One of the best ways for people to learn about themselves and their concerns is within the context of interpersonal relationships. In group therapy, six to eight people meet face-to-face with one or more group leaders to talk about what is troubling them. Groups are often viewed as equally or more helpful than individual therapy because participants get support and feedback from several caring individuals. Many people feel they are unique because of their problems, and it is comforting to learn that other people have similar difficulties. In group, participants have multiple opportunities to practice new skills and learn more about how they interact with and relate to others.
Counseling & Psychological Services offers a variety of free counseling groups at the main campus to UWF students. Group formats include short-term, semi-structured groups focused on particular topics, long-term process groups focused on interpersonal relationships, and support groups.
In semi-structured groups, interaction among group members is focused on supporting one another and facilitating self-exploration. In some semi-structured groups you may participate in group activities designed to increase your self-awareness or teach you new ways of coping with your problems. Participants may also be encouraged to try new skills outside of group meetings and discuss their success and setbacks with group members.
Participation in a process group offers you the opportunity to gain immediate feedback from group members and the leaders. By learning how others perceive you, you increase your self-awareness and intentionally focus energy into the aspects of your life you wish to change. Participation in a process group also gives you an opportunity to try new behaviors, express your feelings, and experiment with new ideas.
Support groups are usually developed around a particular problem area, and members share thoughts and feelings about themselves and their concerns. Sharing with and listening to others generates a variety of viewpoints from which to examine issues and develop a feeling of commonality among members. Support groups enable people to learn that other people struggle with the same issues, feel similar emotions, and think similar thoughts.
Call or come by Counseling & Psychological Services and ask the support staff to add your name to the group list that you are interested in. The group facilitators will contact you to schedule a group screening. Group screenings are often not conducted until a facilitator has determined that enough individuals are interested in that particular group for the group to begin.
During a group screening you will receive more in-depth information about the group you are interested in. This will be an opportunity for you to ask questions about the group and for you and the facilitators to determine together whether the group will meet your needs.
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