Group Therapy

Group therapy is counseling used to maintain general mental health while building a support system of peers. We work together, building solutions to create positive change through collective reflection and social support. A few topics commonly addressed through group therapy include:

  • Addiction
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Social Skills
  • Parenting

How to Join

Joining is easy. Just call 1-833-274-4325. Our intake team will place you in the appropriate group. If you are searching for a group that is not currently on our list, please request your desired group session here.

At least one professional therapist leads groups composed of two or more clients.

  • An open-group allows new members to join at any point. These groups are typically larger in size. Strong bonds between members are more difficult to form due to the constant cycle of people.

  • A closed-group restricts those who can join to focus on invited members only. These groups are typically smaller in size and the sessions are more intimate.

Commonly asked Questions

Depending on the group, sessions will occur once or twice a week for no less than 1-2 hours each meeting. This is a safe, judge-free zone where you are encouraged to speak, but remain free to just listen if you choose. In order to encourage communication, the format will allow members to view and engage every person. This may require sitting in a circle, or another related structure. Online group therapies will follow similar guidelines.

How you communicate during a session depends on the style preferred by your group and the therapist guiding you. Sessions may follow a free-form, informal dialogue or follow a structured format outlining specific goals. Information is delivered to members in one of two ways:

  • Educational. The goal for this style is to share information through therapist instruction. Sessions relate to specific issues, and may include discussion of healthy coping methods and/or how to set helpful goals. This form of therapy is ideal for those who wish to focus on learning, rather than emphasize relationships with other members.

  • Process-oriented. The main focus for this style of therapy is group experience. Unlike the psychoeducational format, the therapist acts as a facilitator – not an instructor. Members engage one another in discussions and activities, taking charge of sessions. This form of therapy is ideal for those who wish to improve interpersonal skills and create a mutual sense of belonging.

  • You are not alone. Group therapy gives you the chance to engage with others in similar situations. Having others you can relate to is relieving and can reaffirm feelings you may have, at times, questioned.
  • It’s a safe space. You are free to discuss your concerns with the therapist and members knowing that the sessions are judgment-free and private.
  • Succeed together. The group is able to reflect together, coming up with solutions and offering feedback for problems each member faces. Through mutual support and encouragement, you can experience accomplishments for yourself and others.
  • It takes a community. The journey of healing is difficult, and sometimes hard to maintain. The group can help keep you on the right track, as well as remind you of the great progress you make over time.
  • Diversity. Every person comes from different backgrounds, personalities, and perspectives. Learning is powerful. Seeing how others cope can help you build new ideas for positive change or reaffirm what already works in your own life.

Research and clinical trials support the effectiveness of group therapy for a variety of mental health concerns, including: depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse,  and anger management. It creates a sense of community, friendship, and resolve by providing you with healthy coping mechanisms and problem-solving strategies.

The effectiveness of group therapy also relies on finding the style that suits you best. Doing so will allow you to be present and active in sessions, committed to achieving wellness. Providers at Makin Wellness are ready to help you discover the right therapy option for you. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information and start group therapy today!

Only you can answer this question. But we can tell you this…. It never hurts to try. And our promise to you is a safe, comfortable environment where you are free to be yourself, to cry and to listen, to make friends, and to heal.

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