Group Therapy Sessions
What is Group Therapy?
If you are looking for lower cost option to work through personal issues, and develop your skills relating to others without being overbearing or mousy, group therapy might be right for you. Group therapy is a collection of 5-8 individuals who are dealing with similar issues as you. Groups provide solidarity, but also a safe environment to learn to speak up, hold your tongue, control your temper, exercise better self-assertion, and get feedback on how well you are able to do it.
In addition, it provides the space to debrief about your week, talk about issues that bother you in your life, receive support from fellow members in a similar space in life, find hope, hear suggestions from people who are a little ahead of you, and give hope and pointers to those that are a little behind you. Together, you are able to experience encouragement and growth as you watch each other progress through your own personalized goals for therapy. Not only do you address your particular issue, you additionally learn how to be a more connected human being.
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Can I trust group therapy?
There is always a bit of apprehension when it comes to group therapy. Naturally so, you are disclosing parts of your life that you usually don't tell others, and you are doing it in a group. Unlike individual therapy in which you know the therapist is bound by their ethics and the law to protect your information, you are telling 5-7 total strangers! Although I always make the importance of confidentially clear to the group, you might be familiar with how gossip can be damaging from personal experience, so group therapy may feel understandably risky.
However, each person who attends group therapy is equally vulnerable. You all are having those thoughts, and it is a mutual concern for all of you. That is why each person initially maintains the confidentiality. Each person has the incentive that their personal information is out there too. Those 5-7strangers respect everyone else's disclosures and keep them locked away because they all have something to lose. Once relationships solidify and the group becomes a more established, there is a fidelity that comes with a sacred shared experience. This ultimately becomes the glue and the pact which keeps the group confidential.
What happens in group, stays in group.
Screening for Group
Group therapy is a carefully crafted set of individuals. An important part of group therapy is the chemistry between members. If you were going to sit down to consult about a problem with your car, it would do no good if you were talking to cavemen about it.
I personally screen all potential participants for group therapy. I screen for personal issues, personality, temperament, commitment level, personal investment, background, and so forth. So before anyone joins the group they are interviewed. The goal is to make sure that you are right for the particular group, and the group is right for you.
If you are interested in joining a group, be prepared for some delay as assembling a group can take time, and entering into a pre-existing group can be complex matter of vetting (to ensure the highest quality of match and treatment). Either way, the first step is an intake interview.
Men's GroupThis is a group solely for men dealing with issues that men face. Men are often in the bind of needing to be strong and tough but asked to be sensitive and genteel. They face jobs that require sturdiness, and homes that require flexibility. The balance of these pulls often leads to conflict and frustration as it feels impossible to satisfy all that’s required. Come to the group that is familiar and comfortable with helping navigate these issues. This group focuses on working to increase self-understanding and improve relationship skills. Members come with specific goals too (e.g. anger, frustration tolerance, communication, expressing/experiencing emotions, etc). Working through these types of issues with others builds stronger and more effective relationship skills.
Dads' GroupThis group provides some psychoeducation regarding ways to engage children but maintains a strong focus on the interpersonal process that encompasses all relationships. Fathers often need feedback and support from other men who understand the struggle they face. In which case, this group encounters many of the same issues that a men’s group would face with special attention directed to issues particular to fathers. Fathers face many challenges when giving and asking for support. Fathers often have difficulty finding the line between reacting to domestic stress and responding with awareness, as well as establishing cohesive boundaries with their partnering caretakers. This group helps men to learn open communication and understand what triggers set them off into anger and withdrawal. It also develops an understanding behind, and response to, passive-aggressive confrontations.
Student Therapist GroupThis is a group for helping hone the clinical edge of students who are in the process of training to be therapists. Here students can explore links between personal and professional life towards the goal of being a more authentic and competent psychotherapist. The group allows space to explore personal issues and use interpersonal feedback towards enhancing the quality of connection in your relationships. It also is a safe place to process real concerns or insecurities that arise in the training context. Ultimately, the outcomes achieved in this group will help you to be a therapist who is more accurate in empathy, able to perceive the process apart from client content, and be present with your clients.
Anger Management GroupThis anger management group is a step beyond the basic skills for controlling your temper, as it focuses on how you interact with others, by learning where your tipping point through experiencing it in a safe environment. Who understands the frustration of someone yelling at you to calm down, constantly feeling you are at your breaking point, having a hair-trigger for explosive outbursts, and needing to practice calming strategies, better than others who struggle with anger management?
Teachers' GroupThe teachers' groups are for those who are currently teaching 1st-12th grade. As teachers, there are not many avenues that are as cost effective as group therapy to work on yourself and vent your frustrations. The advantage of this group is that it is tailored to work with other members who highly familiar with the professional stresses that you face. Who understands helicopter parents, defiant kids, unreasonable supervisors, and high stress for low pay, better than others in your own field?