Although people come to group therapy with a variety of different symptoms (like depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems), they have in common a desire to be closer to important people in their lives. In my role as your psychologist, I may recommend group therapy in addition to individual or couples counseling. Group therapy is an ideal place to learn and practice new behaviors “live,” since the presence of the other group members will trigger the feelings and reactions that challenge you in your close relationships. Everyone in group shares the individual challenge of managing distressing emotions without disrupting their relationships.
Group therapy is not a substitute for individual therapy. In fact, it can be a way of helping to enhance your individual work with another therapist or with me. Since therapy groups trigger strong feelings and impulses, it is important that you be at a place in your individual treatment where you can tolerate that discomfort. A pre-group interview is required so that we can determine whether group would be helpful to you.
Call to ask about current group openings and a pre-group interview.