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. Some examples of group counseling experiences include:
- Personal Growth Group
Who am I? Who do I want to be? How can I improve my relationships? The Personal Growth Group is a confidential therapy group for students to examine their social relationships. Through weekly meetings, you will have the unique opportunity to learn and grow (personally and relationally).
- 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.
- Fredonia C.A.R.E.S.
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Fredonia CARES is a Counseling Center 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 SUNY 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.
- 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.
- 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.