How Does a Counselor Introduce Themselves During a Group Therapy Session?

Question by ?Queen of Hearts?: How does a counselor introduce themselves during a group therapy session?
Group counseling for things such as eating disorders and other problems similar. How do they introduce themselves? Do they start with an intriguing quote and then introduce themselves or what?
I have to write out an introduction like I am a counselor about to address a group of people with two different eating disorders. I am just at a loss for words and hoping to get some tips of the types of things I should include when introducing myself.
It’s for my Psych class. We are beginning to study group counseling.

Best answer:

Answer by Joe_D
Are you studying group counseling?

There’s no formula. The goal is not to impress anyone, but to introduce yourself and to connect with each patient, so they feel they have a relationship with you and that it’s safe to talk in group.

You will have to explain what the group is about and maybe give the clients a way to think about the group and eating disorders. In that case, a quote would be helpful, but not necessary.

PS: A possible opening outline might be the following:

-Welcome everyone and introduce yourself.
-Clarify what your group is about so that everyone is in the right place.
-Explain a bit about eating disorders, the group’s purpose and how the group works. A quote here to explain eating disorders or to express hope in a pithy way is useful, but not necessary. Answer any questions
-Discuss group “housekeeping” issues, such as clarifying start and end times, where the bathrooms are, and basic group rules such as “being on time”, no smoking, avoid perfumes, etc.
-Discuss group confidentiality and get people to agree.
-Ask clients to introduce themselves.

Good luck!

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