Lives Transforming provides group therapy sessions for clients who are looking to heal and grow in an environment of support with others. Groups are lead by our mental health professionals to help support you on your path to healing and to facilitate spiritual growth in fellowship.
Psychologically speaking, group therapy offers normalization of experience, social support, direct and vicarious learning, opportunity to better understand how you function in relationships, and an opportunity to practice giving and receiving feedback. Financially speaking, group therapy is an affordable way to participate in psychotherapy on a self-pay basis.
While groups often include as many as 8 (and even more) participants, Lives Transforming offers small size groups (of no more than 6 individuals per group) to facilitate maximum opportunity for interaction and cross-talk.
Group Session Duration & Frequency:
All group session, unless noted otherwise, are 1 full hour in duration, unless otherwise specified, (that is, 60 minutes, as opposed to “clinical hour” of 45-50 minutes reimbursed by insurance/third party payers). Typically, groups will meet once a week, unless otherwise specified.
Group Therapy Rules of Participation
In order for all group participants to feel safe to talk about their lives and to share their feelings and what is going on for them, it is vital that all group participants commit to maintaining each other’s confidentiality. While it may be quite appropriate for you to talk with others (outside of the group) about your own experience of the group, it is vital that in doing so you do not discuss confidential information that belongs to your fellow group members.
- Respectful Communication and Behavior
In order for the group to be a meaningful experience, it is often necessary to share how you feel about what is going on for you at a given moment in the group. Any feelings are okay but we do have to be careful about how we express these feelings. Let us strive for respectful communication and behavior towards each other to assure a meaningful and safe experience.
It is important that you make this group experience a priority for the next couple of months. Groups tend to develop cohesion, a sense of inter-reliance, over time, and function as a network. It is because of this network quality of the group that your presence is important: the group is not the same without you. With this in mind, it is important that you show up regularly and on time, for the duration of the group.
- Socialization Outside of the Group
If you develop a relationship with a fellow group member outside of the group, you are encouraged to share this fact with the rest of the group. Doing so will help the rest of the group appreciate the possible changes in the dynamics between you and the other group member. Group-wide socialization (with everyone involved at the same time) outside of the group therapy sessions is preferable to group members socializing one on one. Once the group has run its course, group re-unions and any other forms of socialization between group members are certainly welcomed.
This is an unstructured, process- (rather than content-) oriented group. In some sessions, we as a group might spontaneously focus on a given individual, in other sessions the discussion might revolve around the issues and dynamics of several group members. While the group facilitator or fellow group members are likely to inquire about what is going on for you if you have been withdrawn or uncharacteristically silent, it is important that you take the primary responsibility for your participation.
You are, of course, free to withdraw from the group. If, however, you decide to stop participating in the group, it would be important if you could attend one more group session to share this decision with your fellow group members, to give yourself an experience of closing relationships and to also allow the courtesy of closure to your fellow group members.