UPDATE: THE LAST MEETING FOR THE LGBTQ+ SUPPORT GROUP IS APRIL 26!
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.
Please speak with an individual counselor to learn more about the groups being offered and that are best suited for your needs or check out the links below!
Groups 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. These groups are CONFIDENTIAL. We also offer shorter-term groups that focus on emotion regulation and coping skill development.
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. It is important to note that these groups are private but NOT CONFIDENTIAL. Ask your counselor for information on current support groups.
On campus, find us at: 125 Cutler Health Building— across from Gannett Hall