There are lots of ways to work on relationships. Some people choose Marriage Counseling, others do Individual Therapy, and others find Group Therapy to be helpful. Clients that have the most success in my practice are those that use some combination of these modalities. For many of my clients, Group Therapy will be part of their treatment at some point. Group Therapy is one of the best ways to work on improving your relationships.
Why Group Therapy?
We grow up in family groups, we have groups of friends, we work in groups, and we form our own family groups as adults. We live and interact with people every day and often there are issues you are grappling with that other group members might be able to help you with. In Group Therapy, you learn that you are not alone with your problems and that others can help. You’ll interact with other group members and the whole group learns to work on problems together.
What Sorts of Problems Can Group Help With?
In general people come to Group Therapy to work on improving their relationships. Additionally, many problems that bring people to therapy may be related to loneliness or isolation and can be effectively addressed in Group Therapy. Some of the specific issues people come to Group Therapy are:
- Communication problems
- Work or career issues
- Problems with anger or resentment
- Social anxiety
- Perfectionism, self-criticism, shame, or guilt
- Money and Finances
- Dating challenges
- Moodiness, depression, or anxiety
- Struggles with food, weight, or exercise
Can I Be In A Group While I Am Doing Marriage Counseling?
It can be helpful for one or both members of a couple to be in Group Therapy during Marriage Counseling. If both members of a couple wish to be in a group, I found it most helpful for each member of a couple to be in separate groups. That way each of you can work on your relationship issues at your own pace, getting help from your group and bringing back what you learn into your marriage.
Do You Have Special Training in Group Therapy?
Yes. I am a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) by the International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists. This means that I have met the criteria of education, training and experience in group psychotherapy. Additionally, I am pursing a certification in Modern Group Leadership at the Center for Group Studies in New York City.
When Do Your Groups Meet?
I run three weekly Therapy Groups: 4-5:30pm Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm Tuesdays, and 6-7:30pm Thursdays. The Tuesday groups are are co-led with Michelle Bohls at her office. The Thursday group is led by me and meets at my office.
What Happens In Group Therapy?
During a Group Therapy session, members work to express their thoughts and feelings as freely and honestly as possible. This exploration is useful because it provides opportunities for you to learn from other people, to understand your patterns, and to perceive how group members react to one another. Members learn to understand their own issues by getting feedback from other group members and by studying how their relationship patterns show up in the room with other group members.
Anyone can benefit from being in a group. Please call me to find out more or to set up an initial consultation where we can determine whether Group Therapy is a good fit for you.