Many times people only think about individual counseling to help them with their challenging personal issues. Although groups aren't for everyone, there are some distinct advantages to participating in a group:
Feel more connected
Often people enter counseling believing that their problems are unique. Groups provide the opportunity for participants to see that they are "part of the human race". There is not a thought or an action that is fully outside of the experience of others. A group experience has the potential of helping people feel less alone and less "different" from others.
In group counseling, members are given the opportunity to receive support, reassurance, suggestions, and insights from other members. This occurs in a small group setting, where members agree to keep what is said confidential. This atmosphere of safety helps members take the necessary risks to explore their concerns.
Group counseling can help participants feel hopeful about making and maintaining changes in their lives or in themselves. People tend to have patterns of behavior or ways of interacting that repeat themselves across different relationships. Usually these patterns come from our experiences growing up. A group allows these patterns to become more visible because of the opportunity to interact with several different people. When these patterns become more visible, the group member can make desired changes.
Learn new skills
As group members learn about their patterns of behavior, they also learn new behaviors and skills that can help them become more effective in relationships. A group counseling setting is a safe place in which to "try out" these new skills, and get both support and positive feedback from others. Groups provide an opportunity to observe the improvement other members make, and also to learn how people with similar concerns may have coped with them in more effective ways.
Help others grow
Just as the individual in a group benefits from insights given from other members, s/he is allowed the opportunity to give to other group members. Helping others with their issues and concerns, and becoming important to others, usually raises a person's self-esteem.
Fall Group 2014 - Stay tuned for more information on Groups
Counseling and Psychological Services will soon announce Fall 2014 groups.
St. Paul Location
Mail Box: Mail #4040
Hours: M-F: 8:00am - 4:30 pm
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
(1st floor of TMH)
Mon: 8:00am - 3:00 pm
Tue: 8:00am - 6:00 pm
W-F: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Summer Hours & Observed Holidays