Understanding Your Therapy
Group Therapy can focus on interpersonal relationships or on particular concerns shared by the group members as a shared therapeutic experience. Group therapy is offered to help you reach a myriad of different therapeutic goals and is usually divided into two larger types, either "psychoeducational" or "process oriented".
Essentially, a psychoeducational group is focused on providing you with information about specific topics in order to give you additional resources or information. These groups are more structured and you will be provided with specific topics to discuss and learn about. The intention of providing you with more information about the topic is often identified in the name of the group.
On the other hand, a "process" oriented group focuses on the experience of being in a group, itself, as the healing opportunity. For example, the process of expressing your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in the group, "in the here and now" can be the very vehicle by which you discover change. I have offered healing through multiple groups, particularly experiential therapy, focusing on using the creative means of role play and even play itself as a therapeutic tool.
Your improvement in treatment will depend on the issues you are addressing and your openness to the process. Your use of this process with the guidance of my support is likely to result in you feeling better. There may be times in this process when feelings of unhappiness, anger, anxiety or tension may increase for a short time. Yet, the overall goal is to lessen your painful symptoms and introduce you to the joy of living freely, perhaps for the first time.
It is my commitment to offer you care and give constructive feedback, and to maintain confidentiality. It is your commitment to attend scheduled appointments, to be active and open in the process, to practice new skills for coping, to follow any medication regime that is part of your overall wellness, and to pay fees at the time of service.
There are specific times to seek group psychotherapy, like when you want to address longstanding ineffective relationship/ life patterns (process group) or you want to learn new skills (psychoeducational group). In the group, your specific needs for growth as an adult, young adult, teen or child are important. See specialties to determine if your issue/concern is listed.
I find it a privilege to journey with the clientele I have served over the past 13 years as a psychotherapist. And, I bring 25 years of experience as an educator, caregiver, administrator, retreat directress, workshop leader (see my resume for details) and co-journeyer to support your unique healing process. Come join me as together we seek Freedom Through Psychotherapy: Transforming Lives, Healing Hearts.
--Dr. Joanne Vizzini