Frequently Asked Questions
ABOUT GROUP THERAPY
What's the difference between a support group and a therapy group?
These terms are sometimes used interchangeably, and although their characteristics can often overlap, support groups and therapy groups have some important distinctions. In summary:
-The goal is for group members to offer support to each other through week-to-week challenges, and sometimes to learn new coping skills
-Facilitators may or may not be licensed mental health professionals
-Sessions don't necessarily build on top of the previous session topics, so attendance is often a 'drop-in' style
-Group members typically share the same specific challenges and goals (ex. Alcoholics Anonymous)
-The goal is for group members to create and practice meaningful changes in how they relate to themselves and others
-Facilitators are licensed mental health professionals
-Sessions build on top of previous sessions, and relationships between group members are intended to become deeper over time, so consistent attendance (usually for at least a couple months) is essential for progress
-Group members may or may not share specific challenges (ex. an 'Anxiety and Depression Group' in which people struggling with social anxiety, PTSD, and depression can be in the same group).
What does a typical group session look like?
For group sessions, we'll meet for 90 minutes each week. Groups consist of no more than 6 members. Sessions will include a grounding/self-compassion-related exercise, and a general check-in so you and all other group members get a chance to share what stood out from your week. You'll all get the opportunity to identify any specific concerns/questions/topics that you'd like to discuss with the group. Setting goals for outside of the group sessions is encouraged (such as practicing a daily mindfulness skill, or attempting to use a specific boundary-setting skill), and we can use group sessions to discuss your successes and challenges. I may include a specific self-reflective question to help jumpstart and guide meaningful discussions, especially for 8-week group series. I lead sessions in a way that avoids simple advice-giving, and instead helps members support and interact with each other in deeper ways.
How do I get started?
You can either complete a contact form from the information page of the group you're interested in, or click below to schedule a free phone consultation. This will give us a chance to meet, briefly talk about your goals, and allow me to answer any of your questions. If we determine that one of my groups would be a good fit for you, we'll schedule a in initial 1:1 appointment, and then get you signed up for your first group session. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!