Group Counseling

Group counseling is often the most beneficial form of therapy for many student concerns. Group counseling usually involves 4-6 students and a staff counselor as co-leader. Our therapy groups meet every week at the same time for one hour in the Health & Wellness Center. During that time, the members of the group discuss the issues that are concerning them while offering each other peer support and feedback.

Our groups bring together students with a variety of concerns that include:

  • Loneliness or isolation
  • Shyness
  • Excessive dependence in relationships
  • Superficial relationships
  • Frequent arguments with people
  • Discomfort in social situations
  • Difficulty trusting others
  • Being easily hurt or offended
  • Needing a lot of reassurance from others
  • Afraid of being left out
  • Lack of intimacy in relationships

Our group programs continue to grow every semester with SHU students reporting very positive experiences and results including identifying unhealthy behavior, understanding self better, understanding others better and improving relationships.


“Group offered me an unbiased audience to talk and vent to.” Female, Sophomore

“Group helped me learn to talk with others better.”  Male, Junior

“Group helped me see that I was not alone with my feelings.”  Male, Junior

“I now have a good idea of how I used to have irrational thoughts and miscontructed my own reality.” Male, Senior

“I learned I’m not as different as I thought and don’t feel alone.”  Female, Senior

“I learned to be more open-minded.” Female, Freshman

What skills can I gain from group?

  • Learning to communicate more comfortably and effectively
  • Identifying and exploring inner feelings
  • Getting feedback from others
  • Learning to express your own wishes and to act on your own behalf
  • Being honest with self and others
  • Becoming more sensitive to the ways people communicate
  • Learning about closeness and intimacy
  • Experimenting with new ways of relating to others

Why group works!

One of the major ways that group can be helpful to you is that it can replicate the ways you interact in your everyday life. Other group members and leaders can give feedback about how they perceive you and offer alternative ways of thinking and reacting in order to help you interact more productively.

Additionally, groups provide support, offer alternatives, or gently confront group members in such a way that difficulties can be resolved and new behaviors learned. It can be very encouraging to hear that others have experienced and worked through similar problems.

How can I trust what I say will be kept confidential?

At the SHU Counseling Center we emphasize and stress utmost confidentiality within our groups. Group members are asked to make a commitment to protect each other’s confidentiality by agreeing not to divulge any information that would identify other members outside of group. Our experience at SHU shows that group members respect each other’s privacy just as they respect their own. The only time the leaders of group would break confidentiality of one of its members is when a student expresses plans to harm himself/herself or others.

Call the Counseling Center for more information at 203-371-7955