Counselling Services Group Counselling

Group Counselling

What is group counselling and can it help me?
Each semester, C3A offers a variety of group therapy experiences. In group therapy, you can count on the expertise of the counsellors who facilitate the group. You can also get to know other students who are experiencing similar issues as you.

Groups at C3A are designed for students who want to understand themselves and others in greater depth. These may be students who have concerns about relationships with others; students who feel different from their peers because of the type of problem currently being experienced; and/or students who make choices based on what others want or expect instead of evaluating decisions for themselves. A common theme for group participants is wanting to learn how to change thinking, feelings and/or behaviour to feel better about themselves and cope more effectively with life.

Am I eligible for group counselling services?
Students, Faculty, Employees and NG Staff of NUST are eligible for Counselling services.

Can I trust that group counselling will be confidential?
C3A staff is ethically committed to confidentiality which means that even your attendance in a group at C3A is kept private and confidential by our staff. The issue of confidentiality is an important one, which is always addressed in the group immediately. Group members are asked to make a commitment to protect each other by agreeing not to divulge details which would identify you outside of group. While it is okay to share your own group experience with friends or family, it is not okay to discuss other members in any way. While we at C3A cannot provide you an absolute guarantee of confidentiality since we cannot control every group member, our experience indicates that students respect each other’s privacy, because they want their privacy respected as much as you do.

Several issues do not remain confidential and are based on the issue of protection. If someone appears to be planning harm to self (suicide), harm to others (homicide), or is aware of children or elderly individuals who are being abused, the counsellor is legally bound to break confidentiality in order to provide individuals the assistance they need.

Who are the group therapists?
Groups are lead by counsellors who have training in group therapy and expertise in the specific areas that a group has been designed for.

How do I join a group and when does it start?
Every semester, a variety of different groups are offered, and you can check out our current semester’s groups. If you are interested in joining a group, call 051-9085-1571/9 to schedule an individual meeting with the group therapist(s), who will recommend whether the group could be of benefit to you. Most groups start near the beginning of the semester, so be sure you call within the first few weeks of classes. 

How much does it cost?
There is no cost for services at C3A.

What can I expect group counselling to be like?
Groups can offer an intense, thought-provoking experience. The secret strength of group therapy is in the unique blend of professionals and clients united in the challenge of growth.

What groups are being offered this semester?
Groups are organised and offered every fall and spring semester. Most organise and fill up to capacity (usually 6-8 members) within the first month of the semester. However, some groups remain “open” to accept new members even up until the last month of the semester. Check out our upcoming events for Group Counselling.