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Counseling & Psychological Services

Group Counseling

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Counseling & Psychological Services

Lawrence Center, Second Level
705 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2301
Fax: 610-436-3114


Group Counseling

Group Counseling is a form of treatment that focuses on the interpersonal relationships and social interactions that are a fundamental part of a group experience. Groups meet at regularly scheduled times and typically consist of 6 to 8 members.

The process of "counseling" takes place as group members interact with one another and explore problems with everyone in the group; members gain insight into their own patterns of behaviors while still offering support to others.

The Counseling Center strives to provide a safe and comfortable place on campus where students can work through their problems. An added benefit of group counseling is that it inherently helps students who struggle with social interactions. Most groups are comprised of students from different majors, backgrounds, and life experiences but all of this adds to the wealth of insight that can be gleaned when group members come together to share and focus on problem resolution.


NOTE:  The Wednesday and Thursday Navigating Relationships Groups are filled.  Please consider other groups to meet your needs!

Introduction to Group Therapy by Darius Campinha-BacotePlay video

Introduction to Group Therapy by Darius Campinha-Bacote

Spring 2020 Therapy Groups

  • Navigating Relationship Groups

    Are you concerned about your relationships? Social anxiety? Family issues? Asking for what you need? Figuring out who you are? These weekly groups will offer a safe, confidential place to discuss these issues, with other students. The leaders will facilitate group discussions to help participants better understand themselves and their relationships with others.

    • Mondays: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 
    • Tuesday: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm 
    • Wednesdays: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm 
    • Thursdays: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm 
  • Women's Group

    This group will focus on the shared experience of women-identified students who are survivors of past emotional, physical or sexual traumas that have affected the way they view themselves, their confidence, and their ability to trust others.  In a safe, supportive, and confidential environment, the group leaders will facilitate participants’ awareness of the lasting impact of unresolved feelings of past trauma.   Ways to strengthen self-esteem, bolster resilience, modulate the intensity of emotional expression, and manage safe interpersonal boundaries will be discussed.

    Tuesdays 2:00pm -3:30pm 

  • RAM Support Group

    The purpose of the support group is to provide a forum in which to explore the role substance use plays in your life, and it affords you an opportunity to examine personal issues that appear to be negatively impacting your decision-making.  When appropriate, additional treatment (e.g., individual or group counseling) may be recommended which would provide you with increased awareness, additional strategies and resources, and appropriate referrals to ensure your success, both academically and personally. 

    Thursday 11:00 am-12:00 pm

  • Grief Group

    This weekly therapy group is designed to be a safe and confidential place for students to discuss their experiences related to various losses in their lives.  The group leaders will facilitate discussions to give students an opportunity to process their losses and explore how these losses have impacted their lives.

    Fridays 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Stress-Less: What to do when life is a mess

    DBT skills Group

    This group is designed to help students learn effective ways to manage emotions and counterproductive behaviors. Through experiential activities and discussion this group will teach participants how to manage life with competence and confidence in the areas of relationships, stress and emotion management and the struggles of everyday life.

    Friday 11:00 AM-12:00 PM



    What are the goals of group counseling?

    The goals of group counseling are grounded in the basis that it is a group and there are more individuals with different levels of experience in attendance to share in the process. The Counseling Center believes that groups provide a unique means of resolving conflict and problems because group members:

    • Both provide and receive support
    • Gain understanding and explore possible outcomes
    • Practice interpersonal skills in a safe setting
    • Receive feedback on how they are perceived by others
    • Enhance their problem-solving skills
    • Decrease social isolation
    • Develop better communication skills
    • Improve their emotional expressiveness

    Why Group Counseling?

    In reality, most personal problems are interpersonal in nature. Typically, personal problems stem from past and current relationships or from the patterns of relating to one another that are unique to the individual. Group counseling offers the rare opportunity to better understand how people relate to one another and provides an opportunity to receive specific feedback in a supportive setting.

    Many students report effective and quick results as a result of being a group member. The group leader(s) also set the stage for trust and safety in the group. Once an individual experiences that safety in that setting, it is easier to recreate it in other aspects of one's life, such as in classes, in work, in one's living situation, with family members, with friends and with an intimate partner.

    How often do groups meet?

    Groups typically meet weekly, on a scheduled day and time, and run for an entire semester. The group leaders ask for the student's commitment for the entire group so members will feel a sense of cohesion and safety, knowing who will be there and who they can count on weekly. On occasion, groups that began in the Fall Semester will continue into the Spring Semester; this depends on the group leader and the decision and commitment of group members.

    Is there a cost associated with Group Counseling?

    There is no cost to attend groups. However, if you are an active member of a group and fail to notify the Counseling Center Front Desk personnel in ample time that you will not be able to attend a session, you will be assessed a No Show/Late Cancellation charge. This practice is analogous to the fee structure imposed by most doctors' offices. Knowing that others in the group look forward to having all members in attendance is important for the process of growth and change. Students have reported that the greatest progress was attained when they attended all scheduled sessions.
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