Group Therapy

Our groups are created and implemented in a closed session format that lasts on average 6-12 weeks. This helps to build group cohesion, establish group norms and create safety.

To increase access to care, ITTC offers group therapy through telehealth. 

At ITTC we offer four types of group therapy.

  • Body Connection + Movement: This form of group therapy combines gentle movement, education, and body awareness to increase connection between the mind and body for a holistic approach to mental health.
  • Psychoeducation: This form of group therapy is focused on providing education through information sharing and the development of healthy coping mechanisms. Group facilitators lead discussions and guide clients through the topic.
  • Process: This form of group therapy offers the unique opportunity for clients to share and receive multiple perspectives, support, encouragement, and feedback from each other in a safe and confident environment.
  • Skill Building: This form of group therapy teaches an array of pro-social behaviors, designed to help you acquire the skills needed to focus on specific goals and outcomes. Opportunities to learn and practice these skills is built into the weekly framework of the group.

Group schedules and offerings are updated quarterly.

Body Connection + Movement 

Trauma Sensitive Yoga & Reiki Healing

Leader: Erin + Lexi
Location: Virtual
Time: Thursdays at 10:00 am (new time!)
Session length: 6 weeks

  • Winter Session: 1/11/2024 – 2/22/2024 (no class Feb 1st)
  • Spring Session: 3/14/2024 – 4/11/2024

Maximum number of participants: 12

Demographic: Adults. This class will be suitable to beginners and those new to yoga and/or Reiki. Modifications will be offered, however if you have any serious injuries or medical conditions, please consult with your medical provider first.

Description: A gentle yoga class guided with Reiki energy creates a unique healing experience. The class will focus on poses for relieving symptoms of PTSD, calming the nervous system, and relaxation. Included are aspects of breathing, restorative yoga, yin yoga, gentle flows, guided meditation and personalized Reiki healing in a group setting. Participants are encouraged to go at their own pace, spend some time quieting the mind, and take some time for yourself! Each class will begin with a breathing exercise, a gentle flow or yoga poses, and end with a guided meditation with the invitation to receive Reiki healing. The group energy will amplify the experience and you will leave with a greater sense of ease and clarity.

To join contact your ITTC provider or complete the request form 

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Leader: Erin
Location: Virtual
Time: Friday’s at  1:00 PM
Session length: 6 weeks
Session Dates:

  • Fall Session: 10/20/2023 – 11/24/2023

Demographic: Adults and teens welcome. This class will be suitable to beginners and those new to yoga. Modifications will be offered, however if you have any serious injuries, please consult with your medical provider first.
Maximum number of participants: 12

Description: A gentle yoga class focused on poses for relieving symptoms of PTSD, calming the nervous system, and relaxation. Class will include aspects of breathing, restorative yoga, yin yoga, gentle flows, and guided meditation. Participants are encouraged to go at their own pace, spend some time quieting the mind, and take some time for yourself! Each class will begin with a breathing exercise, a gentle flow or yoga poses, and end with a guided meditation.

To join contact your ITTC provider or complete the request form 

Meditation

Leader: Erin
Location: Virtual
Time: Thursday at 10:00am
Session length: 6 weeks
Session Dates:

  • Fall Session: 10/26/2023 – 11/30/2023

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 12

Description: Meditation can be a powerful tool for finding peace and connection in the mind and body. However it is very common for those who have experienced trauma to have difficulty with the process. This class with offer a safe space to slowly introduce the concepts and practice of meditation. Using principles of Yoga Nidra, I-Rest for PTSD, and trauma sensitive mindfulness, this class will introduce aspects of meditation and mindfulness, finding ways to stay grounded and regulated, and practice guided meditation. Beginners welcomed and encouraged!

