Group Work, as part of one’s ongoing therapy, can be an essential ingredient for real change to occur. For many years, I have said that individual work is the foundation for one’s therapy and group work is the laboratory.
Let’s face it; we live our life in groups – family, friends and co-workers, and it is our relationships with the members of these groups that may cause us anxiety and/or depression.
By sharing your feelings in the group setting and processing those emotions within the safety of group therapy, matters can be confronted with others who support and relate to what you are going through.
In my experience, relating to others facing similar challenges, allows for stigmas, resistance and fears to dissolve. You will learn to improve your interactions with others and grow more confident in your ability to communicate your feelings in the real world. This process frees you to create more satisfying relationships with your mate, family, friends and co-workers.
Currently, I facilitate two ongoing psychodynamic psychotherapy groups in New York City. Each therapy group meets weekly and is comprised of both men and women of diverse ages and backgrounds. As individuals complete their therapeutic process and realize their goal of personal change, openings occur in the ongoing groups.
Since psychotherapy is a fluid process, I constantly assess the dynamics and needs of the group members. When necessary, additional short-term group therapy sessions are formed with a specific focus.
The weekly 1 1/2 hour group therapy session enables you to meet with others seeking the changes to better themselves and their lives. In this confidential environment, trust is built and countless issues, which previously had seemed insurmountable, are worked through.