What is Group Therapy?
The counseling center is pleased and excited to offer group therapy services to Eckerd residential students. Most people may have ideas about group therapy or wonder what really happens in a therapy group. Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy, focusing on developing insight and changing behavior. Group approaches to personal growth are frequently the most effective way to explore and support changes you may wish to make in your life. Through these formats, you can gain specific skills and strategies to meet personal goals, explore areas that present personal challenges, and gain support and encouragement from others.
Typically, four to ten clients form a group with one or two experienced group therapists. Most therapy groups meet every week at the same time for 1.5 hours a week. Before you join a group, a “group screening” with the group therapist(s) is scheduled. This provides you the opportunity to get to know the group therapist(s) and ask questions about the group. During the group time, the members of the group discuss the issues that are concerning them and offer each other support and feedback. Interpersonal interaction is highly valued and encouraged.
Each semester Counseling Services will offer at least two counseling groups for students currently registered in the residential program. Starting dates for the groups will vary. Confidentiality in group is strictly respected.
If you would like to know more about group therapy, please visit Counseling Services in Edmundson Hall or call 727-864-8248.