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Group Therapy

General FAQs about group therapy:

Why should I consider group therapy instead of or in addition to individual therapy?

Group therapy, compared with individual therapy, offers some unique benefits such as:

  • learning though listening to and observing others,
  • learning about your patterns of relating with others through live group interactions,
  • receiving feedback from multiple people with differing perspectives,
  • practicing new and intentional ways of relating with others in group,
  • working through social anxiety and differences of opinion that are inherent to all groups,
  • and being of help and value to others.

Group Intake Form

Is group therapy confidential? Is it free of cost?
All University Counseling and Wellbeing Center groups require members to commit, verbally and in writing, to keeping what is shared in group confidential at all times. Group leaders will directly and immediately address any known breach of confidentiality. Group therapy is free to Duquesne students.

Who runs groups?
All groups are facilitated by licensed therapists, post-doctoral psychology residents and/or psychology doctoral student trainees (under the supervision of licensed psychologists.)

How many people make up a therapy group?
Groups contain between 5 and 8 members.

Can any student join a therapy group? How can I join one?
All potential group members first meet individually with the group leader(s) to assess if group is an appropriate fit. Please see below for specific groups offered at the Counseling and Wellbeing Center. Please call us at 396-6204 if you'd like to schedule a group screening for any of the groups listed below.

Is regular attendance required, or can I drop into any group session?
It depends on the group. Members of Connections, our current group offering (see below) are asked to commit to attending weekly as long as they remain active in the group.

Current Group Offerings
The University Counseling and Wellbeing Center in conjunction with the Psychology Clinic will be offering two Connections groups for the fall 2016 semester (day and time TBD), which will meet weekly. These groups are open to undergraduate and graduate students. These groups specifically focus on how members interact with each other, working from the "group microcosm" theory that states that the automatic ways that members interact with each other in group represent members' patterns of relating in other significant relationships. As members' patterns of relating emerge in group, members will receive feedback that promotes insight into their patterns of relating with others, and have opportunities to practice relating in new ways with other group members. Connections groups would thus be particularly beneficial for any student who generally feels somewhat unfulfilled or dissatisfied in their relationships (such as with friends, co-workers, partners, family members, etc.)

Please contact Dr. Laura Kessler, Groups Coordinator of the University Counseling and Wellbeing Center, at kesslerl@duq.edu, with any further questions, comments, or suggestions.

 Information in this site is not intended to replace a one-on-one consultation with a licensed mental health worker.  If you are a student having problems, we urge you to contact us at 412.396.6204 to schedule an appointment.