Why Group Therapy?:
Surviving trauma can feel quite isolating, as though there is no-one else who can understand the experience. Research shows that group therapy is a highly effective method to achieving positive outcomes and a way to make the most of your mental health journey. As an integrative agency, our diverse offerings for group therapy allows our clients to incorporate more into their treatment while connecting with others and building community. Our groups are designed specifically for the needs of trauma survivors.
Our commitment to the importance of group therapy and the base of our group therapy program is built off of Yalom’s “11 Therapeutic Factors” and Each factor is woven into the creation and implementation of all group therapies available.
- The Instillation of Hope creates a feeling of optimism
- Universality helps group members realize that they are not alone in their impulses, problems, and other issues
- Imparting Information helps to educate and empower people with knowledge pertaining to their specific psychological situation
- Altruism allows clients to gain a sense of value and significance by helping other group members
- Corrective Recapitulation provides for the resolution of family and childhood events within the safety of the group family
- Socializing Techniques promote social development, tolerance, empathy, and other interpersonal skills.
- Through Imitative Behavior group members learn to adopt the coping strategies and perspectives of other group members.
- Interpersonal Learning teaches clients how to develop supportive interpersonal relationships
- Group Cohesiveness gives members a sense of acceptance, belonging, value, and security
- Catharsis releases suppressed emotions and promotes healing by disclosing information to group members
- Existential Factors incorporate learning how to just exist as part of something larger than oneself. This factor brings a client into the awareness that life will continue on, with pain, death, sadness, regret, and joy. By living existentially, clients learn how to accept these conditions without escaping from them. Instead, they learn how to live with them and through them.