To join contact your ITTC provider or complete the request form 

Polyvagal-Informed Exercises for Safety and Connection

Leader: Ashley Bowen
Location: Virtual
Time: Tuesdays at 4:00pm
Session length: 10 weeks

  • Winter Session: 2/6/2024 – 4/16/2024 * No group March 12th

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 12

Suggested Reading: Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory by Deb Dana, LCSW.

Description: This Polyvagal informed group is based on the knowledge that the autonomic nervous system (responsible for triggering fight or flight, and faint or freeze) is shaped by early experience and reshaped with ongoing experience.

Using psychoeducation and a variety of experiential exercises, both in and between group sessions, clients will tune into their nervous system, begin to reshape their responses, and increase their ability to regulate difficult emotions leading to an increase in feelings of safety and connection. Following the principles of polyvagal theory, clients will be guided to safely connect to their autonomic responses and navigate daily experiences in new ways.

Each session will include psychoeducation, a related experiential exercise and brief discussion about client experience of the exercise. Optional exercises appropriate for use by clients between sessions will be given to enhance the therapeutic change process.

To join contact your ITTC provider or complete the request form 

Psychoeducation Groups

Healing from Shame

Leader: LeAnna
Location: Virtual
Time: Wednesday at 4:00pm
Session length: 8 weeks

  • Winter Session: 2/7/2024 – 3/27/2024

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 12

Description: This is a psycho educational group where you will explore shame. This group will focus how we internalize what has happened to us or what we have done and turned it into how we identify ourselves (shame). Using the books Shame No More written by Dr. Richard Shaw, Mending the Soul by Steven R. Tracy and Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown as throughout the eight week sessions. The group will focus on learning the difference between shame and guilt and how shame shows up in our lives and how it affects how we see ourselves and everything around us. “Healing, forgiveness, freedom, empowerment, and hope wait on the other side of our shame.” Dr. Richard Shaw

To join contact your ITTC provider or complete the request form 

Polyvagal-Informed Exercises for Safety and Connection

Leader: Ashley Bowen
Location: Virtual
Time: Tuesdays at 4:00pm
Session length: 10 weeks

  • Winter Session: 2/6/2024 – 4/16/2024 * No group March 12th

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 12

Suggested Reading: Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory by Deb Dana, LCSW.

Description: This Polyvagal informed group is based on the knowledge that the autonomic nervous system (responsible for triggering fight or flight, and faint or freeze) is shaped by early experience and reshaped with ongoing experience.

Using psychoeducation and a variety of experiential exercises, both in and between group sessions, clients will tune into their nervous system, begin to reshape their responses, and increase their ability to regulate difficult emotions leading to an increase in feelings of safety and connection. Following the principles of polyvagal theory, clients will be guided to safely connect to their autonomic responses and navigate daily experiences in new ways.

Each session will include psychoeducation, a related experiential exercise and brief discussion about client experience of the exercise. Optional exercises appropriate for use by clients between sessions will be given to enhance the therapeutic change process.

To join contact your ITTC provider or complete the request form 

Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma Part 1

Leader: Sam
Location: Virtual
Time: Thursdays at 1:00pm
Session length: 10 weeks
Session Dates: 1/11/2024-3/14/2024
Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 14
 
Description: Written for survivors of all forms of trauma, Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma by Dr. Janina Fisher helps readers to better understand the impacts of trauma and how they have adapted to survive through it. Group members with read through the workbook together in session and process each chapter collaboratively, enabling them to reflect and build skills together and to recognize their experiences in others. This connection with community will be integral in building sustainable coping skills and moving toward resolution and healing.
 
Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma Part 1 will focus on helping clients better understand how traumatic experiences affect their brains, bodies, and their experiences of the world and ourselves, as well as how their present-day struggle may give them clues into how they coped with and survived through their traumas in the first place.

