Group Therapy

There are several types of group experiences, all of them valuable and each offering unique opportunities for connection and growth to participants.  Here’s an overview of the groups I have designed and run, both in my office as well as in corporate and community settings.

Educational Groups:

Educational groups focus on providing information about specific topics in order to have direct application to people’s lives.  The goal of attending this type of group is to instill self‐awareness and to learn options for improved coping, growth,

change, and adjustment.  The intention is that attendees will enhance their knowledge about the topic by learning about their particular condition, such as depression, and reducing symptoms.  The format in this type of group is lecture.

 

Psychoeducational Groups:

Psychoeducational groups have the same purpose and goals as educational groups.  However, in this setting, the format is interactive.  Although people are asked not to speak specifically about their personal lives and situations, general discussion and questions are encouraged.

 

Here are some educational and psychoeducational groups I have designed and presented over the years:

 

  • Critical Incident / Trauma / Grief, Loss, and Bereavement groups

  • Weight Loss Readiness

  • Relaxation for Better Health

  • Successful Problem Solving:  Creating Opportunities in the Midst of Challenges Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

  • The Healthy Work Day

  • Emotional Well-Being

  • Balancing Work and Your Personal Life

  • Relaxation Exercises that Work

  • Establishing Healthy Lifestyles

  • Thinking Your Way to Healthy Eating

  • Health and Wellness in the New Year

  • Raising Healthy Kids: Emotional Eating

  • The Relationship with Me, Myself and I

 

Support Groups:

I hold support groups in my office.  Generally, support groups are limited to around six participants.  The small number of attendees and the environment of my office allow for intimate sharing of personal experiences and feelings between group members.  Confidentiality is required in these groups due to the exchange of personal information.  In this safe environment, group members can discuss specific topics that have direct application to their lives.  The goal is to enhance self‐awareness and to identify new options for improved coping, growth, change, and adjustment.  Here are some of the support groups I have led:

 

  • Coping with Anxiety

  • Coping with Depression

  • Anger Management

  • Stress Mangement

  • Weight Loss Readiness

  • Dieting

  • Grief

  • Separation

  • Divorce

  • Illness

  • Working Women

 

Psychotherapy Groups:

As with support groups, I hold psychotherapy groups in my office and numbers of participants are limited to under ten.  And, once again like support groups, confidentiality is required due to the exchange of personal information.  Group members make long term commitments to their participation in psychotherapy groups.  New members are welcomed into the group when established members no longer attend.  In this way, psychotherapy groups are ongoing and topics of discussion are decided upon by the group.

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