UHCS offers a variety of counseling or psychotherapy groups each semester. Typically a group of students meets once a week with a group facilitator to talk about challenges and issues relevant to the members. UHCS offers groups because we believe the group format is an effective way to address issues common among college students, and can be a powerful setting for growth and change. Either your individual counselor or the group facilitator will recommend group therapy when it is the best way to address your concerns.
Group therapy provides an environment where you can learn from others, and give and receive feedback. By interacting with other members, you become exposed to a variety of different perspectives and learn new ways to address your problems. This gives you an opportunity to try new ways of behaving and learn more about how you interact socially. Most importantly, you will learn that you are not alone in your struggles.
It is common to feel uncertain about participating in group therapy. You might feel anxious about joining and might have difficulty imagining talking to a group of “strangers.” Trust and confidentiality are the two most common concerns people have about joining a group. Confidentiality is requested and expected from group members to create a safe and positive environment for growth. As the group evolves you will likely develop a sense of trust in the other members, however, how much and how quickly you talk about yourself depends upon your own comfort level.
Groups Offered for Spring 2014
If you are interested in joining a specific group please call the main UHCS number at (617) 373-2772. Groups require a pre-group meeting with the facilitator to make sure the group meets your needs. If you are interested in receiving group updates by email, send an email to UHCS@neu.edu and place "GROUPS" in subject line. Groups are for Northeastern students ONLY.
The list below is a selection of groups that were run during the spring 2014 semester. Check back here and on our Forms page for information on future group offerings.
- Survival Skills for the Overwhelmed - A series of sessions to help students better understand and manage their emotions.
- be SMART - A series of sessions for those looking to understand factors that impact motivation and planning, as well as learn skills to set realistic goals and manage time effectively.
- Depression and Anxiety - Find support, create personal change, and connect with others within a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental setting.