Group Therapy

1871940787Infidelity turned Susan’s life upside down.

It’s been four months since Susan* found the text messages and pictures on Robert’s phone. Shock, disappointment, and anger were the first emotions as she came to terms with the infidelity of her husband of 15 years.

Robert* has moved out, and Susan is doing her best to cope with the change and provide stability for their three children. It’s exhausting doing it all alone. But the worst part is feeling so isolated and alone.

Susan’s therapist has been an enormous help, but Susan still feels overwhelmed. Embarrassed by the failure of her marriage and the impact on her family, she has a minimal group of people to help her process through the hurt and a path forward.

Susan’s therapist recommended group therapy.

At her therapist’s recommendation, Susan joined a counseling group for women currently going through divorce or recently divorced. She was nervous coming to that first group session but hopeful of finding other women she could trust to process together what had happened and the way forward.

The women in the group came from different backgrounds. Their stories weren’t exactly like hers, but she quickly realized that the similarities created an excellent environment for helping each other deal with complex emotions and fears for the future.

With the help of the therapist who led the group, Susan is starting to regain her self-confidence and has found the courage to make decisions and plan for a better future for herself and her children.

34821166What is Group Therapy?

Group therapy is a very effective way to find healing and success. They are not self-help groups. A licensed counselor, trained in therapy, uses the dynamics of a cohesive group of individuals with a common issue or goal they want to achieve.

Group counseling at Pathways involves forming a group of individuals with similar interests, situations, and goals. These groups consist of 5 to 8 clients the therapist believes will be able to connect and form the bonds of trust needed for group counseling to be effective.

With the leadership of the therapist, the group will help decide the frequency, length of sessions, and specific number of sessions the group will meet. Together, the group agrees on the goals they want to achieve and how the group will function. It is common for group sessions to last from 2 to 2 ½ hours, meet once a week, and meet for 8 to 10 sessions.

What kind of issues or subjects do we explore in Group Counseling?

Some of the topics we address include the following:

  • Relationship issues
  • Addiction
  • Job Loss and Lay Offs
  • LGBTQIA+ issues
  • Parents/Caregivers of a son/daughter who recently
    identified as LGBTQIA
  • Grief and Loss
  • Adult children of Parents with dementia or other life impacting illnesses
  • Life changes
  • Coping Strategies for ADHD
  • Teens of divorced parents or other common
    issues teens face
  • Adults interested in developing strategies to discover and achieve their personal mission and purpose.

1871940787Is Pathways currently putting any groups together?

We are currently talking with women going through a divorce or recently divorced (like Susan in the story at the top of the page) for a group starting in June.

What should I do if I am interested in this group or another topic? How can I get more information about group therapy?

Fill out the contact form and indicate what kind of group you want to join. We will call you back right away for a free 20-minute consultation. We can answer any questions and help you find the best group to meet your goals.

*Names and story are composite narratives and do not reflect actual clients.