Group Therapy

“Thank you for all your help in group. I’ve been implementing the techniques we learned and I’m doing much better and feeling happier than ever.” - Yale student

Group therapy is a type of counseling in which a small group of people meet weekly to discuss their concerns and problems.  A therapist leads the group by helping to facilitate these conversations.  Group members use feedback from others in the group to develop new perspectives and reflect on their experiences.  Some groups offer concrete skills and strategies while others are less structured in nature, giving group members the time and space to explore ideas, gain insight and understand more about oneself.

If you are interested in group therapy, please schedule an initial appointment. The therapist you meet with will answer your questions about group therapy and the group therapy options being offered.  If you already see a clinician in Mental Health and Counseling, you do not need to schedule a separate intake appointment.  Your current clinician can answer your questions and refer you to a group if appropriate. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is group therapy?

Group therapy is a type of counseling in which a small group of people meet weekly to discuss their concerns and problems.  A therapist leads the group by helping to facilitate these conversations.  Group members use feedback from others in the group to develop new perspectives and reflect on their experiences.  Some groups offer concrete skills and strategies while others are less structured in nature, giving group members the time and space to explore ideas, gain insight and understand more about oneself.

Why participate in group therapy?

Many emotional concerns have an interpersonal component. Group therapy can provide a safe setting in which to work on interpersonal relationships, dealing with social anxieties, or developing new skills. It can offer the opportunity to understand more about how you relate to others through specific feedback. Group therapy is also a place to work with others on learning strategies to deal with specific problems or difficulties.

What types of group therapy do you offer?

A variety of groups are offered each semester, designed to cover a wide range of topics.  Typically, our department offers groups which address anxiety issues, eating disorders, mood disorders, loss and bereavement, life transition issues, relationship issues and general psychotherapy concerns.  New groups can be started if there is enough interest in a particular topic.

Isn't individual therapy better?

Many students find group therapy to be even more effective than individual therapy.  By listening to and responding to concerns of others in the group, students often gain insight into their own difficulties.  Students often find that they feel better just knowing that they are not alone in their concerns.  You may be anxious at first about talking in group, but most students find this goes away within a few sessions.

How many people are in a therapy group?

Typically, therapy groups have 5-8 members.  In certain circumstances, a group may be slightly smaller or slightly larger.  Care is taken to make sure that groups do not include two students from the same residential college, graduate or professional program.

How long do groups last?

Some groups are designed to last for one semester and some groups last for the entire academic year.  Many students appreciate the opportunity for ongoing therapy through our yearlong groups.  A group therapy session typically runs for 75 minutes on a weekly basis.

How does confidentiality work?

Group therapy is confidential.  Everything and anything disclosed in group sessions must remain private and confidential with all of the members of the group.  It is expected that anyone who joins a group agrees to this condition of confidentiality.