To join contact your ITTC provider or complete the request form 

Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma Part 2

Leader: Sam
Location: Virtual
Time: Thursdays at 1:00pm
Session length: 10 weeks
Session Dates: 3/28/2024 – 6/30/2024
Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 14
Requirements: Completion of Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma Part 1
Description: Written for survivors of all forms of trauma, Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma by Dr. Janina Fisher helps readers to better understand the impacts of trauma and how they have adapted to survive through it. Group members with read through the workbook together in session and process each chapter collaboratively, enabling them to reflect and build skills together and to recognize their experiences in others. This connection with community will be integral in building sustainable coping skills and moving toward resolution and healing.
Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma Part 2 will focus client’s attention on the impact of trauma on their relationships and their internalized sense of self, before finally putting it all together and concluding with a reflection on how to move forward beyond coping with trauma and into healing
 
To join contact your ITTC provider or complete the request form 
 

 

Unlearning Binaries Group

Leader: Erika
Location: Virtual
Time: Wednesdays at 3:00pm
Session length: 8 weeks
Session Dates:

  • Winter Session: 2/7/2024 – 3/27/2024

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 12

Requirements: Purchase or access to Life Isn’t Binary by Meg-John Baker and Alex Iantaffi. *If unable to acquire, we will provide you with a link to check out the book online.

Description: Processing trauma and recognizing patterns requires unlearning messaging we were taught both implicitly and explicitly. Distinguishing the space between what we were taught and what we know for ourselves reveals the authentic self. This group is a chance to sit in the unfamiliar outside of black and white thinking, to find your values, morals, and build your sense of self.

As a book club group, we will be reading Life Isn’t Binary by Meg-John Baker and Alex Iantaffi. By discussing six social constructs; sexuality, gender, relationships, bodies, emotions, and thinking, we will be able to better understand the coping skills and patterns that were learned across the lifetime. Trauma recovery requires adapting new ways of thinking and letting go of concepts that were assigned to us. By deconstructing the binaries, we were taught, you are open to new patterns, behaviors, and coping skills. This group is a space to question the messaging of the cultures we were raised in, and find your autonomy in your beliefs and sense of self.

To join contact your ITTC provider or complete the request form 

Trauma 101: Learning Trauma Basics

Leader: Sarah
Location: Virtual
Time: Tuesdays at 3pm
Session length: 5 weeks
Session Dates:

  • Winter Session: 12/05/2023 – 01/02/2024

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 10

Description: Trauma 101 is a five-week psychoeducational group designed to offer information around what trauma is, how it can manifest, and how this connects to the phases of trauma treatment. We will explore topics including complex trauma, the ways trauma can manifest generationally or systemically, what can make us more or less likely to experience post-traumatic effects, protective factors against trauma, as well as ways to continue to maintain and build internal and external resources when working with trauma.

This group is by no means an end-all-be-all to trauma knowledge but hopefully begins an integration of understanding and awareness in the navigating of your trauma story, and is designed for all levels of folks in their trauma process with the goal of harnessing knowledge as a tool to empower your individual work in and out of therapy.

To join contact your ITTC provider or complete the request form 

Gaslighting

Leader: LeAnna
Location: Virtual
Time: Thursdays 4:00pm
Session length: 11 weeks
Session Dates:

  • Winter Session: 2/8/2024 – 5/214/2024 –  no session on 02/29/2024

Demographic: Female Identifying Adults
Maximum number of participants: 14

Description: The term Gaslighting is defined as psychological manipulation where a person seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual utilizing such methods as denial, contradictions, lying and misdirection. Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse that causes people to question their reality, judgment, self-perception, and in extreme circumstances their sanity. Gaslighters distort truth to manipulate, confuse, and control their target. This group will explore the ways gaslighting can show up in three different kinds of relationships: professional, romantic and friends/family.

Throughout the11 weeks course the group focus will be on: Gaslighting Influences, Stages of Recovery, and Healing from trauma of being gaslight. Together, we will learn the forms of Gaslighting, discussing the dynamics of psychological abuse, and how to begin the healing process. The group will be structured as both educational and therapeutic. Group members will be encouraged to share thoughts and feeling around personal experiences. Every week there will be one writing assignment in the form of a journal reflection.

