Counseling Services

Group Counseling

Group counseling is recommended when your concerns and goals might best be addressed and worked through with other college students in a therapeutic setting. You will meet with a group facilitator (or co-facilitators) to discuss the details about the group being considered. CCS offers a variety of groups to meet student needs.

In group, approximately 6-8 students meet with one or two group facilitators and talk about their specific current concerns, needs, and goals. Group members also give feedback to each other by expressing their own feelings about what someone says or does. These interactions give group members an opportunity to try out new ways of communicating and to learn more about the way they interact with others. What makes the situation unique is that it is a safe and therapeutic enivironment. The content of the group sessions is confidential; what people talk about or disclose is not discussed outside the group.

In addition to addressing your specific concerns, group counseling can provide some of the following benefits: increased comfort taking risks to express concerns to others, learning alternative behaviors and perspectives, developing coping strategies, improving social and communication skills, and identifying ways to develop and/or maintain healthy relationships. During group, people also see that they are not alone. Many times people feel they are unique in their problems, and it is encouraging to hear that other people have similar difficulties and can understand what you are going through. In the climate of trust and safety provided by the group, people can care about and help each other as they address their own concerns.