Counseling Center

Forest Trail

Group Counseling

General Information about Groups

What is Group Counseling? (pdf)

Each semester the Counseling Center sponsors several structured, support or process groups. Typical groups consist of 4 - 10 students along with a staff facilitator that meet for approximately 1.5 hours once a week. Before joining a group, students will have an opportunity to visit individually with the group leader(s).

Groups offer a helpful alternative or supplement to individual counseling by encouraging participants to interact with others who have similar concerns. Groups are ideally suited for addressing interpersonal concerns and provide an effective environment to learn new skills and strategies.

Members often realize that they are not alone in their difficulty and may receive support and feedback from others. Group leaders may provide information to help address members' concerns and facilitate a process where group members can learn from each other.

Groups are designed to be a confidential and a safe place where members can learn and experiment with different behaviors (e.g. interpersonal interactions, relaxation techniques, thought changing techniques, and coping strategies, etc.)

How do I join a group?

If you are already receiving services at the Counseling Center, inform your counselor that you are interested in joining in a group. If you are not currently receiving services at the Counseling Center, come to the center located on the second floor of DePaolo Hall to complete the paperwork indicating your interest in joining a group. After completing this paperwork, an appointment will be scheduled for you to visit with a counselor so that you can discuss your interest in joining a group.

Additional Information

For additional information, contact the Counseling Center at 910-962-3746 or come by the center, located on the second floor of DePaolo Hall. The Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).

Groups for Spring 2017

Modern Family (pdf), Thursdays at 3:30pm

Struggles with our families are often a natural and inevitable part of everyone's life. This group is a safe place for students to talk about difficulties with parents or challenges with siblings and better understand the impact of family dynamics on their well-being while providing a place to practice new relational strategies to separate and relate.

Personal Explorations, Tuesdays at 11:00am
Personal exploration groups offer a place where students can be supported by others and hear what others would do if they were in their shoes. Through weekly discussions, this group provides a safe space to focus on how problems in your life influence day-to-day activities and relationships.

Thriving with Anxiety, Mondays at 2:00pm
We all worry. Worry and anxiety indicates to us that things are important and perhaps require action. Learn to live with anxiety and thrive! Sometimes, worry gets in the way of our ability to lead a full life. In this group, you will learn about: your anxiety and how trying to control anxiety can keep you stuck; finding your values; and making choices based on your values.

I have Anxiety???, Wednesdays at 2:00pm
Anxiety; do you manage it or does it manage you? Students will learn new skills to manage anxiety in a 2 session workshop. You will participate in relaxation exercises and learn cognitive strategies for dealing with anxiety-provoking experiences.


For more information please come by DePaolo Hall second floor, Room 2079, or call (910) 962-3746.