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 2013 Groups
Counseling and Psychological Services is offering three student groups this semester. Meeting with other people to share common concerns is a great way to gain support and to learn new coping strategies when feeling sad, overwhelmed, or confused. Interested students are asked to schedule a brief intake interview by calling 651-962-6780.
Eating Disorder Recovery Group
This is a group for women who are interested in maintaining their recovery from anorexia, bulimia, or disordered eating. Through talking with others, creative activity, and personal reflection, students will support each other, develop healthier body image and, in turn, stronger self-image. The group meets in room 370 Murray Herrick Hall on Thursdays from noon to 1:00 p.m.. Please contact Deb Broderick email@example.com or Naomi Scott firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or call 651-962-6780.
Relationships Groups (2 Groups)
How do you relate to the people in your life? Ever wonder how others see you? Get feedback and ideas for addressing these questions and enhance your personal relationships, increase self-awareness, and strengthen communication skills. This semester two relationships groups will be offered on Wednesday afternoons in Murray Herrick Hall, Room 370.
Grief and Loss Support Group
This group provides a confidential and safe space for members to explore powerful (and potentially difficult) emotions related to grief and loss. The group meets on Tuesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in 370 MHC, starting November 5th. Please contact Sarah Armstrong email@example.com , Naomi Scott firstname.lastname@example.org , or call the counseling center at 962-6780 for further information and to sign up for the group
If you are interested in participating in one of these groups or would like more information, please call 651-962-6780 or email the facilitators.
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
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