Have you ever thought about joining a group?
Group counseling is a unique type of therapy in which several individuals meet together with a trained therapist(s), often focusing on a common goal or process. Most groups contain 5-10 students and occur on a weekly basis. Some groups are focused on a single goal or are skill-focused, while others are more open in content. Discussion is often based on what students currently find troubling, and group members are encouraged to respond and provide feedback to other students. Feedback provides individuals with the opportunity to think about their own interpersonal styles and discover new ways of thinking about him/her self. As with individual counseling, group sessions are safe and confidential, and students agree not to discuss group material outside of the group. Group therapy may also offer an opportunity for longer term counseling, rather than the short-term nature of most individual therapy at the Counseling Center.
Group psychotherapy can work to help students in many ways. First of all, groups allow people to feel that they are not alone, and that other people may have experienced similar thoughts and feelings. Additionally, since the group functions through interpersonal interactions, many real-life interpersonal difficulties are also seen in the group itself. This allows individuals to gain new insight regarding their typical modes of interacting and how they might better handle interpersonal challenges. Furthermore, the contributions and support that an individual offers in the group can, in turn, help the individual learn more about him/her self and can promote positive change.
During the fall and spring semesters, we offer various groups to students based on current interests and needs of students. Groups provide a safe and confidential environment to discuss issues and support fellow students who are likely experiencing similar problems. Groups are open to Fordham students and are free of charge.
If interested in any of the following groups, contact:
Lincoln Center: Emily Wolf, Ph.D. at (212) 636-6228
Rose Hill: Heather Himes, Psy.D. at (718) 817-3732
S.T.A.R: Stress Reduction, Time Management, and Relaxation
Are you stressed out about academic deadlines piling up? Having difficulties
with time management and concentration? This group can helpyou gain
insight into common anxieties and problems with organization and
concentration, and relieve stress by exploring behavior patterns and
learning relaxation techniques. S.T.A.R. flyer
Exploring issues around your sexual orientation can help you better accept,
express, and understand yourself. Topics may include but are not limited to
relationships, coming out, the intersections of religion, family, politics, and
sexuality, and building a sense of community.
Interpersonal Graduate Student Connection
Explore concerns that are impacting your personal life and performance while
in graduate school. Topics may include achieving work/life balance, returning
to school as an adult learner, roadblocks to thesis completion, and the impact
of family and financial concerns on one’s experience. Students in the group
will examine how their interpersonal styles are related to their experiences in
school and life in general (LC campus only).
Survivors of Sexul Assault
For women who have been, or think they may have been, sexually assaulted at
any point in their lives. This supportive space is for you. You are not alone.
You may first speak with a counselor privately to see if the group will meet your
needs. Sexual Assault Group flyer
Seasons of Grief
This group provides support to students struggling with the loss of a loved one,
romantic partner, family member or friend. The group will help students identify
ways to cope and provide a safe space to share feelings (RH campus only).