To join contact your ITTC provider or complete the request form 

8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery Group

Leader: Kim + Megan V.
Location: Virtual
Session length: 10 weeks

  • New Dates Coming Soon!

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 12

Requirements:Purchase or access to 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery by Babette Rothschild. *If unable to acquire, we will provide you with a link to check out the book online.

Description: Regardless of where you are in your journey of trauma recovery, you may find that the reality is not a linear or simple process. You may feel that it is risky, without direction, and at times overwhelming. This group is an opportunity for you to gain your own sense of empowerment and safety in processing your experiences of trauma, learning tools and insights in a supportive and playful space alongside others.

As a book club group, we will be reading 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery by Babette Rothschild. By discussing a different key to recovery each week, you will have the chance to playfully explore what works for you and your unique experience. A central goal of trauma recovery is to improve your quality of life. By attending this group, you can discover a greater sense of your own needs and a more helpful path for how to get there.

To join contact your ITTC provider or complete the request form 

Process Groups

Healing with Nature

Leader: Bill 
Location: Virtual
Time: Tuesdays 4 pm
Session length: 8 sessions
Session Dates:

  • Winter Session: 3/5/2024 – 4/30/2024 (No Session on 3/26/2024)

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 10

Description: Spending time in nature, and grounding into the sights, sounds, and energies of the natural world can be a powerful experience. This group is for anybody looking to explore and broaden their relationship with the living world. Nature is everywhere, and the group requires only that participants explore and engage with nature locally at whatever level is accessible and available to them. 

The group will meet virtually each week. Participants will be asked to engage with, observe, and interact with nature in the setting of their preference between sessions, and will be invited to share their experiences with the group. Writing, artwork, and other forms of creative self-expression will be encouraged as part of the process. As a group, we will navigate and explore topics including grounding and somatic experiences, attunement, framing our own life experiences and traumas within the perspective of nature, the masculine and feminine archetypes of nature, engaging creativity, imagination and awe, living with climate change and climate anxiety, environmental stewardship, and finally, integration.

To join contact your ITTC provider or complete the request form 

Grief Exploration through Writing

Leader: Kristy
Location: Virtual
Time: Tuesdays 5 pm
Session length: 6 weeks
Session Dates:

  • Winter Session: 01/23/2024 – 02/27/2024

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 14

Description: This 6-week class will incorporate review of the six stages of grief as well as time for reflection, writing and sharing. The goal of the class is, through writing, to explore our relationship with grief and the changes it has brought to our lives.

You may be grieving a person, a past relationship, a major life change, a pet, a past self or something else entirely. Everyone is welcome, regardless of your stage of grieving or your specific type of grief.

No previous writing experience is necessary.

To join contact your ITTC provider or complete the request form 

Your Body Is Not An Apology

Leader: Aileen
Location: Virtual
Day/ Time: Tuesdays at 11 am
Session Length: 8 weeks
Demographic: Adults, All gender identities and gender expressions are welcome.
Maximum Number of Participants: 8
  • Winter Session: 1/16/2024 – 3/5/2024

Description: If you struggle with shame about your body, considering joining this group based off the work of Sonya Renee Taylor’s “The Body Is Not An Apology”. Together we will read, write and discuss prompts in her workbook “Your Body Is Not An Apology”. We will explore the “4 Pillars of Practice” that promote the idea of radical self-love through new tools and activities. Having access to the workbook is helpful as you can better follow along and have tangible insights to take with you at the end.

You can purchase the workbook at the following places:

 

Poetry & Processing: Women’s Poetry for Coping with Trauma

Leader: Nicole
Location: Virtual
Time: Thursday at 5:00pm 
Session length: 6 weeks

  • Summer Session: 8/3/2023 – 9/1/2023

Demographic: Female Identifying Adults
Maximum number of participants: 6

Description:

A female-identifying group for learning and writing poetry as a coping skill for processing trauma. Build connections in a validating and supportive environment while learning helpful tools, and exploring topics such as life stages, grief, loss, self-compassion, family, relationships, generational trauma, as well as the body and body issues.

