Why Join a Group?
When issues involve relationships (family, romantic, peer), group therapy can be very effective. Members can try out new ways of relating to others that can be applied to relationships outside of the group.
Here are some of the possible benefits of participating in group therapy:
- Discovering ways to improve unsatisfying, frustrating, or disappointing relationships
- Feeling supported by peers
- Gaining increased self-awareness
- Increasing self-esteem
- Enhancing social and intimacy skills
- Decreasing loneliness and isolation
- Learning how to deal with losses effectively
- Feeling more hopeful and less hopeless
- A chance to experiment with ways of relating to others and to talk about the results
- An opportunity to help others who, in turn, help you
- To discover you aren’t the only one who….(fill in your issue here)
The more you are willing to participate and commit to the group, the more you will benefit from it.
Types of Groups
Interpersonal Process Groups: A counseling group at CAPS typically has 5-8 members and 2 co-leaders (group-trained CAPS professionals). Group sessions are usually 1 ½ hours long, and are held weekly during fall and spring semesters. What group members talk about and when is up to each individual. Most find that once they feel comfortable in the group, they benefit from discussing issues that led them to counseling. All members agree to keep group work and content confidential. This means that as the group develops and members get to know and trust one another, members can safely discuss their important concerns and issues, making the group more meaningful for all members. Group becomes more helpful as this trust develops.
Individuals can benefit from membership in an interpersonal group in the following ways:
- Gain greater self- awareness
- Understand their relationships better
- Improve existing and future relationships
- Increase self-esteem
- Learn to trust others
- Foster personal growth
Psychoeducational Groups: This type of group is more structured than a counseling group and each session will revolve around a particular topic related to the general theme of the group (for example: Anxiety Reduction). Psychoeducational groups are not necessarily held at CAPS and may be conducted at other campus locations. Goals usually include providing information and learning skills or new ideas. Psychoeducational groups may run for a specific number of sessions and may be 1 hour or less in format.
Support Groups: Support groups are created so that individuals can meet around a specific shared theme. Support groups provide a time to gather and discuss issues of mutual concern, to meet others who share similar issues, and to network and learn about helpful resources. Support groups may or may not be held at CAPS.
Feedback From MSU CAPS' Group Members
Of members surveyed in Spring 2012:
96% said the group helped them improve their ability to communicate and interact with others
84% said their well-being improved by the end of the group
92% said they would recommend group to a friend
I think I’m interested in group therapy, how do I get started?
It is normal to have questions when trying something new. CAPS offers group screening appointments so that you can meet with prospective group leaders, discuss your concerns and goals, and learn about the group. You and the group leaders will decide if a group is right for you. For more information, call 973-655-5211. For counseling groups an initial intake appointment will also be needed.