Group counseling is a type of therapy in which several students meet with a trained therapist(s), often focusing on a common goal. Members learn from others' experiences, receive and give feedback, receive support and learn that they are not alone. Groups offer individuals the opportunity to share personal concerns in a safe, confidential and supportive environment. Research shows it to be as effective as individual counseling, and for some issues, it can be more effective. Students can benefit from group therapy in many ways:
- Connect with others facing similar issues
- Learn and practice new skills in a safe space
- Share experiences and gain perspective from talking with others
- Improve self-awareness, self-confidence and social skills
- Enhance acceptance of self and others
Counseling Services at Sindecuse Health Center offers several groups open to current Western Michigan University students. Most groups meet weekly and are open to new participants. Call Counseling Services at (269) 387-1850 if you are interested in participating. You may have a brief pre-screening appointment with a counselor prior to participation in groups that are not drop-in.
Please call (269) 387-1850 to see if a group is active. If participation is low, a group may not continue to the end of the semester.
Fridays 2 to 3:30 p.m. drop in All women who identify as a visible minority are invited to join this support group. Participants will explore the intersection of race, gender, orientation, socio economic status, and relationships in a safe and supportive environment.
Facilitators: Danielle Standish, Ph.D., LP
When Parents Have Problems
Fridays 12:30–2 p.m. drop in For students struggling with a mentally ill or addicted parent.
Facilitators: Becki Beronja, LPC