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Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is a directed conversation between you and your therapist. Your therapist may want to know what brought you to therapy at this time, what you hope to achieve/change through therapy, what your early years were like for you.

You can also ask questions of your therapist. The therapist’s goal is to establish a relationship with you during the therapy hour which includes healthy boundaries, mutual trust, mutual respect, active listening and questioning. Your therapist may take notes during the session which will be kept confidentially. You may be given “homework” to complete before the next session.

Your therapist will talk with you about the therapy approach which she suggests. All will be explained and you may agree or not.Most sessions will last an hour. Some sessions may be longer by mutual consent. If you have had previous therapy your therapist may ask what was helpful for you and what was not helpful.

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Group Therapy

Group Therapy can be an alternative or an addition to individual or relationship therapy. There are many forms of group therapy, such as psychoeducational, psychodynamic, interpersonal, and supportive.The following are brief descriptions of the types of groups that may be offered:

Psychoeducational Groups often have a teaching component wherein the group leader will present you with information on a specific topic such as anxiety, depression, healthy relationships etc.  There may be time allocated for questions, sharing personal experiences and strategies, or discussions during group time and/or you may prefer to speak with the therapist privately afterward. Group size may vary from 6 to 12 people.

Psychodynamic Groups are process-oriented. There is no set agenda. A theme will generally evolve each session as members disclose their issues, personal histories, concerns etc. The group leader tries to ensure that every member has the opportunity to speak, enforces group rules, and ensures that the group is an emotionally safe setting for all. Members are expected to attend all sessions as their input is vital to the functioning of the group as a whole. Group size is optimal at 6-8 members.   

Interpersonal Groups focus on the development and maintenance of healthy relationships. Relationships, past and present, may be discussed. Members are encouraged to provide helpful feedback to other members and to be open to receiving similar feedback. The group leader ensures that group is an emotionally safe setting and that each member has an opportunity to speak. The focus is on identifying healthy and unhealthy relationship patterns. Establishment of appropriate boundaries in a relationship is an ongoing discussion. Members are expected to attend all therapy sessions and to be active participants. Group size is optimal at 6-8 members.

Supportive Groups are less formal and not necessarily designed to be therapeutic. A goal might be for participants to get to know each other so that they can interact socially outside of group. Supportive groups may be larger (10-15 members) and members may be allowed to drop into sessions as often as they would like.