Group therapy can be highly effective, and can even provide many benefits that individual therapy cannot. Depending on the nature of your concern, group therapy may be the ideal choice for receiving support and working toward change.
Counseling Services offers a variety of therapy groups. Some are more unstructured and members share and explore their feelings and perceptions, while others are structured and more focused on learning or developing new skills. Depending on the particular group, it may contain anywhere from four to twelve members and either one or two therapists.
Types of group therapy
In therapy groups, the emphasis is on change: changing problematic behaviors, attitudes, and emotions. Participants explore personal problems and concerns with a group of persons who have had similar experiences. Discussion includes both present issues and troubling past events, along with the negative consequences of those events. Therapy groups are safe, confidential, and supportive environments to work through problems, heal old hurts, express emotions, learn more about yourself, receive feedback on how others perceive you, and acquire more effective interpersonal behaviors.
In psychoeducational groups, the emphasis is on education and skill development. Participants engage in semi-structured discussions and exercises, role-play, and giving and receiving feedback, with the group leader functioning as a teacher, trainer, and facilitator. The focus is on acquiring information, learning new skills, and refining existing skills pertaining to a specific topic. Psychoeducational groups usually meet weekly for four-to-eight weeks, depending on the topic.
Scheduling group therapy
If you are currently meeting with a counselor at Counseling Services, you may speak with them about your interest in group therapy. If you are not a current client with Counseling Services, we ask that you call our office at (775) 784-4648 to schedule an Initial Consultation on the day you'd like to come in. At your Initial Consultation, a counselor will talk with you about the concerns you'd like to address, whether any of our current groups might be a good fit for your needs, and may then refer you to group.