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Charlotte, NC 28262
Office located in the University area
You can email me at: Lauren@WBTCS.org
I would like to congratulate you in taking this important step towards gaining more freedom and empowerment.
LPC, LCAS, CH, EAS-C, EDIT™ Certified II
Well Being Transitions Counseling and Consulting Services
What is Group Therapy?
In group therapy approximately 3-10 individuals meet face-to-face with me. Depending on the focus on the group, there may be a set curriculum or during group meeting time, members decide what they want to talk about.
Helpful ground rules are created by members to ensure confidentiality, safety, and security in addressing group related issues. Members are encouraged to give feedback to others. Feedback includes expressing your own feelings about what someone says or does. Interaction between group members provides each person an opportunity to try new ways of behaving; it also provides members with an opportunity for learning more about the way they interact with others.
How is Group Therapy Helpful?
When people come into a group and interact freely with other group members, they usually recreate those difficulties that brought them to group therapy in the first place. Under the direction of the group therapist, the group is able to give support, offer alternatives, and comfort members in such a way that these difficulties become resolved and alternative behaviors are learned.
The group also allows a person to develop new ways of relating to people.
During group therapy, people begin to see that they are not alone and that there is hope and help. It is comforting to hear that other people have a similar difficulty, or have already worked through a problem that deeply disturbs another group member. Another reason for the success of group therapy is that people feel free to care about each other because of the climate of trust in a group.
As the group members begin to feel more comfortable, you will be able to speak freely. The psychological safety of the group will allow the expression of those feelings, which are often difficult to express outside of group. You will begin to ask for the support you need. You will be encouraged tell people what you expect of them.
In a group, you probably will be most helped and satisfied if you talk about your feelings. It is important to keep in mind that you are the one who determines how much you disclose in a group. You will not be forced to tell you deepest and innermost thoughts.
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