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Group Counseling

Photo of a group of counseling session.
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 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 September 17, 2018

Types of Groups Offered

  • Process Group
  • Disordered Eating Group
  • Student Veteran Support Group
  • MENtal Health

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.

Process Group

Begins: Fall 2018 Semester; start date TBD
When: Mondays 3pm-430pm OR Fridays 3pm-430pm *please note you can not attend both
Where: Health Services Norco Bldg 2nd floor

This traditional counseling group provides an opportunity to reflect on interpersonal behavior and is designed to empower change in you. You will have the opportunity to create healthier self-concepts, while mutually giving and receiving support and understanding. Much of the attention will be on the process of group dynamics. This type of group will also allow you a safe environment to “try out” new behaviors or new ways of relating to others so you may carry these with you in your real-world experiences.

Disordered Eating Group

Begins: Fall 2018 Semester; start date TBD
When: Tuesdays from 3pm-430pm
Where: Health Services Norco Bldg 2nd floor

When it comes to disordered eating, there are various underlying things that play a role in your relationship with food. We can resort to a roller coaster or a rigid relationship with food in response to life stressors. This group aims to provide an open, supportive, and safe atmosphere to discuss your relationship with food and how it’s impacting your life. This group will cover self-esteem, self-worth, body image, exercising, healthy and appropriate coping skills, and several other topics related to disordered eating.

Student Veteran Support Group

This FREE veteran led support group will focus on allowing student veterans the opportunity to share resources/opportunities and process experiences that are unique to being a student and a veteran at Boise State University.  Additionally, members will foster a sense of camaraderie and community that will aid in a sense of belonging on campus.

MENtal Health

Begins: Fall 2018 Semester; start date TBD
When: Tuesdays 3pm-430pm
Where: Student Union Bldg; room TBD

This traditional counseling group for men to provide an opportunity to reflect on interpersonal behavior and is designed to empower change in you.  This group will focus on assisting men build healthy relationships with themselves and others. You will have the opportunity to create healthier self-concepts, while mutually giving and receiving support and understanding. Much of the attention will be on the process of group dynamics. This type of group will also allow you a safe environment to “try out” new behaviors or new ways of relating to others so you may carry these with you in your real-world experiences.


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 Natalie Day natalieday@boisestate.edu