The focus of this group is to develop your creative process as a way to cope with and process trauma through poetry. There is no requirement to share as the aim of this skill is to practice for yourself as a means to process the past, present, and future. We will be learning through a weekly poem to unpack and process a theme, meaning, and poetic mechanics. We will not be writing in group together, but rather discussing what comes up for you when reading or hearing the poem, and using the poem as a prompt for our own coping process outside of group.

To join contact your ITTC provider or complete the request form 

Learning to Listen

Leader: Joey
Location: Virtual
Time: Thursdays at 4:00 pm
Session length: 8 weeks
Session Dates: 

  • Fall Session: 9/28/2023 – 12/7/2023 *10 weeks, no session on 10/19/2023 & 11/23/2023

Demographic: Adults 18+
Maximum number of participants: 12

Description:This group aims to engage the unconscious and learn to deepen our individual capacity to focus inward utilizing music as a tool to explore the self. Every week participants will listen to a curated playlist that explores themes related to the human experience while monitoring their emotions, sensations, imagery and intuitive responses. Weekly themes include: belonging, authenticity, change, shame, forgiveness and self-worth.

To join contact your ITTC provider or complete the request form 

Creative Writing

Leader: Cheyenne
Location: Virtual
Time: Tuesdays at 2:00pm
Session length: 10 weeks
Session Dates:

  • Winter Session: 2/20/2024 – 4/23/2024

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 10

Description: Each week there will be optional prompts for writing as therapeutic self-reflection, time set aside for writing together, and opportunities to share your work. You can develop your own creative voice and offer encouragement to others as they explore the written word.

You can choose each week if you would prefer to write just for yourself, or if you want your work to be heard by the group. There is no obligation to share if you’re not comfortable doing so. Writers of all skill levels are welcome!

To join contact your ITTC provider or complete the request form 

Hero's Journey

Leader: Joey
Location: Virtual
Time: Thursdays at 2:00pm
Session length: 8 weeks
Session Dates:

  • Winter Session: 2/15/2024 – 4/04/2024

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 12

Description: Based on Joseph Campbell’s model of the Hero’s Journey, this group guides participants towards a deeper understanding of self by honoring our own story. Each week is a journey through established stages that identify the themes, concepts and archetypal patterns that are present in myth, media and our everyday lives. Sessions are structured to provide a framework for introspection, as well as carve out time to reflect through journaling. Using Depth Psychology, this trauma-informed approach highlights the personal and collective resilience alive within humanity.

To join contact your ITTC provider or complete the request form 

Living with Chronic Health Conditions Peer Support Group

Leader: Kristy
Location: Virtual
Time: Tuesdays at 5pm
Session length: 8 weeks

  • Fall Session: 10/24/2023 – 12/19/2023

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 12

Demographic: Adults

Description: Living with a chronic health condition can challenge one’s life in multiple ways. This 8-week group brings together those who want to receive and give support in relation to chronic health conditions. We will explore a different topic each week and then move to group discussion. The instructor will offer a topic for week 1 and the rest will be decided on by the group during the first week of class. Possible topics may include socializing, guilt, accessibility, relationships, or emotional regulation.

*Medical advice will not be discussed in this group.

To join contact your ITTC provider or complete the request form 

Skill Building Groups

DBT Skills Group A

Leader: Amanda
Location: Virtual
Time: Mondays – 4:00pm
Session length: 6 weeks

  • Session 1 – Mindfulness 10/30/2023 – 12/04/2023
  • Session 2 – Distress Tolerance: 1/8/2024 – 2/12/2024
  • Session 3 – Interpersonal Effectiveness: 2/26/2024 – 3/25/2024
  • Session 4 – Emotion Regulation: 4/8/2024 – 5/13/2024

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 12

Requirements: Please bring pen/paper to engage in written activities.

