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Group Counseling

Your invitation to group work –

The Counseling Center offers a variety of growth/experiential groups which allow participants to gain the insight and courage necessary to take action to improve the quality of their lives.  Counselors have chosen fun, informative, and thought provoking activities designed to help participants safely explore themes related to developing a firm sense of who they are and what they want out of life. Commitment to a group allows one to build trust, give and receive genuine feedback, practice interpersonal skills, and experiment with new ways of relating to the world.  Group work is often the most beneficial counseling choice for healthy college students striving to grow and to make their lives more fulfilling.

How do I get involved in group counseling?

The Counseling Center continues to offer a wide variety of group treatment experiences. The availability of group therapy during a given semester varies depending on student interest and staff schedules.

If you are interested in participating in one of the following groups or if you have any ideas for additional types of groups you would like to see offered, please call the Counseling Center at (716)673-3424.  Below are a list of sample of our most popular offerings:

  • Women’s Group – This group will explore different issues that impact women’s day-to-day lives and allow group members to work with one another to explore these issues and discover more about themselves as women.  Topics covered will include body image, friendships, positive sexuality, and strength and empowerment.  Participants will explore these topics as a way to discover different aspects of their identity and to make meaning of their lived experiences.
  • LGBTQ Group -- This group will explore the different aspects of sexual and gender identities. Members will have the opportunity to discuss and discover what their own sexual and gender identities mean to them as individuals and as part of their families, communities, and society. Participants will also uncover how to integrate these meanings into their sense of self.
  • Personal Growth Group – This group will explore what it takes to build a happy and meaningful life.  Members will participate in research supported, experiential exercises that promote improved self-appraisal, emotional well-being, self-compassion, and healthy dependency.  Members will deeply explore who they are and what they want out of life.  They will also gain insight into the art of resiliency which allows one to:
  • Learn to overcome most of what life puts in your way
  • Have the confidence and courage to steer through new adversities
  • Bounce back from major setbacks
  • Reach out to broaden your worlds

  • Fredonia C.A.R.E.S.

     [Choice |Acceptance| Responsibility| Experience| Success]

    Fredonia CARES is a SAVP initiative designed to address alcohol and other drug (AOD) concerns on our campus.  The program responds to the individual needs of students who have been charged with a violation of the Fredonia Alcohol and Drug Policy.  Additionally, students who believe they might benefit from examining their substance use may take part in an appropriate workshop.  Students will participate in a private and confidential consultation regarding their substance use and will be referred to one of two unique, researched based, experiential workshops focusing on self-assessment to help better understand the risks and impacts substance use plays in one's life; and/or individual counseling services.  The program respects an individuals' values and personal choices regarding substance use, while recognizing that with new information, time to process it, and support for change, most people benefit from considering behavior change and exploring new beliefs.


Other group options, available based on interest.   

  • Eating Concerns Support Group
    This group is designed for individuals struggling with issues related to eating, weight, or body image. Common symptoms may include frequent thoughts of food, eating and/or weight; secret eating and/or vomiting; feeling "fat" despite normal or low weight; and excessive exercise. The group provides support for coping with these and other symptoms.
  • Rape Survivors Support Group
    This group is for individuals who have experienced rape/sexual assault either on campus or elsewhere. It is designed to provide support and to facilitate coping with symptoms such as self-blame, anxiety, depression, and anger.
  • Bereavement Group
    This group is for students who have experienced the death of a family member or friend. Grief is a natural reaction to loss, and typical feelings include depression, loneliness, anger, guilt, shock, denial, and hope. This group provides support for dealing with these feelings and helps facilitate movement through the grieving process.
  • Men's Inquiry Workshop
    Men's work is about working together to inspire each other to be the best we can be through the development of healthy relationships with other men.  When men get together to explore questions, to share experiences, and to address issues that are deeply important to men, they are more apt to take action out of the insights gained , and to improve their lives and the lives of those they care about.  The intention of a Men's Inquiry Group is to create an environment where men can profoundly nurture, trust and emotionally support one another.  It is a place where together we explore ourselves, embrace our full humanity, and deepen trust with each other.  Through the building of fellowship, an inquiry group enhances our lives, relationships, and supports us in clarifying and fulfilling our unique missions in life.
  • Men's Group

    The Men’s Group is a confidential therapy group that helps men learn how to deal with excessive or ruminative thinking, become more comfortable with difficult emotions, and engage in behaviors that facilitate goal accomplishment. If you are a man experiencing low motivation, feelings of sadness, anxiety, anger, isolation, or addictive behavior please contact us to find out if this group is right for you.

  • Military Friends and Family Support Group
    Do you have a partner, friend, or family member in the military?  Is deployment having an impact on your relationship?  Would you like to meet with others dealing with similar issues?  This group offers those whose lives are impacted by military service an opportunity to meet and support one another.

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