Chairs arranged in a circle, all in different bright colorsDifferent treatments work for different people. One such treatment is group therapy.
Call SHACS at 641-269-3230 for an appointment to learn more.


Wednesdays — SHACS office (Forum, lower level)
11:30 a.m.–12:50 p.m.
2:30–3:50 p.m.

Why Are Groups Helpful?

Group counseling is as or more effective than individual counseling in helping members acquire new ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving. This is because group members can practice new behaviors both within the group and in their everyday interactions outside of group.

Group members often work on their relationships with one another. This can involve developing trust, building intimacy, and/or working through conflicts.

Group members often begin to see how working on relationships with other group members can translate into progress on the concerns that brought them to SHACS initially.

The more you invest, the more you get out of your group experience, which is a unique opportunity for personal growth during your undergraduate study.

Group Is Not Set Up to Provide Immediate Relief

Group is designed to re-create some of the interpersonal situations that cause problems in your life. What’s unique about group is that you can actively experiment with helpful ways of dealing with those types of situations.

The “feeling better” part happens after you have practiced and reflected on these new behaviors, thoughts, and feelings — it may take time to get there!

Group Meetings Are a Commitment

For a group to work effectively, it is important that you attend all scheduled weekly sessions and be there on time.

Confidentiality: What is talked about in group stays in group

Group leader(s) keep all information about group members and the group process confidential.

Members are mutually responsible for not disclosing any information about others to anyone outside of the group.

“Try Out” Group Before Judging It

You may feel overwhelmed, anxious, or ambivalent during your first few group meetings. It may not be immediately apparent how working on relationships with fellow group members can be of value in resolving the concerns that brought you to SHACS. The benefit of group counseling gets clearer with time and your investment.

Try to hang in there! Better yet, if you are feeling frustrated or discouraged, try saying that out loud in the group! Although that may sound scary, it would probably be the most helpful thing you could do for yourself and the group.

Information contained in this document was adapted from University of Iowa University Counseling Service documentation.