Group therapy is a powerful treatment that allows people to connect deeply with themselves and with others. As one of the most effective treatments for a variety of concerns, we offer a diverse array of groups throughout the year that are focused on personal growth, skill development, and peer support. Some are open to everyone and some require an informational meeting before you can join. If you are interested in a group, please contact our Office Manager at 315-859-4340.
Connecting with others is a basic human need. Yet so often our relationships are threatened by conflict, miscommunication and fear. These groups will help you understand how you relate to yourself and others in this dynamic and ever-changing social landscape. We may explore romantic and interpersonal relationships, family dynamics, and personal growth and development. These groups require a pre-group informational meeting.
How well do you cope with stress and stressful situations? Is it hard for you to say “no” to others or ask others for what you need? This group will use skills-based techniques from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to help you learn to identify your feelings and shift your negative self-talk while helping you build beneficial coping skills around reducing stress and anxiety. It will also teach skills related to interpersonal effectiveness and assertive behavior. This group will be 6 sessions long and offered twice during the Fall Semester. This group requires a pre-group informational meeting.
What are your roles in relationships? What are the expectations others have regarding these roles? How do you relate to other women? How do you feel about yourself as a woman? Our group focuses on giving people who identify as women a unique space to process questions around our gender identity and socialization while creating deep bonds with one another. This group is based around a feminist psychology perspective where the group gets to take the lead in what is shared and how it is shared. This group requires a pre-group informational meeting.
People all have different requirements for self-care, but in general, the goals of self-care are to find a state of good mental and physical health, reduce stress, meet emotional needs, maintain one's relationships (both romantic and platonic), and find a balance between one's personal and academic or professional life. This weekly, drop-in group will include brief centering/mindfulness exercises and helpful strategies for you to learn how to take care of the most important person in your life...YOU!
This is a group for folks of all genders and sexual identities to talk about issues of intersectionality through the lens of gender and sexuality. Whether you are on the DL or out loud and proud, this group will provide a forum for discussing your sexual and gender identity in the context of your lived experience.
The ISS Group (facilitated in English) provides a safe, confidential, and fun place for international students to come together to discuss adjustment experiences in the U.S. and to support each other. Any Hamilton international students, regardless of national origin, age, race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity, are welcomed. Possible topics include cross-cultural experiences, emotional and relationship challenges (e.g., home-sickness), as well as academic and career-related concerns. This group requires a pre-group informational meeting. Hope to see you soon!
The Wilderness Adventure Quest is a weekend group; we hope to offer two groups in October and one in April, weather permitting. Stay tuned to your email for more information. These groups require an application, which will be sent via email several weeks before date of the trip.
** Prospective group members are required to attend a pre-group information session. This is a brief meeting with the group leader before group begins that provides information about the group, and helps determine if the group is a “good fit” for each person.
To access any of the services or resources we offer, please call our Office Manager Mary Hoying at 315-859-4340 or stop by our office at 100 College Hill Rd.
If you are in crisis and want to talk with a counselor, please call the number above and you can be connected to a telephone counselor immediately. If you would like to connect with an off-campus crisis resource, please call 1-800-273-TALK or text "START" to 741741.
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Fall/Spring
"Going to the Counseling Center's group therapy was one of the best parts of my weeks at Hamilton. The degree of support and openness in group is something I hope every student at Hamilton gets to experience."
"Hamilton's group counseling program provided me with a unique and reliable support system that I could look forward to week after week. Because of group, I had an opportunity to connect with other students and realize that I was not alone in many of my experiences. I am grateful for group because it not only helped me learn how to deal with weekly stressors but it also contributed to my overall personal growth and wellbeing by providing me with a safe space to work on self-exploration and communication."
"When I started group, I did not foresee myself staying a part of the group. I was asked to participate, so I thought that I would go, sit quietly, and politely quit the group in a couple of weeks. I won't lie. It was scary. We discussed issue that were challenging, and often members in the group would be moved to tears (myself included). The members in the group made me feel safe by expressing genuine care for me, and a mutual trust of one another. I think the overwhelming feeling that I experienced in group was that I had gained a room full of people that rooted for me, were willing to support me when I felt that I could not tackle something alone. I feel honored to have been welcomed into the group, and I feel a connection to each member that runs far deeper than I could have expected. "