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Counseling & Psychological Services

Group Counseling

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Counseling & Psychological Services

Lawrence Center, Second Level
705 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2301
Fax: 610-436-3114


Group Counseling

Group Counseling is a form of treatment that focuses on the interpersonal relationships and social interactions that are a fundamental part of a group experience. Groups meet at regularly scheduled times and typically consist of 6 to 8 members.

The process of "counseling" takes place as group members interact with one another and explore problems with everyone in the group; members gain insight into their own patterns of behaviors while still offering support to others.

The Counseling Center strives to provide a safe and comfortable place on campus where students can work through their problems. An added benefit of group counseling is that it inherently helps students who struggle with social interactions. Most groups are comprised of students from different majors, backgrounds, and life experiences but all of this adds to the wealth of insight that can be gleaned when group members come together to share and focus on problem resolution.

Introduction to Group Therapy by Darius Campinha-BacotePlay video

Introduction to Group Therapy by Darius Campinha-Bacote

Spring 2018 Therapy Groups

  • Navigating Relationship Groups

    Are you concerned about your self-esteem? Relationships? Social anxiety? Family issues? Asking for what you need? Figuring out who you are? These weekly groups will offer a safe, confidential place to discuss issues, such as these, with other students. The leaders will facilitate group discussions to help participants better understand themselves and their relationships with others.

  • Women's Group

    This is a group that will focus on the shared experience of women-identified students who are survivors of past emotional, physical or sexual traumas that have affected the way they view themselves, their confidence, and their ability to trust others.  In a safe, supportive, and confidential environment, the group leaders will facilitate participants’ awareness of the lasting impact of unresolved feelings of past trauma.   Ways to strengthen self-esteem, bolster resilience, modulate the intensity of emotional expression, and manage safe interpersonal boundaries will be discussed.

    Mondays: 2:00pm -3:30pm (Leaders: 

    Dr. Judith Bijoux-Leist

     and Renée Roy, M.A.)

  • LGBTQ+ Group

    This weekly therapy group is designed to be a safe and confidential place for LGBTQ+ students to process their gender and sexual identities.  The leaders will facilitate group discussions to help students navigate their identities in the context of their everyday lives.  The group will meet weekly in the Counseling Center for the entirety of the semester. 

    Wednesdays: 2:00pm - 3:30pm (Leaders: Elizabeth Carper, LPC & Renée Roy, M.A.

  • No Mudd, No Lotus: Finding Your Inner Muddy Puddles

    Do you tend to be hard on yourself?

    Do you focus on helping others and not yourself?

    Do you hold your emotions in and work to push them away?

    Dogs have a way of teaching us to be more present and mindful, how to forgive others and ourselves, how to be compassionate with ourselves and others, and how to build connections. This group, with the help of Muddy Puddles (the Counseling Center’s therapy dog), will assist group members in embracing their inner, compassionate self by teaching ways to cope with difficult family and other relationships, learning ways to improve relationships and create deeper connections,  address perfectionism, improve self-care and how to better manage distress.

    Mondays: 1 pm - 2:30 pm (Leaders:

    Dr. Rachel Daltry


    Dr. Luciana MacNamara )
  • Sexual Assaulty Survivors Group

    This weekly therapy group is designed to be a safe and confidential place for students who identify as women to receive support around their past or recent experiences of sexual assault. The group will remain open for students to join at any point during the semester, but once they join, they will be expected to attend every week for the remainder of the semester, which helps to ensure a sense of consistency and safety for group members. Before potential members can begin attending meetings, they must first meet with the co-leaders to learn more about the group and determine if the group is mutually appropriate for their needs.

    Tuesdays: 1 pm - 2:30 pm (Leaders:

    Dr. Kristin Mehr




  • RAM Support Group

    The purpose of the support group is to provide a forum in which to explore the role substance use plays in your life, and it affords you an opportunity to examine personal issues that appear to be negatively impacting your decision-making.  When appropriate, additional treatment (e.g., individual or group counseling) may be recommended which would provide you with increased awareness, additional strategies and resources, and appropriate referrals to ensure your success, both academically and personally. 

    Fridays: 11:00 am-12:00 pm (Leader: Katie Bradley, LPC, CAADC) 



    What are the goals of group counseling?

    The goals of group counseling are grounded in the basis that it is a group and there are more individuals with different levels of experience in attendance to share in the process. The Counseling Center believes that groups provide a unique means of resolving conflict and problems because group members:

    • Both provide and receive support
    • Gain understanding and explore possible outcomes
    • Practice interpersonal skills in a safe setting
    • Receive feedback on how they are perceived by others
    • Enhance their problem-solving skills
    • Decrease social isolation
    • Develop better communication skills
    • Improve their emotional expressiveness

    Why Group Counseling?

    In reality, most personal problems are interpersonal in nature. Typically, personal problems stem from past and current relationships or from the patterns of relating to one another that are unique to the individual. Group counseling offers the rare opportunity to better understand how people relate to one another and provides an opportunity to receive specific feedback in a supportive setting.

    Many students report effective and quick results as a result of being a group member. The group leader(s) also set the stage for trust and safety in the group. Once an individual experiences that safety in that setting, it is easier to recreate it in other aspects of one's life, such as in classes, in work, in one's living situation, with family members, with friends and with an intimate partner.

    How often do groups meet?

    Groups typically meet weekly, on a scheduled day and time, and run for an entire semester. The group leaders ask for the student's commitment for the entire group so members will feel a sense of cohesion and safety, knowing who will be there and who they can count on weekly. On occasion, groups that began in the Fall Semester will continue into the Spring Semester; this depends on the group leader and the decision and commitment of group members.

    Is there a cost associated with Group Counseling?

    There is no cost to attend groups. However, if you are an active member of a group and fail to notify the Counseling Center Front Desk personnel in ample time that you will not be able to attend a session, you will be assessed a No Show/Late Cancellation charge. This practice is analogous to the fee structure imposed by most doctors' offices. Knowing that others in the group look forward to having all members in attendance is important for the process of growth and change. Students have reported that the greatest progress was attained when they attended all scheduled sessions.


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