Student Health and Counseling Services offers time-limited individual, couples, and group therapy.
You and the counselor you see for your first appointment will collaborate to determine the best approach to treatment for you. Individual therapy can run from one to several to “some” sessions, based on the treatment plan you and your counselor develop. If the two of you decide that longer-term therapy would be best, your counselor will provide you with several referrals to therapists in Grinnell or, if you prefer, within the greater Des Moines-Grinnell-Iowa City area.
Brief couples therapy can help you and your partner explore relationship issues, enhance your communication skills, and resolve conflicts. You and your partner will work with your counselor to explore your goals for counseling and to develop a plan for reaching them.
Confidential group therapy has been demonstrated to be a particularly effective form of therapy for certain issues, such as those related to self-esteem, identity, and family problems. Benefits include knowing that you are not alone in your concerns; sharing respect, perspective, and support with others; building relationships and relationship skills; and giving and receiving ideas, life experiences, and questions. The act of sharing feelings and experiences with others can be remarkably freeing, healing, and reassuring.
Therapy groups can be primarily educational, process-oriented, or both. Examples of types of groups we may offer during any given semester include relaxation and stress management; relationship enhancement; and recovering from disordered eating. Group options will change over time. Select Groups and Workshops to check out what we are offering!