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Psicologia Clínica

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VICENTE, Carla Cristine  e  SILVA, Barbara Cecilia Lima da. The young college student’s conscience: The group expanding possibilities of being. Psicol. clin. [online]. 2021, vol.33, n.2, pp. 257-275. ISSN 0103-5665.

This study aimed to follow a brief psychotherapy group, with young undergraduate adults, using the existential-phenomenological approach. It also aimed to observe how the improvement of self-awareness and gains of accountability arise, which allowed overcoming crises and the elaboration of anguish. A qualitative survey was carried out through the phenomenological method, in which seven university students took part in 13 group psychotherapeutic sessions. The group process proved to be a space in which participants could share life experiences, understand each other, accept themselves, and care for each other. In clinical practice, it was necessary to understand group members' meanings and feelings about their perception of the world, entering into the therapeutic relationship in an empathic way, allowing the process to be an opportunity for them to recognize themselves and to talk about how they felt. During the sessions, in an atmosphere of empathy and cohesion between the participants, it was possible to observe the unfolding of each young person's project of being and the innumerable self-discoveries that altered the participants' awareness levels, in a non sequential and irregular way.

Palavras-chave : brief psychotherapy; existentialism; consciousness; youngster; groups.

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