Counseling and Psychological Services

Frequently Asked Questions

What is group therapy?

Group therapy is a powerful tool for change and growth. In group therapy, 5-8 individuals meet face-to-face once each week during the semester to share their struggles and concerns. The power of group therapy lies in the opportunity to receive multiple perspectives, support, encouragement, and feedback from other individuals in a safe and confidential environment. In order to have the greatest effect, we ask members to remain in the group for the duration of the semester. Facilitated by 1-2 counselors.

Is what I say in group kept confidential?

The group facilitators are bound by law to maintain confidentiality, except under some special circumstances. While we cannot guarantee that other members of the group will not talk about you outside of group, everyone does sign an agreement before group stating that they will not do so. Group facilitators take time to emphasize the importance of this in group. And you will always be in control of what you choose to share with the group.

If I don’t like the group, may I get out of it?

Yes, you can leave the group. We know that group can be uncomfortable at the beginning, and that participants report feeling more comfortable after a few sessions. So we ask that you remain in the group for at least three sessions before you decide to leave. In order for the group to be beneficial, it is important for members to attend weekly.

Additional Questions?

Call 308-3171.