Group counseling is a form of therapy where a small group of people meets under the guidance of a therapist on a regular basis (i.e. once weekly) to discuss challenges, interact, and explore ways to cope better.
Members of the group will interact with each other and the therapist, provide feedback and support to each other. Many people attend group therapy in addition to individual counseling, others may choose to only participate in group therapy. Discuss with your treatment team at MHCA the best approach for you and when group counseling may be indicated.
As appropriate, your treatment team may recommend that you attend group counseling at MHCA or refer you to group therapy in our community of mental health services. Discussing your concerns with a group of strangers may seem intimidating, however, group therapy has some unique benefits, and many people find it highly rewarding and helpful. Members of the group can provide you with great support and hold you accountable along the way.
You may also find it beneficial to learn from others who may be facing similar challenges and learn what has helped them improve their coping. Group setting may also help you find someone you relate to and put your own challenges into a new perspective.
Dialectic Behavioral Group Therapy (DBT) is an effective, empirically supported, cognitive-therapy based intervention system. It teaches skills that will help coping with sudden, intense surges of emotions, addictive behaviors, and/or relationship struggles.
These skills will be taught to help patients reduce self-destructive behaviors and learn more adaptive strategies to manage painful emotions.
The four modules of DBT include the following skills:
- Core Mindfulness (which will be cycled over the other modules)
- Distress Tolerance
- Emotion Regulation
- Interpersonal Effectiveness
Acceptance & Commitment Group Therapy (ACT) is designed for adults who are looking to improve their quality of life, and reduce the impact anxiety, depression, OCD, eating disorders, substance use, workplace/home stress, and chronic pain have on daily life.
Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) aims to change the relationship with emotions and psychological experiences from suppression and avoidance to one of acceptance and mindfulness. It works by identifying and following individual values, and a commitment to action. The goals of this group are to reduce anxiety and depressive symptoms, improve overall mood and responses to stressors, learn adaptive methods to experience and express emotions in healthy ways, and learn healthy coping skills to manage life stressors. These goals will be reached through group discussion, education, activities, worksheets, short videos/discussions, and therapeutic processing.