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 this YouTube video about group counseling for more information
. You can also learn more about the groups we offer at the Counseling Center.

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 and;
  • 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.


RIO (Recognition, Insight, Openness)

An innovative program specifically tailored to provide quick and useful tools without overburdening the busy schedules of Loyola students.   RIO is a 3-week psychoeducational seminar designed to help students clarify their concerns and develop a clearer sense of what they would like to change in their lives.  RIO is a curriculum-driven workshop  and respects students’ individual privacy while still providing ample space to begin building skills through experiential training opportunities.  Programs like RIO have been shown to help with overall functioning and sense of well-being, improve concentration and grades, and make adjusting successfully to new environments and challenges more likely.

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.

  • Transitions: First-Year Students Group;
  • Grief Support Group;
  • Empower: Relationships Group for Students of Color;
  • Relationships Group;
  • Relaxation Workshop (Stress Management) and;
  • Women's 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.