What is Group Therapy?
Current Group Therapy Offerings:
Mixed Gender Group Therapy — Ongoing
6:30 — 8:00 Tuesday evenings
$40 per group*
7:30 — 9:30 Wednesday evenings
$45 per group*
Groups are ongoing meaning that that members pay for their place in group. As long as someone remains in group they pay for each group whether they are able to attend a particular group or not.
Group therapy can be many different things. In groups I facilitate, members learn particular ways of paying attention and communicating that allow psychological patterns conditioned in childhood to emerge and be addressed. Over time, this practice creates a more resilient inner structure as well as skills for relationship building.
Group therapy provides an environment not available in normal culture. It is a place to express more than what is ordinarily acceptable, to ritualize impossible feelings, to reach out with risky feelings, to practice new ways of being. Group members offer support through witnessing, reflecting and working along side of others.
Five to ten people come together to work on making their lives better. Members give feedback to one another by expressing their own feelings about what someone says or does. Over time a special kind of interactive environment is created which allows the emergence and working through of psychological patterns conditioned in childhood.
Group therapy provides an environment not available in normal culture. It is a place to express more than what is ordinarily acceptable, to ritualize impossible feelings, to reach out with risky feelings, to practice new ways of being. Group members offer support, draw out thoughts and feelings and participate in “enactments” facilitated by the therapist.
While the safety of the group permits members to share feelings that are difficult, no one is pressured to express things they are not ready to.
Group therapy is not for everyone. However, it is a useful and under-utilized form of psychotherapy that, in some cases, offers advantages over individual therapy.
The group generates experience through reactivity, thus allowing each individual to gain access to different, sometimes hidden parts of themselves.
Members can see aspects of themselves in others and thus gain self-acceptance.
Members can participate in enactments. Enactments are portrayals which provide an opportunity to work with different parts of a personality structure. Participants learn about how their own psychology works by becoming actively involved in the process of others.
Group therapy is less expensive, thus allowing people to stay longer in the process.
Over time, members have an opportunity to help others — an important part of moving past narcissism and facing limitations.
When change happens in a group setting, all present often feel hopeful and transformed.