Group counseling is a powerful tool for growth and change. In group counseling, 5-10 individuals meet face to face to share their struggles and concerns with the facilitation of 1-2 group therapists. Group counseling is an effective treatment modality for many emotional concerns, personal struggles, and relationship issues that students face.
The power in group therapy lies in the unique opportunity to receive multiple perspectives, support, encouragement, and feedback from other individuals in a safe and confidential environment. These interpersonal interactions can provide group members an opportunity to deepen their level of self-awareness and to learn how they relate to others. Additionally, group counseling can be a safe and supportive place to experiment with new ideas and ways of being.
The University Counseling Center offers a wide array of groups to address the needs of GVSU students.
Interested in joining group counseling? Contact our office at (616) 331-3266 to get started.
Groups Offered at the University Counseling Center
- Group sessions last from 60-90 minutes
- Groups can vary significantly based on session format
These groups are helpful in addressing feelings of loneliness, depression, anxiety, self-esteem concerns, and challenges in relationships. Students will share experiences, give and receive support/feedback, and experiment with new interpersonal behaviors in a safe environment.
Identity groups refer to a person’s sense of belonging and sense of self. These groups provide students the ability to talk and build resiliency and dialogue around lived experiences. These groups aim to be a normalizing experience for each member.
Theme-based groups combine education, process, and support based around a particular theme that group members share. Theme-based discussion includes specific topic and sharing of group member concerns.
Support Groups are designed to help students whose lives are impacted by similar issues, to come together and receive information, support, and guidance from one another. These groups focus on providing a space for validation, encouragement, and mutual understanding. They present a safe space for exploration of thoughts, feelings, and reactions.
These groups provide a space in which students can learn and practice tools for enhancing their well-being and managing specific concerns. These groups are usually more structured and involve more direct instruction from the group leader.
These outreaches are open to students on a drop-in basis, so you are welcome to attend one outreach or as many as you would like. Contact the University Counseling Center to sign-up: (616) 331-3266