Group Therapy

Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves one or more therapists working with several people at the same time.

As a group-based treatment program, the most fundamental group processes are aimed at facilitating grief and loss, trauma resolution, skill-building, and self-care. Grief and Loss Groups start with education on the grief process, awareness of the various kinds of loss (including the impact of trauma as loss) and application of competent grieving processes (identification, emotional externalization, cognitive restructuring, forgiveness, etc.) that lead the resident through the grief cycle to acceptance and relief from emotional pain. The chief resource is the Grief Recovery Handbook. While groups may have different components or themes, most of them are related to trauma and grief recovery, trigger management and relapse prevention. Psycho-Educational Groups focus on developmental psychology and self-concept/identity formation, etiology of emotions, especially anger (guilt/resentment), sadness and fear, and concepts of addiction, trust, etc. All groups have to potential for experiential intervention which are designed to raise awareness, externalize negative emotions and improve mood states.