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Spring 2018 Group Therapy Options

Stay Calm – Tuesdays, noon - 1 p.m.

This group is especially for students who experience anxiety, such as panic, worrying, out-of-control thoughts and perfectionism. This skills-based group uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to teach techniques to manage anxiety and prevent it from taking over your life! Learn to reframe negative thinking patterns, engage the relaxation response, and cope with anxiety triggers. Stay Calm provides a non-judgmental, confidential space to “vent” your worries, and to learn evidence-based strategies to free yourself from anxiety.

Riding the Wave – Thursdays, noon - 1 p.m.

Sometimes it can seem like our emotions are in charge. We might feel down all the time or our mood might change rapidly and intensely with little warning. Sometimes, our emotions get the best of us and we have to deal with the unintended consequences. This group is designed to help you be more aware of your emotions, thoughts and behaviors, so that you can be in charge of you. By learning and practicing evidence-based techniques on a weekly basis, including mindfulness, you can begin to experience the freedom of choosing how you want to be, instead of your emotions dominating your life.    

Group Chat – Thursdays, noon - 1 p.m.

Group Chat is a group focused on helping students feel comfortable in social situations. Previous topics have included dating and relationships, how to have relaxed conversations, and how to meet new people. For the spring 2018 semester, group topics will include topics such as improving time management, understanding what healthy and unhealthy relationships are, and how to manage difficult emotions.

Mindfulness for Balance – Fridays, noon - 1 p.m.

This skills-based group focuses on increasing your ability to manage symptoms, gain insight, and develop coping strategies needed to obtain the type of life you envision and deserve. This group will encourage you to utilize mindfulness-based techniques in all aspects of your life by incorporating said skills in your day-to-day activities, leading to a healthier and more balanced you.

What is group therapy?

  • Group therapy involves a small number of people (usually 6-12 people), who meet regularly under the guidance of a trained therapist.
  • Group therapy is an opportunity to connect with other people experiencing similar problems, to give and receive feedback and to begin to overcome your own challenges as you support others to overcome theirs.
  • Research has proven group therapy to be one of the most effective forms of therapy. Sometimes it is even more effective than individual therapy.

Is group therapy confidential?

  • Group members sign an agreement to maintain the confidentiality of all. Group members agree never to discuss anything that is said in group, never to identify who is a part of the group and never to publicize any aspect of the group.
  • Think about it: the other students in the group do not want anyone outside the group to know the details of the things they share, either, so there is a mutual interest in keeping things private.
  • Sharing of private information outside group may constitute grounds for dismissal of members from the group.

What do I talk about in group?

  • Your group is your place to talk about the issues that led you to contact the Counseling Center in the first place. Tell the group about the things that are most concerning you. You’ll see that others share some of your experiences, and if not, they certainly can connect with your emotions.
  • You can benefit from the group even if you say little, but listen carefully to others. After a session or two, most people discover many things in common with other group members and feel more comfortable about disclosing personal concerns.
  • The more you participate, by discussing your own feelings and providing responses to others, the more beneficial group will be for you.

What are the advantages of group therapy?

  • Group therapy proves you’re not alone.  Most people feel immediate relief when they see for the first time that their peers are struggling too.
  • Groups provide an instant support network and sounding board.
  • Groups offer you the chance to see how other people tackle problems. You can discover a range of new strategies for your own concerns that you may never have thought of on your own.
  • Group therapy helps you find your individual voice, by providing a safe space where you can learn to identify and express your thoughts and feelings.
  • Groups offer you the opportunity to see how you relate to others in the moment, and can help you see and act on some of the patterns that may interfere with the quality of your current relationships.

Are most people uncertain about the idea of group therapy?

  • Absolutely. Most people find it pretty intimidating to think about talking to a therapist and even more so to a group of peers and a therapist.  Also, without prior experience with group therapy, it’s hard to know exactly what to expect.
  • Initial anxiety is completely normal, and in almost every case, within a few sessions people feel comfortable enough to participate and immediately begin to see some rewards.

Are other group members going to judge me or make me feel uncomfortable?

  • In group therapy, just like in life, people sometimes make statements with which you disagree or that provoke a negative reaction.
  • In group therapy, it’s highly encouraged to express this discomfort! You can always have your say in group. This will also help you feel more confident about addressing negative experiences and relationships in your personal life.

How do I get started?

  • Call the Counseling Center at (914) 633-2038 to schedule your intake. Everyone will start with one individual meeting with a counselor to make sure that group therapy is the right choice for you.