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New Events: Divorce Support Group

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We recognize the pain and uncertainty you are facing at the time of a separation or divorce. You don’t need to go through this alone.

Our divorce support group offers you the opportunity to find help from the deep hurt of divorce and discover hope for your future.

Divorce support group is free but we require a minimum of 6 persons for the group to run.

8 week support groups are being formed now.

For questions email Cindy Donner cdonnershoreside@gmail.com

phone 414-698-6737
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About Group Therapy | Psych Central

About Group Therapy

By MICHAEL HERKOV, PH.D

Group therapy provides psychotherapy treatment in a format where there is typically one therapist and six to twelve participants with related problems. Sometimes a therapist may recommend group therapy over individual psychotherapy for a variety of reasons. It may be that the group format is better suited for the person or the concern they are dealing with, or that the specific type of treatment has a group therapy component (such as dialectical behavior therapy).

People in group therapy improve not only from the interventions of the therapist, but also from observing others in the group and receiving feedback from group members. The group format, while not providing the one-on-one attention of individual formats, has several advantages.

Similar to family therapy, group therapy is a style that can incorporate any of the psychotherapy schools. The advantages of group therapy include:

Increased feedback

Group therapy can provide the patient with feedback from other people. Getting different perspectives is often helpful in promoting growth and change.

Modeling

By seeing how others handle similar problems, the patient can rapidly add new coping methods to his or her behaviors. This is beneficial in that it can give the patient a variety of perspectives on what seem to work and when.

Example

Mary listens to Joan talk about how telling her husband that he hurt her feelings was more productive than simply getting angry at him and not speaking. As she listens, Mary thinks of how she might try this same strategy with her husband. She can then try out this new behavior by practicing with the men in the group.

Less expensive

By treating several patients simultaneously, the therapist can reduce the usual fee. In most cases the cost of group therapy is about one-third that of individual therapy.

Improve social skills

Since so much of our daily interaction is with other people, many people learn to improve their social skills in group therapy (even though such an issue may not be the focus of the group). The group leader, a therapist, often helps people to learn to communicate more clearly and effectively with one another in the group context. This is inevitably leads to people learning new social skills which they can generalize and use in all of their relationships with others.

Unlike individual therapy sessions, group therapy offers participants the opportunity to interact with others with similar issues in a safe, supportive environment. Participants can try out new behaviors, role play, and engage with others in not only receiving valuable feedback and insight from other group members, but also in giving it.

Many people who have never tried group therapy before are frightened by the idea. Sharing intimate information and details about one’s life (and problems) can be challenging enough to do with a single therapist. To do so with six other strangers might seem overwhelming. For this reason, for most people group therapy is usually not the first treatment option offered.

Most people who try group therapy do become comfortable and familiar with the process over a short period of time (within a few weeks). There are clinicians and researchers who also claim that the group psychotherapy process produces stronger and longer-lasting results for many people, as compared to individual psychotherapy.

As the group members begin to feel more comfortable, you will be able to speak freely. The psychological safety of the group will allow the expression of those feelings which are often difficult to express outside of group. You will begin to ask for the support you need. You will be encouraged tell people what you expect of them.

In a group, you probably will be most helped and satisfied if you talk about your feelings. It is important to keep in mind that you are the one who determines how much you disclose in a group. You will not be forced to tell you deepest and innermost thoughts.

Groups with greater than 12 participants should usually be avoided, as it becomes increasingly difficult for people to attain sufficient time to make the group process work as effectively as it does with smaller groups.

via About Group Therapy | Psych Central.

Texting can be an effective form of psychotherapy

Texting can be an effective form of psychotherapy

By SHERYL KAY • Published: December 18th, 2009

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It allows us to Tweet, be in touch with our children in real time, or send immediate notes to the boss who’s out of town. Now instant messaging via the Internet is being used in psychotherapy, and it seems to be working.

Following a trend in exploring and applying technology-based treatments for a host of mental health issues, researchers conducted a study to determine the feasibility of using texting, or sending instantaneous messages, between therapist and patient.

Published in the special Global Mental Health edition of the journal Lancet, the eight-month study followed three-hundred patients diagnosed with depression.

Depression affects nearly 15 million adults in American, but even children can become clinically depressed.

In the study, individuals were randomly assigned to receive online therapy, or to be put on a waiting list for online therapy while they received usual therapy from their general practitioner. The online group received ten weekly fifty-five minute sessions, where patient and therapist communicated by sending instant messages back and forth.

After only four months, researchers noted that more than a third… thirty-eight percent… of the patients receiving the online therapy had significantly recovered from their depression. In contrast, only twenty-four percent of those in the control group improved. After eight months, the researchers found that forty-two percent of the intervention group had improved, compared with only twenty-six percent of the non-texting group.

The researchers concluded that while the method might seem unconventional and in-person communication is still always the best, ultimately therapy is successful when it’s easily available. For some, texting is just within arm’s reach… and recovery from what ails you may be just as close.

via Texting can be an effective form of psychotherapy » Health Science Center UF&Shands Podcasts – University of Florida.