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Group Counseling

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Group counseling is a way to learn about yourself and your relationships with others in a setting that includes individuals who may have similar experiences. The group setting can help support an individual in the exploration of self, identification of desired change, and allow for the sharing of resources that are unique to a particular group of individuals.

Groups provide a safe yet challenging environment for you to improve interpersonal relationship skills and provide an opportunity to practice more effective ways of being. You will find that you will not only learn more about yourself but you will also be able to support and help others through a shared experience. Groups are also an affordable and easy way to access counseling services.

Starting January 15, 2019

Types of Groups Offered

  • Interpersonal Process Group
  • Making Peace with Food and Body Image
  • Intersectional Group

I’m Interested in Group

What can I expect?

While a group counseling experience is facilitated by a trained and licensed clinician, in many types of groups the members usually determine the specific issues to discuss within each particular group theme. During the first session of a group, you might expect the group facilitator to define rules and boundaries within the group, and talk about the importance of confidentiality. You can also expect to develop new knowledge and skills related to your personal and social needs that can lead to more fulfilling life experiences.

Interpersonal Process Group

Start Date: January 28, 2019 (Group 1) & January 29, 2019 (Group 2)
When: Mondays from 3-4:30 pm OR Tuesdays from 1-2:30 pm *please note you cannot attend both
Where: Health Services Norco Building 2nd floor

This co-ed interpersonal process group is designed for people who want to explore personal growth and gain awareness to enhance their functioning in personal and academic settings.

Groups consist of 6-8 members, meet weekly, and are co-led by two therapists. This is a group for people who experience depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, loneliness, and/or difficulties in their relationships with important others in their lives. The group will provide a safe place in which to explore feelings, receive and give support and feedback and practice new, healthier ways of being, thinking, and connection.

Making Peace with Food and Body Image

Start Date: January 22, 2019
When: Tuesdays from 3-4:30 pm (7-week group session)
Where: Foote Room–Student Union Building

Do you feel like worrying about food controls your life? Do you find yourself feeling concerned about your appearance or weight? Various factors and life stressors impact how we view and feel about ourselves. This group aims to provide an open, supportive, and safe atmosphere to discuss relationships with food and body image through a 7-week group therapy session. This group will cover self-esteem, self-worth, exercising, healthy and appropriate coping skills, and several other topics, utilizing a curriculum related to making peace with both food and body image.

Intersectional Group

Start Date: January 25, 2019
When: Fridays from 3-4:30 pm
Where: Health Services Norco Building 2nd floor

This co-ed interpersonal process group is designed for people who are working to reconcile religious beliefs and/or experiences with their sexual orientation or sexual identity and to gain a better understanding of the intersections between authentic spirituality, sexuality and relationships.

The group will be co-led by two clinicians, meets weekly, and topics may include exploring stressors as they pertain to issues of identity, transitioning, intolerance, relationships, and mental health. The goal is that, through discussion and feedback from both peers and group facilitators, students will gain insights, knowledge, and skills that will help them form more fulfilling relationships and a develop a better understanding of self in a safe and supportive environment.

Common Myths About Group

Myth: I’ll be forced to tell my deepest, darkest secrets.
Reality: You will only share what you are comfortable sharing. There is no requirement that you tell your deepest feelings and thoughts. You may find that as the group progresses, you become more comfortable expressing yourself which can be a fulfilling and affirming experience.

Myth: I don’t feel comfortable talking with people I don’t know, so I probably won’t benefit.
Reality: Many people have thought of the idea of talking in front of a group to be worrying as well, so you are not alone in this. Just listening to another group member can be a valuable experience. Hearing someone else share their thoughts or feelings may help you find that you are not alone in your experiences. As you listen, you will find that you have many things in common with other group members, and as they work on a concern, you can learn more about yourself.

Myth: I will be humiliated or attacked by group members or the leader.
Reality: Sometimes, hearing feedback about ourselves is hard to hear. The group leaders have a specific task to create a safe and supportive environment, making sure that all feedback is given in the most caring and respectful way. It is sometimes hard to find friends or family that can point things out to us in a helpful and caring manner, which is why groups can be so effective because they allow feedback to be given in a way that will be most beneficial for you.
Contact Information

To see the groups that are currently meeting, please email Laura Campbell