Group Therapy

Group Therapy

Group therapy topics include:

– Recovery: Achieving a Balanced Lifestyle

– Adult Children of Addicts and Alcoholics

– Families and Friends of Addicted Individuals

-Parenting Support: Beyond the Basics

-Managing Anxiety and Stress through Mindfulness Techniques

How does Group Therapy work?

Group therapy is designed in a specific way to maximize outcomes.  Approximately four to eight peers will meet weekly to process a specific topic or concern.  The group is led by a licensed therapist who guides the discussion, offering helpful feedback and thought provoking questions.  Participants are encouraged to ask questions and respond to one another.

All group members sign a confidentiality agreement.  Anything shared within the group setting cannot be shared outside of the group.

Additionally, groups are closed once started.  This means once a new group cycle has begun, no new members can join.  This increases the cohesion and trust and limits disruptions.

group therapy

group therapy

How is Group Therapy different than community support meetings?

Community support meetings, such as AA and Narnon, are valuable.  Peer support and shared experiences are a crucial part of a balanced life.

Therapeutic support within a group setting adds clinical value.  By working with a licensed therapist, clients receive educated and trained support.  The therapist leads the group, alleviating pressure from group members to keep the conversation moving.  The therapist may also teach skills to combat specific concern.  As opposed to a peer support meeting, the therapist is bringing more than just their personal experience.

Group therapy v Individual therapy

Many clients have found both group and individual therapy helpful.  Some clients do both, some just choose one.  Clients report these benefits of attending group:

  • peer feedback
  • peer diversity
  • decrease of stigma via peer presence
  • developing support community
  • multiple viewpoints and solutions

If group therapy is something you would like to explore, schedule a free phone consultation today.

More information from the APA.