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University Counseling Center

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

341 Knight Hall

1000 E. University Avenue

Department 3708

Laramie,, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-2187

TeleType: 307-766-2187

Fax: 307-766-3412

AWARE Program

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

341 Knight Hall

1000 E. University Avenue

Department 3708

Laramie, , WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-2187

TeleType: 307-766-2187

Fax: 307-766-3412

University Counseling Center

Group Counseling

 

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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University Counseling Center

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

341 Knight Hall

1000 E. University Avenue

Department 3708

Laramie,, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-2187

TeleType: 307-766-2187

Fax: 307-766-3412

AWARE Program

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

341 Knight Hall

1000 E. University Avenue

Department 3708

Laramie, , WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-2187

TeleType: 307-766-2187

Fax: 307-766-3412

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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