Group Therapy: What's In It for You?

Posted on 2/16/21 5:31 PM

Did you hear about the group therapy options at the IUP Counseling Center?

Dr. Dylan CorpDylan Corp, a psychologist at the Center, answers some frequently asked questions about group therapy.

What is Group Therapy?

Group therapy is a counseling intervention designed to help people learn from their peers. In group therapy, students discuss with each other their struggles, provide support, and practice relating to people in a new way. It is different from individual counseling because, in addition to talking about your concerns, you can practice healthier communication and coping strategies with your peers.

Who Makes Up a Group?

This semester, groups will consist of two group leaders and four to six student members. Student members can be graduate or undergraduate students, and do not need to be in Indiana this semester to participate (though they must be within Pennsylvania). Members typically do not know each other prior to group; and if they do, we will decide collaboratively how to address any discomfort or discuss options to switch to another group. The group leaders will be psychologists or psychologists in training at the counseling center.

What Does a Typical Session Look Like?

Group sessions will be held over Zoom and last 75 minutes. Although each group will look a little different, you can expect that each session members will take turns discussing their concerns and supporting each other. Because the focus of the group is on improving connection and relationships, we often will discuss how group members are connecting and communicating with each other so they can practice skills they can use on their relationships outside of group. Group leaders will help members stay engaged, asking questions or bringing up certain topics to help facilitate discussion and support.

What Can I Gain from Group?

Group can be beneficial in many ways. It allows members to develop a more accurate sense of how others see them, which can help boost self-confidence or foster insight into how we are communicating. Group allows you to get support from your peers, helping you feel connected and understood when you may have trouble thinking others can relate. Overall, group gives you an opportunity to practice relating to others differently and learn how to form healthier relationships with others.

What if I am Too Shy?

Shy people often benefit most from group! Because group focuses on learning ways to connect in the moment, group offers a safe place for members to practice speaking up without the normal fears of rejection. If you feel anxious about talking to a group of people about your problems, you aren't alone. Most students feel anxious at the start of group, which is why group is specifically designed to help foster comfort and support among members.

When is Group?

For spring 2021, students have the option to join one of two groups:

  • Tuesdays, 3:15-4:30 p.m. or
  • Wednesdays, 1:15-2:30 p.m.

Group will run from the week of March 8 until the week of April 26.

Participation in groups requires an initial meeting with the group facilitators. To schedule this initial meeting or to ask questions, contact the Counseling Center by phone at 724-357-2621 or email counseling-center@iup.edu.