Group therapy is one of the most effective forms of mental health treatment for college students. The Counseling Center staff have designed groups that meet the specific needs of Colgate students.
Scheduling Group Therapy
Groups are run weekly, often starting about 2-3 weeks into a semester. If you are interested in joining a group, schedule a first appointment to speak with an individual counselor to talk more about joining the group.
USO (Understanding Self and Others)
This group is developed for students with depression, anxiety, identity concerns, or relationship issues. Using a flexible structure, the group will address a variety of topics pertaining to mood, stress, diversity, coping, and relating to others.
SAM (Stress and Anxiety Management)
Anxiety and stress are debilitating for many people and are the leading reasons why students seek services at the Counseling Center. The Stress and Anxiety Management (SAM) group will give students the opportunity to connect with others who struggle with stress, perfectionism, or obsessions.
Beyond the Binary
A supportive and affirming group where students can share common experiences and increase their sense of understanding regarding their own gender identity, sexual identity, relationships with others, and sense of empowerment. All identities w/in the LGBTQIA and non-binary gender are welcome.
Grief & Loss
This group is a confidential and supportive space for students to explore and process emotions related to various losses.
This group provides a supportive environment for male-identified students to connect, deepen self-awareness, and actively explore positive masculinity. Students will engage in interactive dialogue and atypical exercises to acknowledge and affirm their strengths, develop respectful leadership, and foster an environment that promotes a healthy peer culture.
CBP (Colgate Body Project)
A 5-week course that explores issues related to body image, sociocultural impacts of objectification, and promoting positive self-perception. You must register for the course to earn 1 PHED credit. This course meets at the Shaw Wellness Institute.
A space for students to gain support for and learn strategies to manage concerns related to eating and/or body image issues.
Empower: Support for Students of Color
This group was developed to foster honest, supportive, validating, and collaborative discussions about how to survive and thrive in college as a person of color.
Long Distance Life
This is a space for international students and those far from home, to explore and share personal narratives and life stories while living in the USA, explore coping-skills and maintenance for mental well-being, and experience the support of a community.
Navigating Chronic Conditions in College
This group will explore the challenges associated with navigating medical conditions during college, providing a space for support, connection, and sharing resources.
This group is developed to support individuals who have experienced a sexual assault or other traumatic experience.
Learn skills to cope with difficult situations in life, become better at managing emotions, and develop healthier relationships.
Injured Student-Athlete Support Group
This group was developed for student-athletes recovering from an injury to help develop/improve coping skills, build connection and a sense of community, and increase psychological readiness to re-enter their respective sports.
Frequently Asked Questions
Group therapy is a series of therapy sessions that usually include five to ten students and one or two group leaders. Students in the group are encouraged to talk about what is bothering them and provide others with feedback and support. Members control what they share with others in the group. Through the course of group therapy, members become better able to express their feelings about others. This form of therapy gives members opportunities to try new ways of interacting with others in a safe environment.
The exact format of group therapy depends on the purpose of the particular group you join. The group may meet for only a few weeks or a full semester. Some groups have a specific focus area (e.g., diminishing social anxiety) while others are directed at more general topics, such as interpersonal relating.
Sessions meet regularly for an hour per week. It is important for each member to attend the full length of each session. Generally, the first few group sessions are important for group members to get to know each other better and establish trust. This will allow each member to open up more freely and talk about themselves and their difficulties.
Group therapy gives members the chance to hear from others with similar problems. Instead of feeling isolated because of seemingly unique problems, members realize that some of their peers deal with similar difficulties. This allows members to learn from and care for each other.
Group therapy also provides students with a safe place to interact and explore possibilities. In group students tend to recreate life situations that happen outside of group, including the difficulties that brought them to the counseling center. Since the group leader is skilled in helping group members learn how to give support and offer alternatives, individuals can learn ways of interacting that lead to better outcomes.
Yes, all group members are expected to keep the information shared during group sessions confidential. Although group members can decide how to interact with each other outside of group, it is important that all group members agree to keep confidentiality about group topics. The group leader will discuss this with each member during the pre-group meeting and it will be stressed again at the beginning of group therapy.
This is up to you. All group members are encouraged to talk about their troubles during group sessions. Since everyone agrees to respect each other, you should not be frightened of saying the “wrong” thing. If you are unsure of the appropriateness of a topic, ask the other group members what they think.
Some students find the first few sessions of group therapy to be anxiety-provoking- this is completely normal! Many students find that after the first few weeks of group their anxiety decreases and they feel more comfortable sharing in group.
This depends on your situation. For certain types of problems, group therapy is a more effective form of treatment than individual therapy. However, it may be possible to be enrolled in group and individual therapy simultaneously, depending on your particular needs. This may be an important issue to discuss with the group facilitator or in a group session.
If you are already involved in counseling at the Counseling Center, talk to your therapist about group therapy. If you are not in counseling, you can set up a first appointment with a therapist at Counseling & Psychological Services to talk about this option. This consultation session does not commit you to group therapy, it just gives you a chance to talk more about it.
If you decide that you would like to explore this option more seriously, the therapist will help you schedule a pre-group meeting with a group facilitator. The pre-group meeting gives you and the group leader the opportunity to discuss the group in more detail and answer any questions you may have.