What is Group Therapy?
Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves a therapist working with several people at the same time. Groups can target specific issues like depression, obesity, panic disorder, chronic pain, and substance abuse. They can also target more general issues like social skills and anger management. Although joining a group can seem scary and intimidating, most people find the experience rewarding. Group therapy offers a safe and supportive environment that allows people to practice behaviors and actions within the safe haven of the group.
What can Groups do for you?
Group therapy is another alternative for starting your journey to wholeness. Groups allow people to receive the support and encouragement of other members as well as the therapist. Members can feel that their situations are normalized – meaning that other people are going through similar struggles and that they are not alone. Group therapy also allows members to learn from each other. By seeing someone successfully cope with their problems instills hope and allows others to feel that they can overcome their struggles as well. Participating in a group also allows the therapist to see how the members are coping with their unique challenges and allow the therapist to provide valuable feedback to all group members.
What does Group Therapy look like?
Groups range between 7-12 clients ideally. In many cases, the group will meet in a room where the chairs are arranged in a large circle so that each member can see all of the other group members and the therapist. The group typically starts with an introduction and the members sharing the progress they have made since the last meeting. Groups are usually structured and led by one or more therapists, depending on the size of the group.
Groups offered at Randolph Walters & Associates LLC:
social skills group
This group is geared toward children who are having difficulty with peer relationships. Children who are on the autism spectrum, victims of bullying or who suffer from other behavioral or emotional challenges are welcome. The goal is to improve social skills and peer relationships through the use of cooperative activity (LEGO building!).
This group is open to individuals that are experiencing difficulties in the maintenance or assistance of care with individuals with terminal or long-lasting health issues. This group will address issues like compassion fatigue/burnout, irritability, and feelings of being overwhelmed. This group is open to family members and professionals.
Adolescent girls group
This group aims to help girls communicate and deal with challenges in healthy ways, be successful in school, set and keep focused on priorities, problem solve effectively, improve social skills and address concerns with family and peers.
ANGER MANAGEMENT GROUP
Anger management is the process of learning to identify stressors and take necessary steps to stay calm and handle situations in a positive and constructive way. In this group, members will learn how to deal with their anger in appropriate ways and how to use that energy in a more positive manner.
If you would like to join one of our groups, contact us at (610) 639-1729.