Group therapy is often the treatment of choice for many of the issues that students face. We offer a variety of groups to help students learn new skills, improve interpersonal relationships, and increase self-awareness. By engaging in a group, students often feel more connected and can develop the skills to grow and succeed.
All therapy groups are free and confidential. Students must be a CAPS client and complete initial CAPS paperwork to attend a therapy group.
All CAPS groups are free. They also do not affect the other session limits that you might have for individual therapy, couples therapy and medication management.
Most individuals are pleasantly surprised at how much they gain from participating in group. Unlike individual counseling, group counseling provides invaluable opportunities for you to connect with others who might have similar problems, practice new interpersonal skills in a group context and gain multiple perspectives on your concerns from different group members.
Most groups have between 6 -10 students; however, each group varies. Feel free to ask the group facilitator how many members will be in the group you intend to join.
No, you definitely don’t have to do that. You can decide how much you want to share and no one will force you to reveal your secrets or feelings. Most group members tend to share more about themselves when they feel safe in the group. While we recognize that sharing can sometimes be uncomfortable, we also know that many members report getting more out of group when they decide to share more personal aspects of themselves. We encourage you to be aware of your pace for group involvement and to share when you feel comfortable doing so.
Yes. It’s normal that some members will talk less than others in the group. You can share with the group that you hope to share more as you begin to feel more comfortable. We encourage group members to be respectful of individual differences. You can take your time to open up to the group.
Figuring out how to get your needs met in group is a very common concern among members. If you find yourself needing more time in the group, we recommend that you bring it up within the group or with the group facilitator. Group is an excellent place to work on assertiveness!
We recognize that it might be awkward to be in the same group with a friend/classmate. Please let group leaders know immediately if you have an existing relationship with someone else in the group. If that happens, the group leaders, in consultation with the group members, will decide how best to resolve this situation.
It may work out to have both of you stay in the same group, or it may be best to have one of you find a different group to join. In the latter case, leaders will consult with you or your friend/classmate and do our best to find another appropriate group that matches your needs and schedule.
Yes, it’s possible to leave the group if you’re uncomfortable with it. We know that group is often uncomfortable at the beginning – if you feel this way, you are not alone! We also know that group members report feeling more comfortable after a few sessions, so most group leaders encourage their members to remain in the group for at least a few sessions before they decide to leave.