Group Counseling

Counseling Center

Current Groups

Q & Q

Fridays 2:30 - 3:30 pm (Sept 8 - Dec 7, 2017)

49er Room  (next to CAO desk)

Queer and Questioning is a group that provides an affirming and confidential space to gather for exploration and support. There is no agenda. Come as you are, whenever you can.

Questions? Contact Hannah Godbout hgodbout@gustavus.edu in the Counseling Center

 

Group Counseling in a Nutshell

Group counseling is a powerful tool for growth and change. The power of group therapy lies in the unique opportunity to receive multiple perspectives, support, encouragement, and feedback from other individuals in a safe and confidential environment. These interpersonal interactions can provide group members an opportunity to deepen their level of self-awareness and how they relate to others (a common concern for college students), in addition to developing more effective ways of responding to life experiences and managing emotions. Group can be a great space in which to seek feedback from your peers and to practice new behaviors in a trusting setting. Although you will primarily be interacting with your peers, a trained professional will be present at each group meeting to assist in facilitating conversation and to provide input as needed. Confidentiality in group counseling is highly valued and will be discussed in depth when students join group. If you have questions about confidentiality, please speak with your intake therapist. 

Group Offerings

Groups vary according to semester and client demand. Open and honest communication in group therapy can lead to improved self-awareness and understanding of how one functions interpersonally, and self-disclosure can have a profound impact on working through our own concerns while normalizing those of others.

Depending on demand, other group offerings may be available. Please check with your intake therapist to learn more about specific group offerings/topics. In the past, topic groups have included the following: GLBTQA Support Group, Worry Group, Mood Group, Grief Support Group, etc. 

Advantages of Group Counseling

  • Connect with students struggling with similar concerns. As others work on similar concerns, you can learn much about yourself and recognize that you’re not alone.
  • Learn to relate more honestly and openly with others, and experiment with new ways of relating to others.
  • Receive feedback from multiple people with multiple perspectives.
  • Give and gain support to and from your peers.

Myths about Group Counseling

I have to tell my deepest and darkest secrets.
No one is forced to disclose anything that they are not comfortable with. Members learn to identify their personal boundaries and respectfully communicate those boundaries with other group members. Learning to set and express boundaries is great practice for other relationships too!

If I don’t talk a lot, group won’t be helpful for me.
Most people are anxious when they begin group, and this is completely normal. Observing and learning from others with similar concerns stimulates self-awareness.

Group isn’t as good as individual therapy.
Research has shown that group participants are often as equally satisfied with group counseling compared to individual counseling. Though neither form of counseling is inherently better than another, some concerns are better suited for group counseling.

I’m Interested in a group. What now?

Contact the Counseling Center. JSU 204 or 507-933-7027