Individual counseling is one way of dealing with personal difficulties such as depression, anxiety, recovery from abuse and trauma, substance abuse, sucidal thoughts and disordered eating. If you are struggling with any of these or other difficulties, come to the Counseling and Testing Center to complete the initial paperwork and consult with a counselor about how we can assist you.
Couples Counseling can help students learn how to communicate more effectively with a partner, resolve conflicts and develop a more mutually satisfying relationship. Couples counseling is available to students and their partners. Partners do not have to be students.
Common Questions about Group Therapy
Why Group Therapy
Group therapy provides a unique way to learn about oneself and one's relationships and to give and receive support and feedback from others. It is the treatment of choice for building satisfying relationships with others.
Why Choose a Group Instead of Individual Therapy?
For many types of problems, group therapy is the treatment of choice. Groups provide the opportunity to observe others solving their problems. Groups provide the advantage of a network of support from others with similar concerns. Groups are also especially helpful in building trust, self-acceptance, intimacy, communication skills and empathy.
What are Some of the Advantages of Group Therapy?
If there are two organizing themes to all types of therapy, it would be that almost all problems come from problems relating and that for therapy to be useful, it needs to be applied outside the therapy room. Group therapy offers one of the most challenging and rewarding ways to learn and practice new ways of relating to yourself and others. Plus, participation helps remind people that they truly are not alone in their struggles.
What does Research say about Group?
Two published research articles combined the results of 32 studies that assessed the effectiveness of group therapy in comparison to individual treatment. The authors concluded that group therapy is either equally or more effective than individual treatment. *
Tillitski, C. J., A meta-analysis of estimated effect sizes for group versus individual versus control treatments. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Vol 40(2), Apr 1990.
McRoberts, C., Burlingame, G. M., & Hoag, M. J. Comparative efficacy of individual and group psychotherapy: A meta-analytic perspective. Group Dynamics, Vol 2(2), Jun 1998.