Benefits of GROUP THERAPY
Personal Growth Through Therapy Groups
Therapy groups and personal growth classes are some affordable ways that you can explore your relationships and better understand yourself. Group therapy in Austin varies from $35-$65 a week, an affordable alternative to individual therapy for those in economic transitions. Besides the financial benefits, group offers some other unique advantages. Many find that listening to others helps them to better understand their own thoughts and feelings. Exploring our feelings and listening to others talk about theirs can alleviate shame and loneliness, and give us greater ease in our daily social interactions.
Many people have problems establishing or maintaining close and
gratifying relationships with others. Others may want to just
understand their current relationships better. You may want to grow in
becoming more authentic about your feelings with others and get honest
feedback in return. The therapy group creates an environment where this
type of interpersonal exploration can occur. Most group members
experience others in the group similarly to the ways in which they
experience intimate relationships outside the group, or when they were
growing up. This creates an opportunity for members to learn about
themselves and how their early life experiences have influenced their
adult relationships. To this end, the main focus is for group members
to put their present moment thoughts, feelings, and impulses into words
in the moment.
- Monday Morning Ongoing Process Group
- 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m*
- Tuesday Evening Ongoing Process Group
- 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.*
- Ongoing Process Group Forming - Thursday Evenings
- 5:15-6:45 p.m. -- Beginning May 2010, $45 a week
All my groups and classes are for adults. They focus on relationships,
feelings, and self-understanding. All therapy groups are
mixed gender and sexual orientation. Therapists
and counseling students are welcome.
A commitment to attend every week is expected. Group members pay for the month,
regardless of actual attendance. Commitment is for the first month with an additional agreement made to give the other group members two weeks
notice to process your decision to leave group. A
consultation is required if you are not currently in therapy with me so
that we can decide if group will meet your therapy goals. We suggest two to three meetings with the group co-leaders before beginning group.
* Co-Lead by Michelle Bohls, LMFT & Dave Kapolwitz, LMFT-a, filmmaker & musician
Contact Michelle @ 577-3371 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to explore if group therapy is appropriate for you.
Q. *What is a "Process Group?"
A. All groups utilize the power of the group, as
well as the therapist, or therapists who lead it. And all therapy
groups exist to help individuals grow emotionally. Unlike the simple
two-person relationship between patient and therapist in individual
therapy, group therapy offers multiple relationships to assist the
individual in growth and problem solving. However, Process Groups use
the group context and group processes explicitly as a mechanism of
change by developing, exploring and examining interpersonal
relationships within the group, using the process in the moment for
greater self understanding. Please note that individuals that are
suicidal, homicidal, psychotic, new in recovery or in the midst of a major life crisis
are not typically placed in group therapy until their behavior and
emotional states have stabilized.