:00am Group Therapy
 

Thursday
10:00am Group Therapy
 


Dear Student,

We apologize for the lengthy wait time to get an appointment for individual therapy. The demand for therapy far exceeds our capacity to see individual students in a timely manner.

The good news is that we have immediate openings available in group therapy! There are many benefits to being in a group. Groups are a great place to get feedback from others, try out new behaviors, learn and practice assertiveness, and gain support. Research has demonstrated that group therapy is as effective as individual therapy in helping someone achieve his or her personal therapy goals.

In addition, group therapy sessions are free. Below are listed times for group therapy. If you are interested, please select the time that is best for you and provide your name and contact information. Hand this form back to the receptionist. The receptionist will then give you an appointment card as a reminder of the time your group begins.

IMPORTANT: Please come to Student Health Services (SC221) 15 minutes before your first group in order to fill out the necessary paperwork at the front desk.

Mental Health

If you’re like most people, you may have some apprehension about going to a therapy group. Concerns about what to expect from group are common. This handout is designed to help you better understand what to expect from group.

One or two therapists will be present at each group to help facilitate interaction, discussion, and attention to the processes that unfold during group. The group leader is there to help maintain an environment of safety and focus on growth.

Group Guidelines

  1. Group sessions are CONFIDENTIAL. In order to create a safe environment where members can feel comfortable in sharing, it is critical that group members not disclose information about the group. This means not revealing any information that another person shares during the group session, and not sharing the fact that you attend a group with that person.
  2. Make an initial commitment. You may feel anxious or impatient with your group as you start out. Just like with individual therapy, group work takes time. Commit to attending 3 sessions before trying to determine the value of group for you.
  3. Attend consistently. Successful groups depend on a commitment from each member to the group. If you truly must miss group, please let the leader(s) know as soon as possible. Also please arrive for group on time, as it is disruptive to the group if you come in late.
  4. Communicate with respect. While being open and honest is encouraged in the group, it is essential that you express a differing viewpoint in a respectful manner.

What to do to Get the Most Out of a Therapy Group

  1. Define goals. Take time before each session to define your goals for that day. You may be surprised to find that your goals continue to change throughout the group process.
  2. Recognize and respect your pace for getting involved in the group. Some group members will always be ready to disclose their thoughts and feelings; others need more time to gain feelings of trust and security. By respecting your needs you are learning self-acceptance. If you are having a difficult time with how to discuss your problems with the group, then ask the group to help you.
  3. Think out loud. Try to put words to the reactions that you have to people/topics in the group. Share your thoughts out loud; they are likely to be highly valued by other members of the group.
  4. Experiment with new behaviors. Experiment with different ways of behaving and expressing yourself. By taking risks, you can discover what works for you and what doesn’t. This may mean expressing difficult feelings, sharing information you usually keep secret, or confronting someone about something that is upsetting to you.
  5. Offer support and understanding before advice. You may often be tempted to give advice and help “fix” the problems that others share. Often this comes from a place of compassion. In group, try to share that compassion and understanding first and foremost. The connection that you build with others is likely to be more valuable than specific advice.
  6. Give and receive feedback. One of the best things group has to offer is the advantage of getting input from several people instead of just one therapist. Take advantage of this. The best way to get feedback is to request it. When you receive feedback, try to remain open and non-defensive. When you offer feedback, try to be specific, direct, and honest. This aspect of group isn’t always easy, but is one of the most powerful sources of potential change and growth.
  7. Take time for yourself. You have the right to take group time to talk about yourself. The more you invest in group, the more you will benefit.