Group therapy is a modality that offers benefits that are not possible in individual and couples therapy. While there are great benefits to the individual therapist-client relationship, receiving feedback and encouragement from peers and feeling a connection with peers in a safe, respectful environment is a powerful experience that is not possible in individual therapy. Group therapy allows participants an opportunity to examine and change their ways of connecting with others, while also feeling empowered and valued through helping others change. Developing intimacy with strangers can provide a moving lesson about the humanity in all of us, and help us focus on what we can share with others, rather than the ways we are different or incompatible.
Group therapy is a particularly powerful intervention for adolescents who are developmentally focused on interpersonal connections and their peer group. In a therapy group, adolescents have the opportunity to form a safe, respectful, intentional peer group that works together to include and value all members. While most teens do feel different and left out in ways in their school environments, they can work on improving their own interpersonal skills, while also gaining insight into the ways in which peers are struggling in their own right. For LGBTQ-spectrum teens, therapy groups provide a safe space where identity and other issues can be explored without fear of being rejected or questioned related to one’s identity.
Group therapy is also an important way therapeutic services can be more financially accessible, as it is a more cost-effective treatment. While in many cases, group therapy is most powerful in conjuction with individual therapy, it can also represent an opportunity for those who might not otherwise be able to afford therapy.
Structure of Groups:
One of the reasons group can be so powerful is the emotional safety they offer. In order to ensure safety and consistency, weekly attendance at groups is expected. The goal is to keep membership as consistent as possible, although new members are admitted after at least one individual session to ensure the group will be a good fit for them and vice versa.
The following groups will begin when enough clients express interest: