Groups provide a powerful way for people to overcome challenges and achieve personal growth while at the same time learning to improve interpersonal relationships. Groups consist of a small number of people who meet together under the guidance of a therapist. The groups may meet for a short time or they might be ongoing. They may be geared toward a specific topic or they might be formed around a broader set of goals. Groups work! Research has shown that groups can help with a variety of issues.
People join groups for various reasons including:
Those who are already in individual counseling will often find their group experiences complement the work they are doing in their individual sessions.
You will learn about yourself and others through the group experience. Group members are encouraged to participate. It’s normal to feel uneasy or embarrassed when you first join a group. However, you will develop a sense of trust and see the transformative power of sharing your thoughts and feelings with others. Likewise, input from other group members can have a positive, life-long impact on you. Group members have a chance to speak openly and honestly with others going through similar struggles in a private, safe, and confidential setting.
You will find we offer various types of groups at New Directions that can benefit you as you learn with and from other group members. If you are interested in joining a group, ask your therapist if a current or upcoming group might be right for you. Please note that some groups require a screening interview.