Group Therapy

Group therapy is free of charge and enrolled students may attend as many sessions as they would like. The group sessions are confidential. You, other members, and the group leaders are bound ethically and legally not to disclose the contents of the group sessions.

Why does it work?

During group therapy, people begin to 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. In the climate of trust provided by the group, people feel free to care about and help each other.

What types of groups are there?

Psychoeducational groups: This group is structured like a class and a specific learning objective will be met in each session. Group members are expected to apply the skills learned in group to their everyday life.  All of our groups are psychoeducational.

Self-help group/Support group: In this type of group, all members share a common problem, such as addiction, and the focus is to provide mutual support. The group is facilitated by members; a therapist or other professional is not involved. The South Loop Young People's Club is a self-help group. Although Counseling Services advertises the group on its web site, staff is not involved in the organization or facilitation of this group.

(This text was developed by Jack Corazzini, Virginia Commonwealth University)

Emotions: What Am I Feeling And How Do I Cope?

College life can be exciting, but also unpredictable.  Sometimes when we face new challenges and experiences, we also face new and difficult emotions.  This group will help you identify and understand how you feel, so you can manage these emotions in healthy and positive ways.

When: Every Monday at 12:00pm

Where: Counseling Services, 731 South Plymouth Court

If you have any questions, please contact Counseling Services at 312-369-8700

Social Success

For some people, making friends comes naturally. For others, it can take some work. Whether you are shy or you just have trouble making connections, please join us to learn social skills and healthy ways to manage social anxiety.

When: Every Tuesday at 12:00pm

Where: Counseling Services, 731 South Plymouth Court

If you have any questions, please contact Counseling Services at 312-369-8700

Navigating Healthy Relationships

Establishing a meaningful connection with others is an important part of the human experience. However, achieving this is not always easy. Please join us to gain skills in the following pillars of healthy relationships:

Understanding your role in relationships
Identifying and setting healthy boundaries
Learning to effectively communicate
Practicing empathy


When: Every Wednesday at 12:00pm

Where: Counseling Services, 731 South Plymouth Court

If you have any questions, please contact Counseling Services at 312-369-8700

Body Image and Yoga

Feeling stressed or insecure? We're to help. Through gentle yoga poses and calming relaxation exercises, this group will guide you toward self-acceptance and a healthy body image.

When: Every Thursday at 12:00pm

Where: Counseling Services,  731 South Plymouth Court

If you have any questions, please contact Counseling Services at 312-369-8700

Happiness and Success: What Are They And How Can I Find Them?

Do you ever find yourself feeling unfulfilled or unhappy?  Is it difficult for you to feel successful in your life? Sometimes our ability to feel effective in these areas can seem unclear and even elusive. Please join us for a discussion on the various definitions of happiness and success and ways that you can begin cultivating them into your own life.  

When: Every Friday at 12:00pm

Where: Counseling Services, 731 South Plymouth Court

If you have any questions, please contact Counseling Services at 312-369-8700

      

South Loop Young People's Club

South Loop Young People's Club meetings are now being held on campus. The group gathers to talk and listen. No pressure. Just talking and supporting. Meet other people who feel similar struggles and similar life challenges. There is no need to feel the anxiety and pressure of alcohol dependency alone. 

Location: 623 S. Wabash, Room 216

Time: Tuesdays at 6:30pm

Bridging The Gap

A program that connects newly recovering students, with an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) member who has been sober for at least one year. Counseling Services will link students interested in staying sober with a Bridging the Gap volunteer- the goal is to find the best match based on age, gender, and neighborhood. The partners attend meetings and acclimate themselves with the comforts the AA program provides. 

If you have any questions, please contact Counseling Services at 312-369-8700.

Common Misconceptions About Group Therapy

"I will be forced to tell my deepest thoughts, feelings, and secrets to the group."

You control what, how much, and when you share with the group. Most people find that when they feel safe enough to share what is troubling them, a group can be very helpful and affirming. You can also be helped by listening to others and thinking about how what they are saying might apply to you.

"Group therapy will take longer than individual therapy because I will have to share the time with others."

Actually, group therapy is often more efficient than individual therapy. You can benefit from the group even during sessions when you say little but listen carefully to others. You will find that you have much in common with other group members, and as they work on a concern, you can learn more about yourself.

"I will be verbally attacked by the leaders and by other group members."

It is very important that group members feel safe. Therapists are there to help develop a safe environment. Feedback is often difficult to hear. One of the benefits of group therapy is the opportunity to receive feedback from others in a supportive environment. It is rare to find friends who will gently point out how you might be behaving in ways that hurt yourself or others, but this is precisely what group can offer. This will be done in a respectful way, so that you can hear it and make use of it.

"Group therapy is not as good or as effective as individual therapy."

If the recommendation of group therapy is made to you, it is because the therapist believes that is the best way to address your concerns. We do not put people into group therapy because we don't have space in individual therapy, or because we want to save time. We recommend group when it is the most effective method to help you.

"I have so much trouble talking to people; I'll never be able to share in a group."

Most people are anxious about being able to talk in group. Almost without exception, within a few sessions people find that they do begin to talk in the group. Group members remember what it is like to be new to the group, so you will most likely get a lot of support for beginning to talk in the group.

(This text was developed by Jack Corazzini, Virginia Commonwealth University)