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WHY WOULD SOMEONE CONSIDER GROUP THERAPY?


We live our lives in groups—whether in our family, a relationship with our partner or spouse, or with our colleagues at work. When we experience emotional issues, those relationships become disconnected and create intense emotional pain. Group therapy is an environment where you can develop your capacity to interact, connect, learn from, and give to others.


WHO COMES INTO GROUP THERAPY?

In individual, couples, and family therapy we help people get out of crisis, identify how they are emotionally stuck, and reignite their development. In group, people with diverse backgrounds and a variety of emotional issues come together to take their emotional development to the next level.

 
WHAT DOES GROUP THERAPY OFFER?

The group experience offers people a way to learn how to develop their capacity to interact, connect, listen to, learn from, and give to others.  Group offers the ongoing support of a social network, where you learn to be a leader in creating the environments you need to grow and develop in your everyday life.


HOW DOES GROUP THERAPY WORK?

As the group grows, the individual grows. You come away with a deeper awareness of self and others. In group, you try out new emotional responses, experience multiple perspectives, create new ways of communicating, and deal productively with intense emotions. You develop emotional strengths and improve skills needed to build healthy relationships.


HOW IS GROUP THERAPY HELPFUL?

Group therapy is a powerful and effective approach to helping people grow. Many people’s group experiences have had a profound impact on their emotional pain, making it possible to live richer and more fulfilling lives.


SOME TOPICS ADDRESSED BY GROUP THERAPY:

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SOME TOPICS ADDRESSED BY GROUP THERAPY:


 Shyness
 Depression
 Intimate Relationships
 Anger
 Anxiety and Panic
 GLBT Issues
 Family Relationships
 Trauma, Grief, and Loss
 Job Difficulties
 Recovery

 
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SHYNESS


“I’m shy and have always avoided talking with people.”

In the group, we create a supportive context to be more open with others, to become comfortable with the discomfort of relating to others, and to become aware of the impact you may have on others. Group therapy can help you relate to others more effectively.

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DEPRESSION


“I just feel sad all the time. I feel lonely and alone. I don’t enjoy anything anymore.”

People have found group therapy to be enormously helpful in renewing connection to life and rediscovering a sense of purposefulness. The alienation we experience in our many relationships is challenged by the intimacy of the group setting, providing you an opportunity to create new meaning in your life.

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INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS


“My relationships always fall apart.  I always get hurt or hurt someone. I can’t go through another painful break up.”

Intimacy in relationships is often hard to create. Group is an environment where intimacy is the activity, where you learn to support others and are supported by them. In the process of building the group, you develop important skills that enable you to have closeness with others.

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ANGER


“If I could just stop being mad all the time.

People often engage in anger as a way to deal with shame, hurt, and the ramifications of painful life experiences. Group helps you learn something about your impact on others and how to share what you are feeling in a way that brings people closer to you rather than pushes them away.

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ANXIETY AND PANIC


“I’m always feeling edgy. Sometimes I feel so anxious I can’t breathe.

Many people find group therapy helpful to break out of the intense isolation that accompanies and generates feelings of anxiety and panic. In group, you learn how to ask for help, to communicate honestly, directly, and openly in all your relationships, and develop a greater sense of connectedness with others.

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GLBT ISSUES


“I’m often afraid I’ll be judged for my lifestyle.”

Exploring the experience of being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender in a diverse, heterogeneous group will help you to grow.  Here you can find support to be more direct and honest, to be less concerned with how you are viewed by others, and to create an environment for producing more meaningful and powerful relationships in your family, community, and workplace.

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FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS


“My family relationships are the hardest.”

Sometimes we find ourselves stuck in roles, habits, and attitudes in our families. This dynamic becomes a trap when trying to change and improve our family relationships. In group, you learn new communication skills, making it possible to interact with your family in new and different ways.

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TRAUMA, GRIEF, AND LOSS


“I can’t bring myself to talk about what happened.  I’m afraid to let myself feel anything.”

We are taught to contain painful feelings when we experience trauma or loss. In group, you learn how to share your painful feelings and experiences in ways that build intimacy, create connection, and nurture you and others.

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JOB DIFFICULTIES


“I’d like to enjoy going to work more.”

People often find themselves stuck in a rut at work, finding it difficult to use their creativity or passion professionally. Group teaches you how to create environments where you can ask questions, clarify what’s expected of you, recognize the positive aspects of others’ work, and have better working relationships.

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RECOVERY


“I often feel judged by others for things I’ve done.”

Once you have made the life decision to eliminate destructive behavior, such as drug or alcohol abuse, group therapy supports you to learn more about your relationship to others and with yourself.  You will develop your capacity for more intimate involvement with others and personal, emotional, and spiritual growth.

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Grow. There’s Nothing Stopping You. Feel better.

Shelley Karliner and Tricia Bassing, Licensed Psychotherapists
4115 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 203, Washington, DC 20016—202-244-0442
info@growandfeelbetter.com


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