While a lot of people get nervous about the idea of doing counseling in a group, our clients tell us that group counseling is one of the most powerful and helpful things they have done to address their concerns. What they tell us is that group gave them a sense of support and helped them appreciate they weren’t the only person struggling. In our groups, people address a wide range of issues, including: discomfort in social settings, depression, family concerns, anxiety, trauma, and a range of other concerns. We have found that working in a group enhances each individuals change efforts.
Groups typically will have 5-8 members and will be led by one or two of our professional staff. Below are descriptions of different types of groups we may lead in the Counseling Center. Usually your counselor will work with you if a group seems appropriate for your needs.
Groups meet weekly, usually for 90 minutes. They are designed to increase individuals comfort interacting with others and gain skill in exploring the experiences that brought them to counseling while getting the support of their peers. Groups that meet for longer periods of time work in greater depth with these issues, while increasing skill in managing emotions, decreasing anxiety and depression, and exploring the roles we play in different situations. We also offer shorter-term groups that focus on emotion regulation and coping skill development.
We typically offer several each semester at various times. Please speak with an individual counselor to learn more about the groups that are best suited for your needs.
Support Groups offer a place for people with similar, specific concerns to share their experience, receive support from those with similar experiences, and learn coping skills in dealing with their concerns. Such groups offer a mix of education and personal sharing, though the amount of each depends on the group. These groups are often co-sponsored by other organizations on campus and led by staff from that particular organization and a Counseling Center staff member. Ask your counselor for information on current support groups.
Not sure if you would benefit from counseling?
- Visit our For Students pages and check out the various resources available to you (including smart phone apps to help manage stress, anxiety and depression).
- Learn more about our anonymous Touchstone Web Stress & Depression Questionnaire and how you can receive feedback from a UMaine counselor.
On campus, find us at: 125 Cutler Health Building— across from Gannett Hall