Group psychotherapy is a special form of therapy in which a small number of people meet together under the guidance of a professionally trained therapist to help themselves and one another. Group psychotherapy, like individual psychotherapy, is intended to assist people who would like to improve their ability to cope with difficulties and problems in their lives. The aim of group psychotherapy is to help with resolving emotional difficulties and to encourage the personal development of the participants in the group. Therefore, group therapy helps people learn more about themselves and improve their interpersonal relationships. Members of the group share with others personal issues which they are facing. In response, other participants give support, feedback, or share their thoughts and feelings. Members in the group feel that they are not alone with their problems and that there are others who feel similar. The group can become a source of support and strength in times of stress for the participant. Ultimately, the feedback participants get from others in the group can improve awareness of maladaptive behavioral patterns. Thus, the group can offer opportunity to practice new behaviors. Group psychotherapy is suitable for a large variety of problems and difficulties, including people who would like to develop their interpersonal skills and people dealing with emotional problems like anxiety, depression and eating disorders. In research studies comparing group psychotherapy to individual therapy, group therapy has been shown to be as effective and sometimes even more effective.

 

Depression Group Therapy “BEAT DEPRESSION”

This group helps members gradually incorporate enjoyable, fulfilling activities back into their everyday lives and to regain a sense of control over depression. The group’s goals are to help you:

 

  • Identify negative or distorted thinking patterns that can contribute to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness.
  • Explore learned thoughts/behaviors that can create problems and contribute to depressed mood.
  • Gain awareness of symptoms as they relate to feelings and behavior.
  • Learn skills to feel more in control of your life and to diminish feeling depressed.
  • Learn skills to improve self-care and self-esteem and avoid isolation.
  • Explore experiences with depression and empower proactive steps toward restoring health.

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Date: 1st session begins Monday August 1, 2016
Fee: $75/session
*Group enrollment will be ongoing.


Addiction and Family

Family Education Program on Addiction 

This group helps families better understand the struggles of addiction experienced by a loved one. The group’s goals are to help you:

 

  • Increase knowledge on the topic of addiction and addiction treatment
  • Increase knowledge on the topic of addiction and family dynamics
  • Learn, practice, and apply coping skills
  • Provide resources for individuals and families struggling with addiction
  • Create a safe and supportive environment

Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm
Date: Starting Friday, October 9th, 2015
Fee: $50/session
Presented by: Sheila Khaleghian, Psy.D.