Do you ever feel alone in your problems? Wonder if anyone else truly understands what you are going through? Appreciate your therapist, but believe you could benefit from connecting with others in similar situations? If you answered yes to any of these questions, group therapy may be a great resource for you!
Group therapy provides an environment to explore and share with others who struggle with similar issues. As you listen to other’s experiences, often insights will be elicited that would not be available in an individual or couple therapy setting. Additionally, you can witness people on the continuum of recovery, some just beginning and others much further along. This can assist you in seeing your progress, as well as, help you have hope in future success. Most clients report that being in group therapy helps decrease their shame, increase their sense of connection and boost their feelings of hope.
Group therapy consists of 6-8 members (on average) who struggle with similar issues and meet together regularly with a therapist. Groups meet together on a weekly basis for 1.5-2 hours. Groups are semi-closed, meaning that members make a commitment to the group, so that group membership stays fairly consistent unless a group member graduates, or a new member joins (with prior approval of the group and therapist). All groups are therapist-led. All groups are gender-specific (with the exception of couple intensives).
Each group meeting includes brief check-ins from each group member, a mixture of psychoeducation and processing, and weekly commitments from each group member related to recovery for the following week. Therapy-related assignments aimed to further recovery may be assigned to group members to complete between group meetings. Payment for group counseling is due at the beginning of the month.