Sharing intimate things about ourselves and being vulnerable in a group can feel scary, yet it's important and necessary. We need safe groups to challenge ourselves and see ourselves the way others see us. No one lives in a bubble and we shouldn't heal ourselves in a bubble. Individual therapy is an important tool but is best when combined with group therapy.
You may be reluctant to enter a therapy group out of fear that you won't be understood by other members or that you won't get what you need in group. These are normal reactions when considering joining a group. Let's talk about them together and understand how best to support you in joining a therapy group.
What to Expect
There are different kinds of therapy groups. Many of us know about groups from movies, tv shows or maybe even our own previous experiences. Lots of times these groups are support groups - similar to AA, Al Anon or a group around a specific topic like grief. The groups I lead are different.
Unlike groups that help us cope with a specific situation, groups in my practice (called process groups), focus on relationships with others and learning through experience in the group. The goal will be to better understand feelings, put them into words, and understand how to express ourselves and the impact of those expressions on others. Groups such as these are incredibly powerful and allow us to grow at a much faster pace than individual therapy alone.
Process groups can be hard to conceptualize until you experience one. Fortunately there are videos that model this type of group. Click here for a series of videos that show what a group could look like (keep in mind, these are actors, but the general concepts of the group are like those you would experience.)
Before joining a group, the two of us will meet to answer any questions you have about the group, learn more about what you are looking for, and see if group is the right fit.
I am recruiting for an in person therapy group on Wednesdays from 6-7:30 pm. All genders and ages welcome. This group will be helpful for people who:
are struggling with depression or anxiety
have relationship challenges
are experiencing grief/loss
are navigating a big life change
want to better understand themselves
take care of other people's needs and want to learn to focus more on themselves
find interactions with others to be overwhelming or overstimulating
Reach out if you are interested in learning more about group. All potential new members will meet with me before being invited to join the group.