Many people are hesitant at first about joining a group but quickly find that sharing their concerns with others, hearing about other people's similar experiences, and giving and receiving emotional support can be very helpful. Groups provide a variety of perspectives and allow members to try new behaviors in a safe environment. Past group members shared the following about their experience:
“Group is a good place to explore your thoughts and worries with people who can listen to you, laugh with you, and help you work through your problems.”
“Group has helped me realize that I’m not the only one who is going through my situation.”
“Group therapy has helped me to grow a lot. It has helped me to see aspects of my life from different perspectives, and to see things in a new way.”
What is group therapy?
Group therapy is a type of counseling that can be very effective in helping people solve problems and feel better about themselves and their lives. Group therapy typically consists of four to ten students and two counselors who meet for about ninety minutes once a week. All participants agree to keeping confidentiality about who is in the group and what is disclosed. Groups may be the sole treatment or complement individual therapy. Groups can also be a good way to continue to benefit from services after finishing individual therapy. All potential members of a group meet with a group leader in advance for a screening interview. The process helps to find a good fit between a student and a particular group.Click Here to read a short description titles "What Happens in a Therapy Group".
Why do people join groups?
Groups are effective for achieving an array of personal goals. The following is a list of items that may reflect your concerns:
|- Expressing thoughts and feelings||- Coping with stress|
|- Learning to communicate better||- Supporting others|
|- Increasing support system||- Facing fears|
|- Working on social skills||- Controlling temper|
|- Decreasing social anxiety||- Increasing motivation|
|- Improving personal relationships||- Improving mood|
|- Learning to manage emotions||- Learning to stop procrastination|
|- Getting better at making decisions||- Improving academic performance|
|- Becoming more independent||- Reducing anxiety and worry|
|- Becoming more confident||- Talking about family problems|
|- Learning more about oneself||- Learning to make and keep friends|
If any of these items reflect your reasons for seeking therapy, then group therapy may be the best option for you!
Types of groups at CAPS
Understanding Self & Others (Fall, Tuesdays 3:00 - 4:30, Spring TBD)
- Often the personal issues that bring us to counseling have more to do with how we relate to others than we think. The focus of Understanding Self & Others is to improve your relationships with others and your understanding of how you behave in relationships. You may also explore the connection between your interpersonal style and emotional well-being. This group is a safe place for undergraduate students to share honest thoughts and feelings about their own interactions and those of group participants.
Living Free (Spring, TBD)
- Focuses on reducing harm due to drug and alcohol use. Learn skills to cope with pressures to use in a non-judgmental and supportive atmosphere.
Graduate Student Group (Fall, Mondays 12:30 - 2:00, Spring TBD)
- Discusses common stressors for graduate students or non-traditional students, such as burn-out, loneliness, transitions in their lives, and balancing personal and family life.
Relieve Your Monkey Mind (Fall, Varies)
- Helps students to become aware of their thought patterns by using Buddhist meditation practices to reduce anxiety and increase focus.
Hope and Healing (Fall, Thursdays 10:00 - 11:30, Spring TBD)
- For women recovering from trauma. Provides a safe and empowering space to process their experience and learn skills to help manage emotional distress and how it has impacted their daily lives.
All groups are free to UC students. For more information, please call 513-556-0648.
Click here to view a video titled "An Introduction to Group Therapy" by Darius Campinha-Bacote. The video was his dissertation project at the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University and is used here with their permission.
Click here to view a powerpoint presentation titled 'Choosing Group'.