What is Group Therapy?
Group therapy is a powerful form of psychotherapy treatment. There are a variety of different approaches to group therapy including process, didactic, and a blend of the two.
In a process group, members will be able to explore anything in their lives that they would like to look at, just like in individual therapy. Members often talk about topics related to work stress,
politics, health concerns (Covid included), mood concerns, anxiety, relationships, sex, sexuality, family of origin concerns, and a wide variety of other areas.
A didactic group will often have a psychoeducational agenda and may often be using a specific treatment protocol like Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. The blending of the two typically involves part of the time exploring didactic skill building, while then processing how these skills have been impactful as well as whatever other concerns may come up.
What does Group Therapy Look Like?
Typically, a group will meet on a weekly or biweekly for 75-90 minutes at the same time. Some groups are held virtually while others are in person. The size of a group can vary, but
typically we will not have more than eight people in a group. Group is conducted in a circle so that everyone can see each other, and it helps improve vulnerability. The group is led by 1-2 clinicians who help moderate and provide clinical feedback. The amount of time a member speaks will vary from week to week, but most often the “air-time” is equally divided over time.
What can I get out of Group Therapy?
The benefits of participating in group therapy can be profound. An important aspect of being human is finding community, and that is what this is designed to do. In group, members find that they are able to get peer feedback that they may not receive form their friend group. Members can practice skills on being a healthy self-advocate, engaging in health confrontation, and vulnerability. Members are often encouraged to “think and feel out loud,” in order to help explore how they process their experiences.
Who is a Good Candidate for Group?
The idea of doing group therapy can be daunting; involving entering a room full of strangers to talk about your most intimate feelings. The best way to describe the benefits of being in a group are that for each reason you are afraid to join, is every benefit you may receive from being in a group. If you are afraid to open up to strangers or talking about your feelings, group can help you learn to become comfortable with this.
What Groups are Available?
Queer Men’s Group: Wednesdays weekly 6-7:30 p.m.
Queer Fem Group: Wednesdays bi-weekly 6:30-8p.m.
Black Persons Who Have Been Impacted by Racial Tensions Support Group: Thursdays virtually 6-8p.m.