JOIN A GROUP!
The Fordham Counseling Center is launching a number of counseling groups to provide help and support for students. Students can struggle with stress, anxiety, loneliness, and a host of other issues; we want you to know that, no matter the issue, you are not alone.
What are counseling groups?
This is a question a lot of people ask, partly because so few people have the opportunity to participate in one. In a counseling group, members discuss things that are troubling them, and are encouraged to provide feedback to other group members. There are typically six-to-eight members in a group, along with two trained counselors who guide and facilitate group interactions.
Counseling groups provide a confidential, non-judgemental, and supportive space to share thoughts and feelings, and to receive meaningful feedback. It also provides an opportunity to get a better sense of how we relate to people, and how people may experience us.
Because counseling groups can talk about some serious issues, the first few sessions generally focus on establishing a sense of trust between members — group members and counselors work together to build a group environment that allows members to speak honestly and openly with each other.
This sense of trust and safety is a part of what allows groups to be so effective; by making a commitment to one another to participate in the group and maintain the confidentiality of the group, members become more comfortable talking about their concerns and receiving support.
But is a group right for me?
People are often hesitant to join counseling groups because they aren’t sure it will really apply to their specific concerns. However, studies generally find that groups are just as effective at helping people as individual therapy — which is to say, groups are very effective.
Counseling groups are guided and facilitated by trained counselors, who work to provide empathy, understanding, and insight for all group members. Additionally, many people report that their interaction with other group members provided them with a sense of understanding, hope, trust, and shared purpose with the group.
Also, humans interact with other people on a daily basis, and many times those interactions don’t go as smoothly as we hope. Because counseling groups involve social interaction, they help members understand their social identity and get gentle feedback on how others experience them in a way that just isn’t possible in individual therapy.
Okay, I’m curious, but hesitant…
That’s okay! In fact, that’s expected. If you’ve got something on your mind and think talking it out might help, call the counseling center or come see us in person. We’ll schedule some time to speak with you personally to learn more about you and figure out what might help. We might recommend individual therapy, or counseling groups, or both.
This year, we currently have counseling groups planned Monday-Thursday, and groups meet once per week.
For more information about groups, group schedules, and to inquire about participation, please contact Dr. Debbie Lawrence at Rose Hill CPS (718-817-3740) or Dr. Philicia Rubin at Lincoln Center CPS (212-636-6228).