Additional Group Information
Myths About Group Counseling
- They’ll make me tell all my deepest, darkest secrets right away!
You alone decide what to say and what not to say in group. It takes time for a group of people to develop into a relationship. It is also normal to feel some anxiety about talking in a group. Pace yourself. Disclose what you are ready to disclose. Like most other things in life, however, you tend to get out of group what you put into it. If you make an effort to talk about what brought you to counseling in the first place, we are confident that you will have a positive experience.
- The group leaders are responsible for your participation and have the best answers to your problems.
Along with the right not to discuss what you’re not ready to talk about comes the responsibility to initiate your own participation. It is each group member's responsibility to tell the group what you need, provide feedback in a warm manner, share reactions to other members, and express your present emotions. Group leaders are not mind readers, and do not know when you want to say something. We also don’t have all the answers, though we certainly often wish we did! Don’t forget that the other members of the group may be another good resource for challenge, support, or suggestions.
- Group counseling is an inferior form of treatment and is only used here when the waiting list for individual counseling is long.
This may be the biggest myth about group therapy! In fact, research shows that group participants usually experience equally satisfactory results as those who receive individual counseling. Sometimes they even like it better! At our Counseling Center, we use group, individual, and couple counseling based on the students’ needs, not on how busy our schedules are.