Student Health Services offers group psychotherapy in a confidential and safe atmosphere for students who may benefit from an interpersonal experience where the goal is to provide support and to learn from each other.
Groups offered may include:
Women's support group
- Gay and lesbian support groups
- Relationship enhancements
- Personal growth
- Test anxiety management
- Men's group
- Stress management
- Assertiveness training
- Communication and Interpersonal Skills
- Eating disorders support group
- Coping with HIV
- Grief support
Group members are carefully screened and confidentiality is emphasized. However, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.
For more information about participating in a group or suggesting an idea for a new group, call Student Health Services at (956) 882-8951.
HEALING GROUP THERAPY FOR VICTIMS OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE
Sexual abuse of a child is a special form of trauma. As McCarthy (1986) has reported, it probably begins at a much younger age than the child remembers, so that he or she grows up accepting that this is part of life. It is an important part of the environment which affects the child's psychic development. It usually occurs against the background of a cold, sick or absent mother, and a family in which there is little true affection or understanding. It is often accompanied by physical abuse. There may also be an element of psychological abuse which has been called `soul murder' (Shengold, 1979; Miller,1983; Hall, 1987). Group Analysis, Vol. 25, No. 4, 463-475 (1992). The abused child becomes an adult who is emotionally and spiritually scarred. Post-traumatic stress disorder is one of the most common diagnoses for the adult who has been sexually abused as a child, which can be manifested through any of the following: depression, anxiety, guilt, suicidal ideations, nightmares, sexual acting out, impaired relationships, drug and alcohol abuse, uncontrollable anger, and low self-esteem. Through careful and compassionate exploration of feelings, sharing of experiences and the development of a supportive and safe environment the participants will begin to heal and resolve their inner trauma. The group is led by a trained psychotherapist also experienced in spiritual counseling. The group meets every Wednesday at 2:00 P. M. Please call 882-3896.