Group therapy is often the best way to work on problems, especially when the problems deal with issues about your relationships. Being a member of a group allows you to interact with peers who are not part of your everyday life. These interactions, along with those of the therapist, can give you useful feedback that you may not get from friends or family. Group is also a safe environment where you can safely try out different ways of interacting with others, such as initiating conversations or improving your listening skills.
The specific groups available each semester vary in theme and time commitment, but in recent semesters we have offered groups for students struggling with anxiety (including social anxiety), depression, emotional regulation, eating issues, grief and loss, sexual identity, and general interpersonal issues for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Individual psychotherapy and counseling at CAPS are interventions for college students who are experiencing depression, anxiety, loss, or situational difficulties such as adjusting to transition and change. The goal is to enhance the individual’s ability to manage their feelings and behaviors, make sound decisions, achieve personal goals, realize potential, and feel more in charge of their life.
The nature, approach, and concerns encountered in individual therapy vary greatly depending on the particular student’s issues and concerns. For college students going through significant developmental changes, individual therapy may be designed to address a particular challenge or to assist them gain insight to their current behaviors and feelings.