Description: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) founded by Marsha Linehan, is a group focused on building your skill set in four different areas: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotion Regulation. You may choose to attend one or all skill categories and there is no homework. We will start each group with a mindfulness practice and then discuss the skill, which might include reading and discussing a handout.

  • Mindfulness Session: the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment.
  • Distress Tolerance: how to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others.
  • Emotion Regulation:   how to change emotions that you want to change.

* definitions used from DBT Behavioral Tech website.

To join contact your ITTC provider or complete the request form 

DBT Skills Group B

Leader: Amanda
Location: Virtual
Time: Fridays – 11:00am
Session length: 6 weeks

  • Session 1 – Mindfulness 11/3/2023 – 12/8/2023
  • Session 2 – Distress Tolerance: 1/12/2024 – 2/16/2024
  • Session 3 – Interpersonal Effectiveness: 3/1/2024 – 3/29/2024
  • Session 4 – Emotion Regulation: 4/12/2024 – 5/17/2024

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 12

Requirements: Please bring pen/paper to engage in written activities.

Description: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) founded by Marsha Linehan, is a group focused on building your skill set in four different areas: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotion Regulation. You may choose to attend one or all skill categories and there is no homework. We will start each group with a mindfulness practice and then discuss the skill, which might include reading and discussing a handout.

  • Mindfulness Session: the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment.
  • Distress Tolerance: how to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others.
  • Emotion Regulation:   how to change emotions that you want to change.

* definitions used from DBT Behavioral Tech website.

To join contact your ITTC provider or complete the request form 

Trauma Stewardship: Helping the Helpers

Leader: Aileen
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Tuesdays 11:00am – 12:00pm
Session length: 6 weeks
Session Dates:

  • Summer Session: 8/8/2022 – 9/26/2022

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 12
Description: A group for adults in the helping professions who are experiencing burnout, compassion fatigue and/or signs of vicarious trauma. By reading, exploring and discussing the book “Trauma Stewardship” by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky and Connie Burk, this group aims to provide support and validation for the difficult work required in the helping professions.
Trauma stewardship’s focus is to stay engaged and present while enduring hardship. We will have conversations on mapping your own signs of vicarious trauma, building connections with peers and shaping a plan to better sustain yourself at work. We will read and discuss chapters from the book, assess your own experiences and then develop and discuss a personal plan for you to practice.

***Having access to the Trauma Stewardship book is important for full engagement in the group. You can find the book in various forms (ebook, paperback, audio book) at some options below. If you have questions about this or need assistance, please contact ITTC.

Trauma Stewardship web site:
https://traumastewardship.com/product/trauma-stewardship-everyday-guide-caring-self-caring-others/

Audio Book option:
https://www.audiobooks.com/m-audiobook/trauma-stewardship-an-everyday-guide-to-caring-for-self-while-caring-for-others/309199?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=Knowledge&refId=39146

Multnomah County Library options:
https://multcolib.org/search/site/trauma%20stewardship

Abe Books:
https://www.abebooks.com/Trauma-Stewardship-Everyday-Guide-Caring-Dernoot/31256709426/bd?cm_mmc=ggl-_-US_Shopp_Trade0to10-_-product_id=COM9781576759448NEW-_-keyword=&gclid=Cj0KCQjwxIOXBhCrARIsAL1QFCb-yB4ElA8uuOl2lcZwbjuiZnjmSbzQNjDyKW3S_3JfmJ9IaeD3bB0aAmx-EALw_wcB

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910.

Enrollment

If you are not currently a client with ITTC please follow the button “Group Inquiry Form” and complete the form and we will contact you via your preferred method. If you are currently a client at ITTC, let your clinician know which groups you are interested in enrolling in and they will help you. 

Lavender flowers, paper notepad and objects to portray the topic of therapy.