GROUP 

Why Group?

We are born and raised in a group – our family – where we began to learn about who we are and what we can expect from others and the world. Group offers a unique opportunity to re-visit unhelpful, often painful lessons from childhood so we can work them through in new ways. The group process naturally stimulates these old, familiar ways of relating to ourselves and others. This gives us the chance to replace them with new, more nourishing relational experiences. Group can be thought of as a forum for interpersonal learning as it creates a secure space within which to risk change and growth.

 

"The quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives."

- Esther Perel

What Happens In Group?

While individual therapy provides a space to explore recurring life patterns & themes, process group offers a place to engage both as they surface in the here-and-now. Through group interactions, members have the opportunity to be seen, understood, and challenged. In this way, group provides a trustworthy relational space for feedback and risk-taking.

 

Because process groups use immediacy as a gateway to understanding, personal growth comes through lived experience rather than abstract discussion. 

 

In a session, group members are invited to share thoughts and feelings that come up about one's self and in response to others. Connections are then able to made between what is unfolding and the emotionally significant history that each person carries into the room.

 

Through this process, members are better able to confidently share personal experience, assert wants and needs, and learn how to be genuinely receptive and available to others. 

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Process Groups are an ideal place to:

 

- understand how past relationships influence present ones

- learn to get emotional needs met by others 
- learn how to tolerate and skillfully navigate conflict 

- develop a circle of people who can be counted on for direct feedback and support

- undo feelings of isolation and loneliness

 

How frequently does the group meet and how long are sessions?

- A group meets weekly and sessions last 90 mins.

 

How many members are there?
- Groups tend to include 6 to 8 members of mixed gender.

 

Are the sessions themed or is there a group curriculum?

- There are not set themes or curriculum. Instead, members are asked to put their thoughts and feelings into words as they become aware of them. People frequently talk about what feels most emotionally present & meaningful both in their lives as well in response to what others are saying. Groups are most powerful when everyone attends to what is happening in the here-and-now and shares how they are being impacted by it.

Is there a set time commitment?

- No, though new members are recommended to attend group for 12 sessions or 3 months before deciding whether or not to continue. This time frame usually allows a new member to become familiar with how group works and what is possible when working together.

Is there any movement or action involved?

- Process Groups are talk-based and members are asked to put impulses into words rather than action. This helps to create a feeling of safety within the room. 

Are Process Groups meeting in-person or via Zoom?

- Both. I currently have some groups meeting in-person and others via Zoom. Those meeting in-person follow state health guidelines which can be further discussed in an initial consultation.

 

How can I find out more?

- Contact me below to arrange an initial consultation.