Regardless of if you want to supplement your individual therapy practice, receive continued support after individual therapy, or explore your options as you start your care journey, group therapy is a highly effective form of therapy that can help you take the next step.
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Group therapy is a type of psychotherapy in which a small number of people meet together with a professionally trained therapist to help themselves, while helping others. Groups typically meet weekly for an hour, and can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few years. Some groups are "closed," where the members are the same every time and commit to a certain number of sessions together, whereas others are "open" and are drop-in groups for when people want connection and support.
There are a variety of styles of group therapy. Some groups focus on interpersonal development, where much of the group is focused on interaction among the members and there is little structure (called Process Groups). Other groups focus on a structured task of gaining new knowledge and learning strategies to manage difficult thoughts, feelings, or emotions (called Skills Groups). Another kind of group (known as Support Groups) connects people around a particular shared issue to share coping strategies, learn from each others’ experiences, and provide a sense of community.
Research indicates that group therapy is a highly effective treatment option, and is as effective (or more, in some cases) as individual therapy*. Group therapy is a widely used treatment that has been around for over 50 years. The vast majority of people can benefit from it, and it can be used to treat everything from stress, depression, and anxiety to grief, trauma and substance use disorders.
*McRoberts, Burlingame, & Hoag, 1998, Burlingame, MacKenzie, & Strauss, 2004
Group therapy sessions are typically less than half the price of individual therapy, making them a more affordable option. We’ll reach out to folks who are interested with more details about group therapy pricing closer to our launch date.
Groups are conducted in 60-minute sessions, and will be scheduled for a set period of time. Our pilot program is a 12-week closed group curriculum which meets once a week, virtually, for 12 consecutive weeks.
Our Care Coordination team is a resource for you should you have any billing questions regarding your care. If you have specific questions around your plan, please reach out to your insurance provider.
Yes! Group therapy can be a great supplement to individual therapy. Often, working simultaneously in both group and individual therapy can stimulate growth and learning in complementary ways. For example, in individual therapy, the focus is more on you, while in group therapy, you may focus more on how you relate to other people or how you can learn from their experiences.
We ask that you attend at least the first four sessions to give the group time to get comfortable with each other and adjust to this style of therapy. If you’re still not happy with your group and would like to try a different one, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you on the waitlist for our next set of groups. If you prefer to stop attending your group completely, let us know and we’re happy to refund the cost of your sessions.
At Two Chairs, we take pride in providing personalized care for each of our clients. You will have the opportunity to share your individual goals with your group therapist, and they will be able to track your progress along with you. Additionally, part of the facilitator’s job is to help manage the group time in such a way that ensures everyone who wants to share and contribute has equal opportunity to do so.
Creating a safe environment is an essential part of what contributes to the success of therapy. All statements made by the members will be treated with the utmost respect and confidentiality by both the facilitator and other group members. Group therapists are ethically and legally mandated to keep all communications confidential within the Two Chairs organization. There are exceptions to that rule, but the facilitator will only break confidentiality if the safety of a group member, or anyone else, is at risk.
There is a similar expectation from group members around confidentiality. At the beginning of your group, members will all agree to maintain confidentiality of the identity of the members, as well as group content. It is the facilitator’s job, in collaboration with the members, to ensure that people are treated with respect. Building comfort and safety in a group takes time!
Once we get closer to launching our new groups, you’ll receive an email from us with the dates and times that the sessions are scheduled for, as well as some facilitator bios. At that point, you’ll have the option to select which group fits your schedule best and will be admitted as long as there are available spots left in the group.