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Groups

We offer several therapy groups and workshops throughout the year for our students, including the ever-popular Dissertation Support Group, and our newest offerings, DBT Skills Class. Some of our groups allow for students to drop-in throughout the semester as their schedule permits, and others require students to commit to attend for the course of a semester. Most groups are held in Student Health Services, but locations can vary. 

Getting Started with Group Therapy

The first step for most students seeking MHS services is a brief, confidential phone conversation with a MHS staff member. The purpose of the conversation is to clarify and assess your needs, and explore options for next steps, which may include participation in our groups program. This telephone assessment can be scheduled online through the SHS portal

Alternatively, students can view our Groups Flyer​ and follow instructions regarding group enrollment.​

What is a therapy group?

Many students find the support and points of view of peers can be particularly helpful. Therapy groups provide a platform for students to consider and try out new ways of dealing with relationships and situations in a safe and supportive setting. Some groups explore relationships, others may focus on particular topics such as self-esteem, grief, anxiety, or dissertation support.

A group typically consists of 6 to 10 people and one or more trained group therapists. Group is confidential, and what is talked about or disclosed in the group is not discussed outside the group. All groups are led by members of the Mental Health Services staff.​​ 

For these and other reasons, groups are often as or more effective and efficient than individual work. 

Why does it work?

Groups foster active learning by working on problems rather than just talking about them. When group members interact freely, they often experience the same difficulties in group that they have elsewhere. With the help of the therapist, members can provide support and understanding, offer suggestions or gently confront one another. In this way, groups offer opportunities to experiment with different ways of relating and to try out new behaviors. Those who benefit most usually take an active role by giving and receiving honest, helpful feedback. Members can discuss their concerns and discover how others perceive them. They often find that others have similar concerns, and can learn about themselves as others work on their problems. In an environment of mutual concern, group members can care about and help one another.

What do I talk about?

You can talk about what brought you to counseling in the first place. You can let the group know what you want and can ask for both support and feedback. Relationship difficulties often improve when people express their feelings more effectively. What you share with the group will impact what you get out of the group experience. It is also important to remember that you control what, how much and when you share in group. Therapists and group members work together to establish trust so that people can talk openly and honestly.

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