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Group Counseling

What is Group Therapy?

Group Therapy is a form of therapy that provides a unique opportunity for growth and change. We offer group therapy at CAPS because research consistently indicates it is an effective treatment choice for many people. Group therapy provides a safe and trusting environment where students can gain support, share experiences and struggles, receive feedback from others, and try out new behaviors. Although some students are apprehensive at first about joining a group, ultimately most students report that their group experience was helpful and exceeded their expectations.

How do I join a Group?

A referral to a group can be made by a CAPS counselor, or by scheduling a group screening appointment with the group leader. Unless the group you are interested is designated as a “drop-in” group, students should schedule a group screening with the group facilitator prior to group participation. This screening not only gives you the opportunity to meet with the group facilitator and address any questions you might have, but also helps both you and the group facilitator determine whether a group will meet your needs.

What Are Students Saying About Group Therapy?

I loved having a safe space to practice opening up to many different people.

I am extremely grateful for the existence of the group program because I suspect that I would not have been able to pass all my classes without it. THANK YOU!!

I really enjoyed group so much that I think that it helped me not need individual therapy as much.

This was an extremely rewarding experience. I learned a lot about myself and other students and have goals to work on after group.

It’s an experience that can’t be had in one on one therapy, found it very helpful.

The experience was great!

I think this program was wonderful and that everyone should do it!

Emergency Assistance

A mental health emergency is an emotional or behavioral crisis that warrants same-day attention by a mental health professional. This may include, but is not limited to, significant changes in behavior that are not characteristic of a person, the presence of disruptive symptoms that interfere with the responsibilities of daily living, direct or indirect expressions of the intent to harm self or others, or the experience of a trauma.

If you or someone you know needs immediate help, CONTACT CAPS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Last modified September 02 2014 08:53 AM