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What is a Process Group?
Process groups are a safe, confidential environment in which individuals can gain valuable insights into their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Group members learn and practice new ways of interacting with others, ultimately developing the tools they need to create more meaningful and authentic relationships in the real world.
The Group acts as a “microcosm” or “miniature version” of one’s actual life. If you are shy in your life, you will be in the group; if you tend to “people please” you will do so in the group; if you monopolize conversations, it will show up in the group. The group, therefore, provides a “laboratory” for you to experiment in a safe place and try on different ways of interacting, while receiving feedback, so you can learn what works well and what can be improved.
Where to begin
The group serves as a support network and sounding board for its individual members, providing honest feedback and observations. Everyone in the group share together in each others experiences. The individual members of the group hold each other accountable. This collaborative and supportive environment makes group therapy a powerful alternative to one-on-one counseling. In fact, research shows that group therapy is often more effective than individual therapy. Psychotherapists say that group members are almost always surprised by how rewarding the group experience can be.
In a process group, you can:
- Learn to put your own problems in perspective. You may feel like you are the only one struggling with certain difficulties, but you’re not alone. It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they are going through in an open, authentic way.
- Experience diversity of thought. People have different personalities and backgrounds, and therefore view situations from different vantage points. By seeing how other people tackle problems and make positive changes, you can discover a whole range of strategies for facing your own concerns.
- Gain a better understanding of yourself and how you relate to others. Learning to communicate your thoughts and feelings in a group setting can help you create deeper relationships in the real world.
Our current and upcoming process groups include:
interested in joining a group with a specific focus not listed above.