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What to Expect from Group Counseling

What is group counseling?

In group counseling a small number of people with similar life experiences meet together in a confidential setting with a professionally trained counselor/therapist to help themselves and each other pursue personal growth and improve their ability to meet life challenges. Counseling groups can help individuals to enhance their personal support systems, increase their understanding of self and others, and learn effective strategies for addressing specific issues that may interfere with optional functioning, such as self-esteem, assertiveness, grief, relationships, anxiety, depression, and academic stress.

What does it take for group counseling to be effective?

The primary ingredients of an effective counseling group are honesty and commitment to the group. Willingness to gradually take risks in a safe, supportive environment is helpful. Students who do not talk in group get less out of the process. Group facilitators are ready to help these students participate more fully, while respecting members’ personal boundaries about what information to disclose.

Do you have groups at UMM?

The Counseling Center does offer a Depression/Anxiety psychotherapy group once a week. You must be a current client in the counseling center. Please discuss this with your counselor if you feel group could be a useful addition to your treatment process.

The Counseling Office offers a psychoeducational group on managing stress. This is a 6 session group that will meet each semester to help students understand what stress is, how it affects one’s everyday actions, and strategies to help manage. Please email Bridget Joos, for more information on the group and how to get signed up.

There are also several support groups held on campus:

LGBTQIA Support Group: Meets biweekly on Mondays at 6:00pm. Location confidential. Student led support group.

Abuse Survivors Support group. Facilitated by Someplace Safe advocate. Time/Location confidential. Held weekly.