Group Frequently Asked Questions
Can group therapy be as effective as individual therapy since I share the time with others?
Group therapy is often more effective than individual therapy. You can benefit by listening to others and their experiences. You will fid that you have much in common with other group members and as they work on a concern, you can learn more about yourself. Others will bring up topics that strike a chord with you, that you might not have been aware of yourself.
What are the benefits of group therapy versus individual therpay?
Group members are composed of various personalities, experiences, and coping strategies. The strengths of each individual group member can serve as a model for other group members. Human interaction is powerful and group members take the time to observe and share impressions in honest, constructive, and caring ways.
What if I'm too scared to talk in group?
Most people are anxious about being able to talk in group. Within a few sessions people feel more comfortable. All group members understand what it is like to be new to the group, so you will most likely get a lot of support.
Will I be forced to share my deepest thoughts and feelings in group?
No. You control what, how much, and when you share with the group. We encourage you only to disclose what you are comfortable discussing. You can also be helped by listening to others and reflecting on what they share and how it may apply to you as well.
How can I be certain other group members will not talk about me outside of the group?
While the group leaders cannot guarantee that members will maintain confidentiality, each group member agrees to confidentiality of the information shared in group prior to joining the group. For a safe and trusting environment, what is said in groups must remain among the members of the group.
Will it be safe for me to share with the group and not be criticized or judged for what I do, think or feel?
It is important that members feels safe in the group. Group leaders help develop a safe environment and will work to maintain a constructive and caring atmosphere. A benefit of group therapy is receiving feedback from others who are trying to help, while also having a trained group leader present to facilitate the conversation. In group you can receive honest and supportive feedback about how you might be behaving in ways that are hurtful to yourself or others. Group leaders will help members give feedback in a way that is respectful, thoughtful, and constructive.
Can I just try group and if I don't like it, stop coming?
Yes; students can stop attending a group at any time. However, it can take a few sessions to gain comfort with the group process and gain its full benefit, so you might consider attending a few times. Consultation with group facilitators or individual counselors is available to help students in making the choice to stay or not.
How are workshops and drop-ins different than group counseling?
Workshops are designed to provide information and skills. Feedback or comments as well as participation in practicing or exploring skills may be encouraged. Drop-ins are designed to allow the flexibility to come and go. You may attend as often or as little as you like.