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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 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.

Types of Groups Offered

  • Process Group
  • Setting Healthy Boundaries
  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga
  • Student Veteran Support 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.

Process Group

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.

Setting Healthy Boundaries Group

Personal boundaries are physical, emotional and mental limits we establish to protect ourselves from being manipulated, used, or violated by others. This group will assist members in recognizing their right to personal boundaries; recognizing that others’ needs/feelings are not more important than your own; learning to say no; identifying actions/behaviors you find unacceptable; learn to trust/believe in yourself. This group allows a safe environment to learn what healthy boundaries are and how to establish them.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga Group

Trauma Processing Yoga Groups are for any person who has been a victim of any type of trauma. Taught by a certified yoga instructor and a licensed clinician, our trauma-processing yoga groups combine the yoga component with guided meditation and talk therapy in every class. Trauma-processing yoga groups offer:
  • Healing through movement, breath and stillness
  • Empowerment by taking ownership of one’s body
  • Connection with others in a confidential setting

Trauma, defined as a painful emotional experience or shock which often produces a lasting psychological effect, will also affect the body in many ways. Trauma-informed yoga instruction can help survivors understand how their bodies have been affected by their trauma. Yoga has been proven to reduce some of the effects of trauma on the body while helping survivors engage their bodies in a healthy way – moving beyond traditional talk therapies that focus on the mind, by bringing the body actively into the healing process.

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.  ​

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 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 Amy Houser