Group counseling is a form of therapy where 5-10 group members share personal struggles together with group leaders. Group can be the best treatment choice for students to address life challenges and/or mental health concerns.
Most issues take place in social environments, such as among families or in schools, workplaces, clubs, and organizations. We interact and develop in this social setting, therefore most of our mental health concerns can be best dealt with in a social situation like group counseling. Group counseling is a safe and supportive environment to share your concerns, learn from one another, experiment with new behaviors, and better understand your issues.
Interested in joining group counseling? Contact our office at (616) 331-3266 to get started.
Groups Offered at the University Counseling Center
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