Why do people Join?
Most often people join group therapy because they are having difficulties in their relationships or have something in their lives that they are finding painful and difficult to handle. Some examples of the types of interpersonal issues that students bring to group are:
Loneliness or isolation
Excessive dependence in relationships
Frequent arguments with people
Discomfort in social situations
Difficulty trusting others
Being easily hurt or offended
Needing a lot of reassurance from others
Afraid of being left
Lack of intimacy in relationships
Communication of emotions
How do I join a group?
Contact the University Counseling Center by calling (307)766-2187, email firstname.lastname@example.org or come to room 341 Knight Hall from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. When you come in you will be asked to fill out paper work and given a walk-in appointment. During that appointment please mention to the clinician that you are interested in possible joining a therapy group.
What is group Therapy?
In a therapy group, six to eight people meet face-to-face with one or two trained group therapists and talk about what is troubling them. Members give feedback to each other by expressing their own feelings about what someone says or does. This interaction gives group members an opportunity to try out new ways of behaving and to learn more about the way they interact with others. What makes the situation unique is that it is a safe system. The content of the group sessions is confidential; what members talk about or disclose is not discussed outside the group. Members work to establish a level of trust that allows them to talk personally and honestly. Group trust is enhanced when all members make a commitment to the group.
How does group therapy work?
When people come into a group and interact freely with other group members, they usually recreate those difficulties that brought them to group therapy in the first place. Under the skilled direction of the group therapists, the group is able to give support, offer alternatives, or gently challenge the person. In this way the difficulty becomes resolved, alternative behaviors are learned, and the person develops new social techniques or ways of relating to people. During group therapy, people begin to see that they are not alone. Many people feel they are unique because of their problems, and it is encouraging to hear that other people have similar difficulties. In the climate of trust provided by the group, people feel free to care about and help each other.
What do I talk about when I am in group therapy?
Talk about what brought you to the Counseling Center in the first place. Tell the group members what is bothering you. If you need support, let the group know. If you think you need confrontation, let them know this also. It is important to tell people what you expect of them. Unexpressed feelings are a major reason why people experience difficulties. Revealing your feelings - self-disclosure - is an important part of group and affects how much you will be helped. The appropriate disclosures will be those that relate directly to your present difficulty. How much you talk about yourself depends upon what you are comfortable with. If you have any questions about what might or might not be helpful, you can always ask the group.
Why is Group therapy recommended for many of the students who come to the University Counseling Center?
Research clearly indicates that group therapy is often more times effective to individual therapy for many types of problems and is superior to individual therapy for problems for many types of problems and is superior to individual therapy for problems of an interpersonal nature. The fact is that many of the problems that students come to the counseling center for have an interpersonal basis, so that group therapy is really the therapy of choice.
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