You are not alone. Group counseling offers students a community of people with relating experiences, a safe space to discuss and receive feedback and a way to observe how others navigate struggle.
Group counseling is free and generally requires 3-5 students to participate. When a student communicates interest, they will meet with the facilitator to discuss specific details or concerns related to the group and determine if it's a good fit for them. Once the minimum number of students have been admitted, the facilitator will reach out to everyone individually.
Group therapy can be overwhelming for some. The effectiveness of group therapy for an individual is dependent on several factors. Some may also find both individual and group therapy beneficial.
Types of Group Counseling
- Psychoeducational Groups
This group focuses on building your knowledge base around a mental health issue and offering coping strategies to manage symptoms.
Examples: Social Relationship Groups, Confidence and Self-acceptance Groups
- Skills Development Groups
Facilitators focus on introducing and developing new skills you may need to make the best choices for improving your mental health.
Examples: Resiliency Group, Coping with Stress Group
- Process Groups
An interpersonal process group, or process group, allows members of the group to discuss their thoughts and emotions. Process groups offer an opportunity to help people unpack what’s happening to them.
Examples: Graduate Student Process Group, General Process Group
- Support Groups
The purpose support groups are to give and receive support from other group members who are going through similar situations. A support group can be online or in person.
Examples: Grief Support Group, Transgender Support Group