Group Counseling

Group Counseling

CAPS offers a variety of groups to fit students needs and schedules. Our groups usually consist of 5 to 8 members (students) and are facilitated by two therapists. Groups meet weekly for 90 minute sessions. Groups conducted in the past have included “Men’s Group,” “Relationship Survival Group,” and general therapy groups which address depression, anxiety, and stress management, among other concerns. If you have ever considered participating in group therapy or if group has been recommended to you by your intake counselor or by someone else, you probably have a number of questions. Please refer to Group Counseling.

Just what is group therapy?   In group therapy, 6 to 10 people meet face-to-face with one or more trained group therapists and talk about what is troubling them. Members also give feedback to each other by expressing their own feelings about what someone says or does. This interaction gives group members an opportunity to try out new ways of behaving and to learn more about the way they interact with others. What makes the situation unique is that it is a closed and safe system. The content of the group sessions is confidential; what members talk about or disclose is not discussed outside the group.The first few sessions of a group usually focus on the establishment of trust. During this time, members work to establish a level of trust that allows them to talk personally and honestly. Group trust is achieved when all members make a commitment to the group.

Why does group therapy work?When people come into a group and interact freely with other group members, they usually recreate those difficulties that brought them to group therapy in the first place. Under the skilled direction of a group therapist, the group is able to give support, offer alternatives, or gently confront the person. In this way the difficulty becomes resolved, alternative behaviors are learned, and the person develops new social techniques or ways of relating to people. During group therapy, people begin to see that they are not alone. Many people feel they are unique because of 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 do I talk about when I am in group therapy?Talk about what brought you to the counseling center in the first place. Tell the group members what is bothering you. If you need support, let the group know. If you think you need confrontation, let them know this also. It is important to tell people what you expect of them. Unexpressed feelings are a major reason why people experience difficulties. Revealing your feelings – self-disclosure – is an important part of group and affects how much you will be helped. The appropriate disclosures will be those that relate directly to your present difficulty. How much you talk about yourself depends upon what you are comfortable with. If you have any questions about what might or might not be helpful, you can always ask the group.

CAPS Groups: Fall 2015

Art Therapy for Wellness, Positive Growth Through Creativity
Group Leaders: Tracy and Sue
Meetings: Friday 3:00 – 4:30, 182 High Street
Status: Closed and started

Art Therapy for Wellness is a process-oriented group held once a week for approximately 90 minutes and begins with a guided meditation. Group will continue with an art project, using a variety of mediums that will center on a “theme” of the day. Each week’s theme will be different with the overall idea of positive growth, healing, and wellness in mind. Members will therapeutically process their experience creating their piece of art and possibly what the work represents or is connected to. Group leaders and members will offer support and feedback in a safe and accepting space, allowing all members to grow and heal.


Men’s Therapy Group
Group Leader: Bryce   (Contact Bryce if interested)
Meetings: Friday 2:00 – 3:30, 192 High Street
Status: Open and populating (started)

The men’s group is a confidential interpersonal process group designed for 4-8 male identified students to gain and give support and to have the courage to ask for help and help other men. The group’s aim is to help each other find the strength to face problematic gender roles and live healthier, more authentic, and fulfilling lives.  The guys talk about a variety of things including stress, relationships, authenticity, anxiety, depression, school/career hopes, and moves from deeper issues to talking about media, video games, and sports.


Women’s Therapy Group
Group Leaders: Jill and Maggie   (Contact Jill or Maggie if interested)
Meetings: Tuesday 1-2:30
Status: Open and populating (not started)  

The women’s therapy group provides a confidential space where women can come together in a supportive, respectful environment. This interpersonal process group will encourage personal growth and success, as we learn and help one another through addressing issues prevalent to women.


Coping with College
Group Leaders: Laura and Sue  (Contact Laura or Sue if interested)
Meetings: Thursdays 3:30-5:00
Status: Open and populating (not started)

A group for students struggling with adjusting to Eastern. Open to males and females and we are looking for 5-8 students. This group will involve discussion of difficulty coming into a new situation, being in a new environment and dealing with anxiety and feelings of isolation. We also intend to include some psychoeducational component.


Group Leaders: Peggy and Jackie  (Contact Peggy or Jackie if interested)
Meetings: Monday 3:00-4:30, 182 High Street
Status: Open and populating (not started)

After is a 4-8 member Bereavement group designed to help students who have suffered a loss work through their grief process by experiencing and giving support.