The office of Counseling & Psychological Services offers time-limited professional counseling services to students with personal problems and concerns such as:
Services are available to full-time, matriculated, undergraduate Kutztown University students at no additional cost and are confidential. Ongoing counseling services are available for full-time students; consultation and referrals are provided for students who do not attend the university full-time. Counseling is provided by doctoral- and masters-level counseling professionals who are also faculty members at the university and by supervised masters- and doctoral-level counselors-in-training who are supervised by the faculty.
Available services include but are not limited to:
GROUP THERAPY SERVICES
Group therapy is a powerful treatment approach that facilitates positive growth and change.
Group provide an opportunity to be open and receive support from others in an environment of confidentiality, safety, trust and respect.
♦ Students can receive understanding, support and encouragement from others facing similar issues in a safe, confidential environment.
♦ You can also gain multiple perspectives and feedback from the group leaders and other group members.
♦ Group members can deepen self-awareness, enhance relationship skills and experiment with new ideas and ways of relating to others.
♦ Most students, though somewhat apprehensive at first, may report that the group experience was helpful far beyond their expectations.
♦ Group therapy is one of the most effective tools for addressing issues common among college students.
♦ Help with feelings of isolation and a sense of being alone with your struggles, thoughts and feelings.
♦ Try out new behaviors.
♦ Provide diverse views, responses and feedback.
♦ Members often develop insight into typical patterns of relating to people, allowing for an opportunity to challenge and change these patterns.
Why Group Therapy?
♦ Group therapy is the most effective treatment approach for many issues college students face. Most personal problems are interpersonal in nature. Very often they stem from our relationships or from our personal patterns of relating. Group therapy offers the rare opportunity to explore and understand how you relate to others and get specific feedback on how others relate to you.
♦ For many Kutztown University students, groups can be more effective and produce quicker results than individual counseling. The lessons group members learn from each other, and the chance to work through problems with other people who share similar concerns, are what make group therapy effective.
♦ Only in group therapy can you directly work on how you relate to others.
Isn’t Individual Therapy BETTER?
♦ Group therapy can be more efficient than individual therapy for two reasons. First, you can benefit from the group even during sessions when you say little by listening carefully to others.
♦ You will find that you have much in common with other group members, and as they work on a concern, you can learn more about yourself. Second, group members will often bring up issues that strike a chord with you, but which you might not have been aware of or brought up yourself.
♦ No one will force you to do anything in group counseling. You control what, how much, and when you share with the group. You do not have to share what you are not ready to disclose. When you feel safe enough to share what is troubling you, a group will likely be very helpful & affirming.
♦ Most people are anxious about being able to talk in group. Almost without exception, within a few sessions people find that they do begin to talk in the group. Group members remember what it is like to be new to the group, so you will get a lot of support for beginning to talk in the group.
How Do I Join?
♦ If you are currently seeing a therapist at the Kutztown Counseling Center you can ask him/her about joining a group or you can. You may also contact Dr. Laurane McGlynn, Group Coordinator at the Counseling Center by calling 610-683-4072.
♦ Prior to joining a group, a meeting will be scheduled between you and the group facilitator. During this meeting, you will have a chance to discuss your interest in the group, ask questions, identify goals and determine if group is right for you.
Spring 2021 Groups
♦ Covid Support Group (more information to follow), held Fridays at 11:00 am
♦ Mindfulness Skills Group: This group will provide instruction and practice in mindfulness skills including meditation, breathwork, body scan, gentle yoga, mindful eating and stress reduction practices. Held on Tuesdays at 11:00 am
Benefits of mindfulness include feeling emotionally calmer, awareness and acceptance of the present moment, clear and creative thoughts, developing skills to manage anxiety and depression and cultivating kindness and compassion for yourself and others.
We invite you to learn more about group therapy opportunities at CPS.
Groups topics and times change each semester, so ask your counselor about our current groups!
NOTE: Graduate students seeking non-crisis related services are required to pay the per semester Health and Wellness Center fee.