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Women's Support Group
♦ Wednesdays 12:15-1:30. Meetings will be held in the Mareyjoyce Green Women’s Center, MC 142.
♦ Facilitated by Jan Wheaton, Ph.D., Psychologist and Brooke Sanderson, M.S., Psychology Intern.
♦ Pre-screening required, call 216-687-2277
♦ Day and Time: TBA (call Counseling Center for more information; pre-meeting with facilitator
required, call 216-687-2277).
♦ Facilitated by Todd Seibert, Ph.D., Psychologist
♦ Group for those who struggle with social anxiety, social skills, isolation, problematic relationship patterns, and making connections to others.
LGBTIQA Student Support Hour
♦ Mondays 3:45 – 5:00, MC 104
♦ Runs from September 9th through December 2nd (excluding university holidays)
♦ Facilitated by Bruce Menapace, Ph.D., Psychologist
♦ Topics of concern for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally students.
How To Be Happier
♦ Tuesdays at 3:30pm to 4:30pm from September 10th to December 3rd.
♦ Meetings will be held in Mareyjoyce Green Women’s Center, MC 142 (group is for both men and women).
♦ Facilitated by Jan Wheaton, Ph.D, Psychologist and Brooke Sanderson, M.S., Psychology Intern.
♦ Based on the Book The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky. Participants are encouraged to purchase the book and attend all 13 sessions. Registration is required. Please call the CSU Counseling Center at 216-687-2277
Distress Management Group
♦ Wednesdays at 3pm to 4pm from September 4th to October 9th
♦ Mondays at 12pm to 1pm from October 21st to November 25th
♦ Facilitated by Todd Seibert, Ph.D, Psychologist and Preston Elder, M.S., Psychology Intern.
♦ Focus of group is on general distress management and focused on issues such as relaxation techniques, combatting negative thinking, self-care, loss and transitions, and assertiveness.
♦ Registration Required: Please call 216-687-2277
Tobacco Cessation Group
♦ Wednesdays at 3pm beginning October 16th
♦ Facilitated by Todd Seibert, Ph.D., Psychologist, and Preston Elder, M.S., Psychology Intern.
♦ Group will provide education and support to aid individuals who wish to stop or reduce tobacco use.
♦ Registration is required. Please call 216-687-2277
Please watch this video: An Introduction to Group Therapy
Group Therapy FAQs
- What is group counseling?
Group counseling is often similar to individual counseling, but it occurs in a group format. There are typically one or two counselors who facilitate the group. There are typically 4-10 group members and, depending on the group, they often have similar concerns (e.g. anxiety, GLBT concerns, grief, etc.). Groups typically meet once a week and meetings usually last for an hour to an hour and a half. Some groups are limited in how many times they meet while others are more open-ended. Groups are typically held at CSU’s counseling center in Rhodes Tower 1235 and are free for students.
- Why might group counseling be a good option for me?
There are several reasons why group counseling is equally effective, and often times more effective, than individual counseling for certain issues. For example, group counseling offers the unique experiences of feeling supported by others who share a common concern in a safe environment as well as supporting and helping others as they address issues that you have experienced or are experiencing. Likewise, since most people’s concerns impact them socially, group counseling allows the opportunity to address the social aspect of people’s concerns directly.
- Is it normal to be anxious/hesitant/doubtful about going to group counseling?
Yes! Most people are anxious, hesitant, and/or doubtful about attending group counseling. There are many reasons that such experiences are common, including trying something new, feeling vulnerable in a group of people that one does not yet know, and concerns about the effectiveness of group counseling, among others. Such feelings are often an indication that one is taking the endeavor of group counseling seriously and represents a healthy emotional response to a perceived risk. Such feelings may also themselves indicate that group counseling may be beneficial (e.g. if one is fearful of it, it may be helpful to face it directly).
- Who is eligible to be in group counseling?
It depends on the group. Some groups are open to all CSU students. Some groups require a meeting with a counselor at the counseling center before one can enter a group. Please check our website regarding CSU counseling center group offerings and for group-specific information about this topic.
- I have difficulty talking to people, especially in groups. Could I still benefit from group counseling?
Difficulties talking to people are very common. Such a difficulty actually suggests that group counseling may be especially helpful. Interacting with others one-on-one and in groups is an important part of everyone’s life experience. Having the opportunity to do so in a safe place like group counseling where one can specifically work on the skills and difficult feelings associated with talking to other people can be especially beneficial.
- I am worried that I will have to talk too much. Might this happen in a group?
Your participation in group is important, regardless of which group you attend. However, you will not be forced to talk or say anything you do not want to say, though you may be encouraged to participate.
- I am worried that I will not get to talk enough. Might this happen in a group?
Ideally, group members will participate roughly an equal amount of time over several group counseling sessions, but there are typically group members that participate a bit more than others. Nevertheless, group members rarely feel that they are not given enough time to talk. If a person ever feels that they are not being given enough time to talk, they are usually encouraged to voice this concern in the group or address it with the group facilitator.
- Will I have to reveal my deepest, darkest secrets in the group?
Absolutely not! Although disclosing important aspects of yourself may be helpful to you at some point during a group, you will not be forced or coerced to share any information that you do not want to share. You also will have the opportunity to develop a relationship with the other group members and group facilitator before choosing what information you want to discuss in a group.
- Is group counseling confidential?
The group leaders are legally and ethically bound to keep information discussed in the group confidential. However, other group members do not have the same legal obligation, so confidentiality cannot be 100% ensured. However, confidentiality is strongly emphasized with group members and maintaining confidentiality is typically a rule of every group.
- What if one of the other group members is someone I know?
If such a situation arises, group facilitators will attempt to address it with the best interests of all group members in mind and the input of the students in question will be of primary consideration.
- Can I leave a group if I no longer want to attend?
Yes. However, it is often important to discuss both thoughts and intent to leave a group with the group and/or group facilitator prior to actually leaving the group.
- What is the difference between a group and a workshop?
Workshops are educational/instructional in nature. Workshops primarily involve the workshop leader teaching information that might be important to mental health and/or academic success. Group counseling relies much more on participation from the group members and is focused on group members’ specific concerns.
- What groups are offered at CSU’s counseling center?
Group offerings change from semester to semester. However, some commonly offered groups focus on relaxation, grief and loss, women’s issues, GLBT issues, assertiveness, among others. Groups may also arise if enough people are interested in a particular topic or focus. Please check our website throughout the year or give us a call to find out what groups are being offered.
- How can I get more information on group counseling?
For more information, you can call us at 216-687-2277, continue to explore our website, or email Todd Seibert, CSU Counseling Center’s group coordinator at email@example.com.