How is group therapy
different from individual therapy?
Group therapy brings strangers together to discuss challenges and frustrations openly. Led by a trained therapist, the process fosters personal discovery and guidance to improve interpersonal skills. Group therapy, combined with individual therapy, can be a very powerful tool. And group therapy alone can be a more cost-effective method for personal growth.
Group therapy is different than individual therapy because of the group dynamic. A skilled therapist works hard to facilitate the relationships among group members. At the same time, in order to achieve the desired self-discovery and growth, group members must work hard too. This experience builds interpersonal skills and helps participants practice at improving areas of conflict in their lives outside of the group.
Who is a good candidate for group therapy?
High-functioning adults seeking help with handling the interpersonal challenges of family, in-laws, coworkers, friends, and neighbors can find it helpful to have a safe, confidential space in which to discuss people who annoy, frustrate, hurt, or upset them.
How does group therapy work?
What happens in your interpersonal relationships in your day-to-day life gets reenacted in the group therapy setting. Group therapy can be a potent learning opportunity because people in the group will be honest with you in a way that people in regular life won’t be. Everyone is there to learn about themselves and how to improve their interpersonal relationships. After you receive feedback from the group, this gives you a deeper understanding of yourself and provides you with a safe place to practice a better way of relating.
Group Therapy for Adults
Group therapy facilitates self-discovery, insight, and personal growth. With the help of a therapist in this virtual group geared to adults at mid-life, ages 35-65, participants discuss relationship challenges with family, friends, and coworkers. A mixed group of strangers talks openly about conflict resolution, negotiation skills, family dynamics, and healthy, affirming ways to engage with others. Group participants bring situations from their lives outside the group and receive feedback from the group that helps them understand themselves and their relationships with others. Often, the interpersonal dynamics people face in their lives are replicated within group therapy, and this provides a safe space, guided by a therapist, for participants to look at their way of relating to others. This group is open to people who are high-functioning and are seeking an opportunity to grow as individuals and in their relationships. The group therapy structure is modeled after an article written by psychologist John C. Rhead, Ph.D. and Susan Jacobson, LCSW-C, “A How-to Manual for Members of Psychotherapy Groups.”
Logistics: Confidentiality; maximum of 8 participants; expected weekly participation; virtual; and reimbursable by insurance. This ongoing group meets Mondays, from 1:45-3 p.m. If you’re interested in joining a group like this, please contact Dr. Cynthia Post at [email protected].
Therapy Group for Women Over 50
Dr. Cynthia Post leads a therapy group for women over 50 to help them find and use their voice, strength, passion, and power. Participants – a blend of professionals, working moms, empty nesters, and retirees, some married, some single – seek guidance for how to live fully at points of transition, such as facing an empty nest, switching careers, retiring, and becoming single. In a safe place, women share their insecurities, challenges, and fears so they can stretch to be their authentic selves. Through encouragement, feedback, and self-reflection, participants share and embrace their hopes, wisdom, and insights. The group therapy structure is modeled after an article written by psychologist John C. Rhead, Ph.D. and Susan Jacobson, LCSW-C, “A How-to Manual for Members of Psychotherapy Groups.”
Logistics: Confidentiality; maximum of 8 participants; expected weekly participation; and reimbursable by insurance. This ongoing, virtual group meets Mondays, from 4:30-5:45 p.m. If you’re interested in joining a group like this, please contact Dr. Cynthia Post at [email protected].