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Common Questions and Myths about Group Therapy

I don’t feel comfortable talking in a group or sharing my problems with strangers.”

  • It is common to feel uncomfortable at times when sharing, but most people find their feelings of safety and willingness to talk increases as the group progresses.
  • Individuals often come to look forward to group because they feel some connection to other members and start to feel some confidence in building new skills.
  • In these skills based groups, you do not have to share a lot to gain a lot.


“How can this group help me?”

  • Our skills based groups focus on developing strategies for coping with stressors faced by students at Boston College.
  • If you have been referred to a group, a UCS clinician believes that this is the best step at this time. 


“All anxiety is bad, and group will eliminate all anxiety.”

  • Some anxiety is a natural and adaptive part of life.  Avoidance in fact builds and maintains unhealthy anxiety.  The goal of group is to develop skills for making anxiety more manageable. 
  • These skills require practice, but will help you form healthier habits for managing the distress we all experience.
  • Some students may opt to schedule a consultation with the group clinician at the end of group to discuss best next steps if they feel additional help is needed.


“My problems are not as bad as others’, or are worse than others’ problems, so I won’t fit in.”

  • Group may provide a place for you to experience compassion for yourself and others, without having to decide who deals with the worst problem.
  • Relief can be accelerated when we truly recognize that we are not alone in our struggles.


“I am uncomfortable being in group with one of the other members.”

  • The group leader can confidentially help you explore the extent of the conflict and make adjustments as needed.  We will work with you to find the best fit and solution for your level of comfort and progress in treatment. 


“If I decide I don’t like group, can I just stop coming?”

  • Group members are encouraged to attend all 4 sessions in the cycle as each session will provide new tools and support.  However, you may decide to stop coming at any point.  We encourage you to speak with the group clinician prior to leaving to explore any other possible resolutions.


"I will be forced to tell my deepest thoughts and feelings and group members will talk about me outside of group."


  • There’s an expectation of confidentiality within the group. Everyone will be encouraged to participate but you decide for yourself how much personal information you would like to share. You only share as much as you feel comfortable with.