Group counseling provides an opportunity for students to discuss common concerns with other students, with an aim toward personal growth and change. All groups are facilitated by a licensed PCC clinician. Under the guidance of the group facilitator(s), members support one another, explore personal concerns, share feedback, and challenge one another to develop healthier interpersonal and coping skills.
Research indicates that group therapy can be especially effective for student issues, and the Psychological Counseling Center (PCC) typically schedules several groups every semester. Each therapy group may have five to ten student members, led by a PCC clinician. Groups typically meet once each week for about 90 minutes, through the semester. Group meetings are held at selected campus sites.
Some students express concern about the confidentiality of group therapy. PCC staff expect participants in group therapy to maintain ethical and responsible standards of confidentiality concerning others' participation in the group. Group rules are established at the very first meeting. New Paltz group members have been respectful and protective of one another's privacy, and generally feel supported in group therapy. Most have commented that they find it beneficial to meet other students who share similar struggles.
If you are interested in joining one of our groups, discuss your interest during your PCC intake, or call the PCC at 845-257-2920 to schedule an introductory appointment with the group facilitator.
See the Group Counseling Brochure (PDF) for more information.
Group themes vary each semester. Some examples of groups facilitated by PCC staff include:
- Women's Support and Therapy ("SSWAG")
- Wise Mind (DBT-informed-skills-based group)
- Grief Support
- LGBTQIA+ Support ("All of Me")
- Anxiety Management (#SkillstoChill and PATH)