“…But I’m worried about a bunch of my peers judging me…”
“Wonderful! That’s exactly why you should try group therapy!”
Okay, so although we therapists might not exactly make that statement to a student, it speaks to the heart of why group therapy can be such a powerful treatment method. It provides a safe and confidential space for students to challenge themselves and speak about their issues in a room of peers, offering different perspectives and helping each other identify and confront their fears, anxieties, and challenges. Having insecurities about being judged by one’s peers is a perfect example of an issue one might talk about in group therapy.
The research literature on group therapy indicates it shares similar rates of positive outcomes as individual therapy, and can provide a more dynamic and complex discussion environment. In fact, we’d estimate that about 95% of the issues students present with at the Counseling Center could be effectively addressed in group therapy. Group counseling provides space to “try out a new version of you” where you gain insight about yourself and how you are truly perceived by others (rather than trying to read minds or guess how others react to you). If relationships are important to you, whether it be romantic, familial, roommates, teammates, friends, or meeting new people – you can probably benefit from one of our groups.
This spring, thanks to our expanded space, we are offering more groups than ever before at the newly opened Health and Counseling Centers at Ward & West! Most groups run weekly for 6-10 weeks. This semester we are proud to offer the following groups, FREE to all Tigers:
Improve your relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners; get feedback about how others perceive you; and learn how to relate better to others.
Tuesdays 2:00-3:30, Wednesdays 2-3:30, or Thursdays 1:00-2:30
Sister-to-Sister: Women of Color Support Group
Develop connections with other women of color and address topics such as stress, relationships, family, and goals.
In, Out, and In-Between
Whether you are out, questioning, or not even sure, this group is for LGBTQIA students of all backgrounds to confidentially discuss and explore aspects of gender identity and sexual orientation in a safe space.
I’m A Survivor: Support for Survivors of Sexual & Relationship Violence
A space for female survivors of sexual assaults or relationship violence gain support from one another and learn ways to cope with the aftermath of these traumas.
Overcoming Social Anxiety
A small group focused specifically on developing skills to better manage social anxiety, including mindful breathing, cognitive restructuring, and exposure.
Day & Time TBA
Mindfulness Meditation Series
Introduction to meditation, including relaxation and visualization practices for reducing stress, improving concentration, and increasing self-acceptance. Drop-ins welcome.
Coping Skills Clinic
Learn essential skills and strategies for coping with a variety of challenges (e.g., stress, anxiety, worry, panic attacks; anger management; avoidance & procrastination; & planning for success).
A 4-week course to help female students resist sociocultural pressures to conform to the thin-ideal and reduce their pursuit of thinness.
Grief & Loss Workshop Series/Support Group
A 5-6 week series. Find support from other students who have lost a loved one (recently or in the past) and who “get it.” Learn about resources that can assist your grieving and recovery.
You can find out more information on our website. If you are interested in talking with someone at the Counseling Center about whether one of these groups would be good for you, just give us a call at 410-704-2512.
Dr. Dan Isenberg
Groups Coordinator at Counseling Center