Group therapy is one of the most naturalistic and therapeutic opportunities for interpersonal learning and for deepening one's understanding of relationships.  It acts as a unique representation in microcosm of the family, society, and civilization and therefore offers a chance to create change in oneself and in how one interacts with others that is unlike other therapy formats.   It provides a corrective environment that is both an adventure of self-exploration and a possibility for profound understanding of oneself in relation to humanity and humanity's relationship to oneself.   Group therapy can be a stimulating experience in combination with individual therapy, or it can stand on it's own as a unique and affordable alternative to one-on-one psychotherapy. 

I offer two therapy groups in my practice, please contact me with questions regarding membership opportunities or general interest in how groups might be helpful to you in your journey.


Process Group for New Clinicians & Graduate Level Students

As clinicians who are new to the practice of psychotherapy, we may not have had the opportunity to experience therapy for ourselves in our clinical training.  Typically this experiential aspect of the therapeutic dynamic is left up to us to seek out on our own.   Often times we don’t realize that we have unfinished business in our personal lives until it starts to show up in the therapeutic relationship with our clients.  Or perhaps we already understand what we are bringing into the room and would like to address it but are cautious about exposing ourselves; we are the therapists – aren’t we supposed to have it all figured out by now?  Or maybe we just want to gain a deeper understanding of the therapeutic process by experiencing things from the perspective of a client. 

Since we are the instrument and therapy is primarily about the relationship, this group will offer a unique opportunity for clinicians and graduate level students to become more aware of how they function interpersonally and how this may impact their therapeutic relationships in their clinical work and beyond.

GOALS OF GROUP:

  • Offer a safe space to explore relational dynamics in a group setting
  • Learn how the Self of the Therapist influences our clinical work
  • Experience the value of therapy as a client
  • Understand the unique benefits of group therapy
  • Develop an understanding of relational-cultural and experiential approaches to therapy
  • Obtain hours toward licensure in PA for LPC, LCSW, and LMFT

This group may count toward your supervision hours for licensure in PA as it is has a professional development component.  The group aims to increase the clinician’s awareness of the following critical components necessary to becoming an effective therapist: 

  1. Understand the importance of self-care in preventing vicarious traumatization, burn-out, and compassion fatigue
  2. Become aware of relational dynamics and the origin of those dynamics
  3. Illuminate issues related to transference and countertransference

FORMAT:  Biweekly psychotherapy group, with a clinical/professional development component.  Members are asked to commit to this group for the length of one semester with the option to continue.

TIME:  Bi weekly TBD                               

COST: $65.00 (sliding scale may be available)

STARTING DATE:  TBD


Process Group for Femme Folks

(Cisgender, Nonbinary, Transwomen, TransFemme)

  • Would you like to be a part of a supportive, feminist group to explore the nature of relationships?
  • Are you curious about how you interact with others in the here-and-now?
  • Do you want dedicated space to process difficult experiences and feel heard and understood?
  • Do you want to discover what lies beneath relationship ruptures and how to repair them?
  • Are you at a point where you want to practice different ways of being, such as giving and receiving feedback or sharing your story for the first time in a group?

 GOALS OF GROUP:

  1. Learn how who we are and where we’ve been influences how we connect with others
  2. Explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences
  3. Understand how past experiences and expectations show up in the here-and-now
  4. Be open to hear about how others experience you
  5. Share feedback with others about how you experience them
  6. Learn about the impact of trauma, suffering, and oppression on intimacy
  7. Practice concrete grounding techniques as needed
  8. Feel empowered, validated, and understood
  9. Discuss aspects of our identity and how this intersects in the room (race, gender identity, class, ability, religion, sexuality, culture, spirituality, educational status, ethnicity, etc.)
  10. Learn how growth can come from vulnerability, connection, and belonging

FORMAT:  Weekly psychotherapy group.  Group begins the Tuesday after Labor Day and continues until the end of June. Members are asked to commit to this group for the duration but can join at any point throughout the year with the option to continue. This is an ongoing process group and members can choose to stay for as long as it takes to reach their goals. 

TIME:  Tuesdays, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM       

COST: $65.00 (sliding scale may be available)

STARTING DATE:  In Progress until June 26, 2018 at which point we break for the summer and resume on September 4, 2018