COVID-19 Updates: Fall Semester

Current Groups

Current group therapy offerings may be found here

What is Group Therapy?

Group therapy… is an effective and powerful form of psychotherapy. Joining a group offers the opportunity to build connections, feel a sense of belonging, develop coping skills, and improve self-awareness. 

In a group therapy session, you have the chance to hear from other members of the group and share your own experiences. These types of interactions help us to feel less alone, as we begin to recognize that others may also be struggling in similar ways. We may find it validating to hear that other Middlebury College students are also working on figuring out how to navigate college life, understanding aspects of their identity, and more. 

As the sharing process begins to take shape in group therapy, trust forms and an authentic self can emerge. This may be the first time you feel safe enough to “try out” and invite aspects of your true self forward. You may find that you are truly relating to others for the first time. 

Group therapy can also be a space to discover coping skills that can be integrated into your daily life.  You may also find it helpful to share coping skills that have worked for you in the past with the rest of the group. This intersection between learning and offering up coping skills lays the framework for robust group therapy. As we begin to realize that we have powerful feedback to receive and offer, self-compassion for ourselves and kindness for other group members develops.     

While the structure of our groups differs depending on the topic, the benefits of group therapy remain strong across the types. Group therapies can be more process- or skills-based. They can run for a limited workshop series length or for the entire semester. The overarching benefit to groups, regardless of the structure, is the opportunity to spend time with others. This, in itself, is a form of self-care. 

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Phone: (802) 443-5141
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