Group counseling brings together a small number of individuals, usually 6-10, with one or more trained group leaders. We recommend group therapy when we believe it is the most effective treatment method to help you. Take a look at the infomation below for more information regarding our groups and their benefits.
How do groups help?
Members have opportunities to:
• Learn useful skills to address your concerns
• Share concerns and listen to each other
• Give and receive feedback
• Offer support to one another
• Express feelings
• Develop new ways to cope
• Learn about how to interact with others
Are people going to know I’m here?
We have found that group members usually feel supported by other students. They are often relieved to discover that the concerns they brought to counseling are shared by others. As in any therapy, no one has to share anything they do not want to share. (Confidentiality is an important part of the group process and will be discussed in each group.)
How do I join a group?
If you are current Counseling Services client, please talk to your counselor about registering. If you are a new client, please schedule an intake appointment by calling 608-342-1891
Do I have to reveal all my deepest secrets and feelings to the group?
Unexpressed feelings are a major reason why people experience difficulties. The most appropriate disclosures will be those that directly relate to your personal difficulty. It is important that you feel comfortable with your level of self-disclosure.
What does a typical group session look like?
Group sessions are usually 50 minutes and scheduled once a week at varying times, Monday through Friday. Some groups last 6-8 weeks while others continue on a rotating basis. You can participate in as many groups as you would like; there are no limits to group counseling.
While participating in group therapy, people begin to see that they are not alone and others share similar concerns and difficulties in life.
The group is able to teach skills, give support, offer alternative, and gently challenge group members.
Through group interactions and group feedback new insights can be gained, alternative behaviors explored and new ways of relating to others are tried.