Group Counseling

Counseling in a small group setting can help you feel less alone. It connects you with other students who are going through similar struggles, creating an environment of social support and encouragement.

During each fall and spring semester, the Counseling Center offers a number of group counseling opportunities on issues related to students’ needs. There are no limits on participation in these groups.

Find a Group

To see the groups we currently offer, please download Groups Brochure – Fall 2016.

About Group Counseling

What should I expect?

Group counseling involves groups of six to ten people who meet weekly with one or two trained members of the Counseling Center staff to talk about their struggles and problems. Some groups focus on specific topics or problems while others address multiple concerns.

Having a trained group facilitator is important. When people interact freely with other group members, they tend to recreate difficulties that brought them to counseling in the first place.

Under the skilled direction of group facilitators, the group supports, offers alternatives, or gently confronts individuals. In this way, group members resolve difficulties, learn alternative behaviors, and develop new social skills or ways of relating to people.

For more information about what to expect in a group counseling session, see Frequently Asked Questions and Common Misperceptions about Group Counseling.

What about my privacy?

Confidentiality is critical to the development of a safe, respectful, and trusting atmosphere in which individuals share their feelings openly. The group leader and all group members share this responsibility.

Each therapy group member must sign an agreement to adhere to the rules of confidentiality. Group members pledge that they will never share group business, including names of other group members, outside the group.

Why should I participate in group counseling?

Group counseling is a very effective means of treatment and, in some cases, the best form of treatment. In a group, you can:

  • Increase self-awareness by learning more about how others perceive you
  • Feel a sense of acceptance and belonging
  • Discover you are not alone in the difficulties you are experiencing
  • Hear ideas from others that will improve your decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Benefit from the experience of being helpful to others
  • Learn to express your feelings and ideas to others constructively
  • Gain encouragement by observing others’ successes

How do I get started?

If you’re interesting in joining a counseling group, review the descriptions of the current groups we offer by downloading our brochure. You can join a group by filling out our online group interest form.

We also offer drop-in groups throughout the semester that do not require registration. Download our drop-in groups brochure to learn more.

To learn more about group counseling, call the Counseling Center at 919.515.2423 or stop by our office on the second floor of the Student Health Center.