Loyola University Maryland

Counseling Center

Group Counseling

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Group counseling is often the most effective counseling intervention. Counseling groups typically have five to eight members and are led by one or two counselors. Most groups meet weekly for one and a half hours and run for a semester or year. Both undergraduate and graduate students can participate in counseling groups. You may try a group out for a few weeks to decide if it is a good fit for you.

Please view the following video for more information about group counseling: Group Counseling

Recent group members have shared the following anonymous comments:

“Group was one of the best things I could have ever done. I have grown and matured exponentially during the past year. Group has helped me to be able to communicate my feelings and thoughts.”

“It’s really nice to be able to say what’s going on in my head without being judged because everyone is experiencing / dealing with similar issues.”

"Group was better than I expected.  I gained confidence to give input in discussions."

"It was better than I had hoped for - I felt close, cared for, and better able to express myself."

"Group was definitely better than I expected it to be.  I didn't think it would help that much, but it definitely helped me get to a better place in my life."

"Group counseling was very satisfying.  It was helpful to discuss my problems, and it was usually fun!"

Group counseling allows students to:

  • Talk confidentially about your concerns
  • Share your feelings and hear the experiences of others
  • Explore your identity and how the Loyola Community meets your needs
  • Receive support from group members and counselors
  • Learn about alternative ways of looking at personal problems
  • Understand and be understood by others in similar circumstances
  • Learn you are not alone and have much to share with others that can help
  • Discover new ways to manage your own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  • Renew your sense of hope and ability to resolve challenges in your life
  • Learn about yourself and new ways of relating to others

Each group member decides how much he or she wants to share. Because of the climate of trust within the group, members feel free to care about and help each other.

Group Offerings

The following list includes most of the groups that are offered at the Counseling Center. Every group is not offered every semester as availability and need varies. New groups can be designed depending upon the needs of students.

  • Assertiveness Training Group
  • Body Image Group
  • Connections: First-Year Students Group
  • Grief Support Group
  • Relationships Group
  • Relaxation Workshop (Stress Management)
  • Self-Esteem Enhancement Group
  • Women's Issues Group

Learn more about confidentiality.

Students can become members of a group by making an appointment at the Counseling Center. A counselor will discuss the issues of concern with you and help formulate a plan to deal with these issues. Your counselor will then assist you in becoming part of a group.

Feeling Stressed?  Want to learn better ways to manage your stress?

The Counseling Center has partnered with Dr. Mary Jo Coiro in the Psychology Department to offer a novel approach to stress management in college students. The study will target two key areas related to stress and its impact on health—complex thinking skills known as executive functions and skills for coping with stress. Eligible Loyola undergraduates will be randomly assigned to participate in either a web-based "brain fitness" program, a 6-week skills-based group aimed at teaching ways to cope with stress, or a combination of the brain fitness program and the coping skills group. The study aims to explore the impact of both brain fitness training and skills-based stress management training programs on students’ cognitive functioning, coping, and overall mental and physical health.

Click here to request more information about the study.