Group Counseling

Women in support groups can take their social masks off, express anger and sadness if need be, and reveal all parts of themselves. Being able to open up without fear of being judged or hurting someone they love makes them feel accepted and allows them to begin the healing process. - Lawrence V. Tucker, M.D. 

Participating in group therapy can be a truly transformative experience. If you have ever wondered "Does anyone else feel this way?" or "How do other people get through this?," group therapy is where you find the answers. Maybe you feel alone, and wish you had someone to talk to who truly understands what you are going through. Groups are a safe space to connect with other people who are like you, and are struggling with the same challenges you face.

 

The concept of group therapy is simple: meet and talk to a group of people sharing similar experiences. Yet, there is a lot more to group therapy than people sitting around and talking. A defining factor of group therapy is the therapeutic environment and interventions provided by one or more therapists leading the group. Trained counselors lead groups in a way that

1. maintains members safety 

2. fosters discussion that is purposeful and therapeutic for all members of the group

3. guides members through specific activities and interventions that foster catharsis and personal growth

4. closes the group in a way that allows for closure and reflection 

Research shows that group therapy can be helpful in treating just about any source of psychological disorder or source of emotional distress. Because groups are so effective, there are many types of groups out there, including: support groups, process groups, psychoeducational groups, skill development group, grief groups, and more. If you are not sure what type of group you need, or if group therapy is right for you, talk contact us to a therapist today. 

 

Benefits

  • Provides members with assurance that they are not alone and that other individuals share similar problems and struggles

  • Offers the opportunity to both receive support from others and to give support to others. Giving support to others allows for growth and learning.

  • The therapeutic alliance, or bond between members, that occurs in groups is broader than the alliance that occurs in individual therapy

  • Groups allow for members to get many different points of view on their situation, rather than just the perspective of the counselor, experienced in individual sessions  

  • Promotes the development of self-awareness through listening to others with similar issues but differing perspectives of the problem 

  • The ability to share struggles, personal perspectives, and experiences with others and receive acceptance and empathy 

  • Provides a broad safety net and arena to practice skills for individuals who may otherwise be hesitant to discuss their feelings, perceived weaknesses, etc. with people in their own lives

  • Provides exposure to behaviors of other individuals who have gone through similar experiences successfully. This is modeling, a form of learning where individuals learn by copying or imitating the actions of others

  • Ability to gain access to therapy for a lower fee than individual sessions 

 

Disadvantages 

  • Although it is continually emphasized that what is discussed in the group needs to remain in the group, there is no guarantee that some individuals will adhere to this confidentiality

  • Therapist attention is spread across the members of the group. This means that individuals will not receive as much focused treatment, and some individuals may attempt to take up disproportionate amounts of time 

  • Group may be inappropriate for certain types of individuals, such as individuals who are extremely antisocial, extremely shy, impulsive, passive-aggressive, confrontational, manipulative, suicidal, or psychotic

  • Possibility for personality clashes. Almost all groups go through a "storming" phase, but in rare occasions some members may not work well together

  • Groups typically meet at specific times, so there is less opportunity to fit the therapy into the one’s personal schedule

Benefits and Disadvantages of Group Therapy 

Groups at HerTime 

*Note: These are closed groups with varying start/end dates based on interest. Please contact me to learn about current groups, interest, and start/end dates.  

Grief Support Group 

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  • Join this group to meet with other women struggling with the loss of a loved one. Note: Groups will be formed based on age of members and type of loss (ie. parent, spouse, pet, loss from cancer/covid/etc.) 

Cancer Caregiver Support Group 

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  • Join this group to meet with other women who are currently struggling with the chronic stress produced by being a cancer caregiver. 

Cancer Patient Support Group 

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  • Join this group to meet with other women who are currently struggling with cancer diagnosis and treatment. This group offers space to share struggles and advice on managing side effects, involving your caregiver, communicating with medical professionals, advocating for your wishes, and more.

Radical Self Care Group  

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  • Join this group to meet with other women who struggle to put themselves first and practice consistent self care. This is a more structured group where members are lead through developing a comprehensive and sustainable self care plan for themselves, based off the the self care wheel. This group is a helpful component to managing stress, anxiety, depresion, low self-esteem, and grief. 

Girl Talk Process Group 

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  • Join this group to meet with other women to share and discuss whatever challenges you are facing that cause you emotional distress. It is an open space where members are encouraged to give support and feedback to others, and to work with the reactions and responses that other members’ contributions bring up for them. Group members and group therapists may serve as models for effective communication, offer problem-solving strategies, and promote self-acceptance and self-support. Learn more about process groups here.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How many people are in a group?

Groups typically consist of 6-10 people. At ITC, the goal is to have a high level of commonality in groups, so groups tend to be a bit smaller around 4-8 people. Commonality refers to the amount of similarity between group members and what they are facing. Elements considered when screening members and developing groups include gender, age, and presenting concern. 

How long do group sessions last?

Group sessions last from 1-2 hours long, with an average being 1.5 hours. 

How often do groups meet?

Groups typically meet weekly or every other week. 

How much does it cost?

Cost per group session is $45. A credit card on file is required and will charged at the end of each session attended. Discounts may be available if a group therapy package is purchased or if you are in a service profession, such as a teacher or nurse. 

Are groups in person or virtual?

Currently all groups will be held in a virtual, telehealth format only. Groups will be held via a HIPPA secure version of Google Meet. ​Logging into session is easy! You'll receive a calendar invite from your therapist with the link to join the Google meet. Simply click the button and you're in. 

How will I know if group therapy is right for me?

Many people benefit from a combination of individual and group therapy. Others benefit from one or the other. In order to evaluate what is best for you, please contact me. 

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