By Ryan Patel DO, OSU-CCS Psychiatrist
For OSU students, Individual or one on one counseling and therapy can be helpful for a variety of emotional concerns. However, group therapy is also an important option for many concerns (1-3), including but not limited to:
- Certain types of anxiety and depression
- Relationship problems
- Post traumatic stress disorder
- Social anxiety
- Alcohol and or substance use
- Many other concerns
- These findings are supported by several studies as summarized in the review articles referenced below.
Other benefits of group therapy include:
- Reduced stress
- Better coping with relationship difficulties
- Emotional support for identity and self-esteem concerns
- Knowing that you are not alone
- Helping each other solve problems
- Support from others
How can group therapy help you? Are you ready to give it a try?
Group therapy structure at OSU-Counseling and Consultation Service (OSU-CCS):
At OSU-CCS, groups are free and open to all university enrolled students. A screening is typically required for participation. Most groups are 90 minutes long, meet weekly and consist of 5 to 8 members.
Groups offered to OSU students
What OSU students say about group:
- “Group is just a safe place for me to come every week to unwind and get my mind straight.”
- “It is just nice to be in an environment where other people are struggling with similar things.”
- “Group has helped me a lot and I enjoy coming to group.”
- “I always thought that group counseling is like what you see on T.V., all cold and calculated, but my group experience at CCS has felt warm and collaborative and also fun.”
- Dobson, KS. A Meta-Analysis of the Efficacy of Cognitive Therapy for Depression. Journal of Consulting and Qinical Psychology 1989, Vol. 57, No. 3,414-419.
- Robert J. DeRubeis and Paul Crits-Christoph. Empirically Supported Individual and Group Psychological Treatments for Adult Mental Disorders. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 1998, Vol. 66, No. 1, 37-52
- American group psychotherapy association. Evidence on the Effectiveness of Group Therapy. http://www.agpa.org/home/practice-resources/evidence-based-group-practice Accessed 1/21/2015.
Disclaimer: This article is intended to be informative only. It is advised that you check with your own physician/mental health provider before implementing any changes. With this article, the author is not rendering medical advice, nor diagnosing, prescribing, or treating any condition, or injury; and therefore claims no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or injury caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented.