Support Groups, Workshops & Therapy Groups
Group Therapy Formats
Group therapy is a form of counseling in which a small number of people meet together, usually weekly, under the guidance of a therapist to help themselves and one another. All groups create an emotionally safe, supportive, and united space. Group therapy is an evidence-based form of therapy which has many benefits, particularly for college students.
Support groups and workshops are one-time or drop-in spaces for those with shared identities (e.g. international students, BIPOC identified) or shared interest in a topic such as stress reduction, trauma, mindfulness, or self-care.
Benefits of Participating in Group Sessions
- Increased self-awareness, reflection, and coping skills
- Reduced symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress
- Connect with others and learn from each other’s experiences
- Practice new relationship skills and learn to love yourself by being yourself
During Group Sessions
- Groups are facilitated by CHW clinicians, providing a safe and supportive space for all members
- All group members commit to confidentiality to maintain safety and privacy
- Each group member decides how much they want to share. You can learn a lot by observing and most people find group most helpful when they share their concerns with the group
- It’s normal to feel anxious or uncertain at the first group meeting. Some groups or workshops meet only once, while others are ongoing and ask that students to commit to attending 3 times before deciding if it is a fit for you
- Groups typically meet for a set amount of time and students benefit most from participating in the full experience
Join a Group or Workshop
- Current offerings are publicized on CHW Social Media, this webpage, or by contacting CHW staff. Many students are referred to various groups or workshops after discussing their specific concerns with someone from CHW wellness, counseling, or health staff
- Therapy groups do require an initial consultation with counseling staff and/or the group facilitator so you can learn more about the group and determine if it feels like a fit for you
- Drop-in Groups and Workshops do not require an initial appointment—students can attend anytime
If you have questions or want to learn more about our offerings, contact Anne Hoffman, Staff Clinician or or call the CHW front desk at 617-573-8226.