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Group Counseling

Groups provide a safe yet challenging environment for you to improve interpersonal relationship skills and provide an opportunity to practice more effective ways of being. You will find that you will not only learn more about yourself but you will also be able to support and help others through a shared experience. Groups at Boise State are effective and free, and open to all students.

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Summer 2022 Groups:

  • Body Positive Boise State
  • LGBTQIA+ Support 
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Group Descriptions and Details:

  • Certain groups meet virtually while others meet in person. Please check the details below.
  • Free to join and participate.

Body Positive Boise State

Dates: June 7 – August 2
When:
Tuesdays
Time:
11am – 12:30 pm
Where:
Meet virtually via Zoom

This counseling group aims to improve one’s relationship with food and body-image through structured discussion and activities on principles related to reclaiming health, practicing intuitive self-care, cultivating self-love, declaring your own authentic beauty, and building community. The group is targeted toward individuals who would like to gain insight, skills and be a positive peer leader surrounding the culture of embodiment on campus. As with all of our groups at Boise State, this is a safe space group that welcomes all students regardless of shape, size, ethnicity, gender identity, etc. 

LGBTQIA+ Support

Dates: June 7 – August 9
When: Tuesdays
Time:
3:30-5 pm
Where: In person – Norco Building, 2nd Floor

Students who identify within the LGBTQIA+ community who want to explore and discuss their experiences involving gender and sexuality are invited to join this counseling group. The group will offer these students a place to exchange support and connect with each other on the topics of identity, transitioning, intolerance, relationships, coming out, stress/mental health, etc.

What can I expect?

While a group counseling experience is facilitated by a professional, in many types of groups the members usually determine the specific issues to discuss within each particular group theme. During the first session of a group, you might expect the group facilitator to define rules and boundaries within the group, and talk about the importance of confidentiality. You can also expect to develop new knowledge and skills related to your personal and social needs that can lead to more fulfilling life experiences.

Common Myths About Group

Myth: I’ll be forced to tell my deepest, darkest secrets.
Reality: You will only share what you are comfortable sharing. There is no requirement that you tell your deepest feelings and thoughts. You may find that as the group progresses, you become more comfortable expressing yourself which can be a fulfilling and affirming experience.

Myth: I don’t feel comfortable talking with people I don’t know, so I probably won’t benefit.
Reality: Many people have thought of the idea of talking in front of a group to be worrying as well, so you are not alone in this. Just listening to another group member can be a valuable experience. Hearing someone else share their thoughts or feelings may help you find that you are not alone in your experiences. As you listen, you will find that you have many things in common with other group members, and as they work on a concern, you can learn more about yourself.

Myth: I will be humiliated or attacked by group members or the leader.
Reality: Sometimes, hearing feedback about ourselves is hard to hear. The group leaders have a specific task to create a safe and supportive environment, making sure that all feedback is given in the most caring and respectful way. It is sometimes hard to find friends or family that can point things out to us in a helpful and caring manner, which is why groups can be so effective because they allow feedback to be given in a way that will be most beneficial for you.
Contact Information

To see the groups that are currently meeting, please email Brian Davies briandavies@boisestate.edu