“I suppose that since most of our hurts come through relationships so will our healing"
- Wm. Paul Young, The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
Many people feel alone in the problems they face. Journeys supportive therapy groups provide safe,
goal-oriented relational contexts that free clients to explore commonly shared challenges while experimenting with alternatives and gaining a diverse wealth of feedback. Some clients already engaged in individual counseling find group work a helpful supplement, boosting their individual work in a cost-effective and uniquely supportive way. Diverse group types at Journeys allow for sharing common ground with others confronting similar obstacles and pursuing similar goals while enabling group members to support and celebrate each other in their shared journeys.
Are you looking for a powerful therapeutic experience? Would you enjoy a cost-effective approach to counseling?
• Do you feel alone or unsupported in your recovery experience?
• Do you experience unique individual benefits when working as part of a team?
• Are you looking for a context to be helped and help others in the challenges you face?
• Are you open to a new, positive growth experience?
If you answered yes or are curious to understand more about the psychological, financial and interpersonal benefits to groups, then check out some of these basic benefits to group counseling:
Foster Hope — Participants gain confidence in the efficiency of the group to help them with their presenting issues
Community — Participants become assured that they are not alone; despite different circumstances, most people are dealing with similar themes and issues (love, loss, hope, fear, change, etc).
Autonomy — Along with a sense of belonging, participants also begin to appreciate and understand their unique differences within a group setting
Valuable Information — Through the professional perspective of a trained therapist and the valuable perspectives of other participants, each member gives and receives valuable feedback on a wide range of issues
Social Conscience — As participants grow in the group process, they begin to learn the valuable principles of how to give and receive, acknowledging that even in their distress they have something important to offer others
Corrective Emotional Experiences — Group members are offered a chance to be seen, heard or experienced in ways that perhaps they were unable to in other familial or community settings, creating healing in unexpected ways
Improved Social Skills — Many of us know how to be polite, however being in a professional group allows members to gain and sharpen skills around allowing meaningful expression to take place and how to engage in healthy, appropriate ways
Modeling Behavior — Both leaders and members model resilience, adaptation, useful thinking, creative coping skills, and other helpful behaviors
Interpersonal Growth — The group atmosphere reflects that of a small community where participants are able to try out new behaviors and ways of connecting
Group Connectedness — Participants often have restorative experiences of bonding, belonging and trust within the group
Emotional Release — Members attain relief from practicing pure expression of thoughts and emotions in new, profound ways
Existential Factors — Participants grow in their understanding of universal themes like love, loss, change, suffering and growth, as well as how they fit into the ‘big picture’ along side others
Journeys Open and Closed Supportive Therapy Groups
Therapy group participation can be beneficial even for those who prefer to listen rather than share their own thoughts. The stories and insights of others can reveal a great deal about oneself. In the group environment, the experiences of others will often mirror aspects of your own experience, making them easier to understand. Through these interactions, a natural process of increased insight and acceptance occurs toward self and others as participants learn to relate more honestly and deeply.
Journeys supportive therapy groups consist of 3 to 8 members with 1 or 2 licensed counselors facilitating group-specific discussion. Members listen to each other and provide feedback in a supportive environment. Discussions are generally oriented around the group type, remain confidential, and are facilitated by trained counselors who ensure intentionality and safety.
Some supportive therapy groups are open, meaning they are ongoing and open to new members (with some limitations). Other groups are closed, meaning they are formed with a set group of members for a set amount of time. These groups allow for periods of rest, reformation, and re-engagement after a brief interval. Groups may be focused around gender, age, life stage, relational status, therapeutic goals, or some combination.
Frequently Asked Questions
"What if I don't feel safe enough to open up in a group?"
Discomfort over the idea of discussing personal issues in a group context is a normal feeling at first. This initial anxiety almost always dissipates after the first few sessions as our trained counselors establish group norms of safety, confidentiality, and vulnerability while providing a low-pressure environment to engage at one's own pace. Clients control what, how much, and when they share in the group. As group members engage more in discussion, they tend to benefit more from the group experience. Most find that that as they feel safe enough to open up and share personal issues with other group members, the experience become deeply rewarding.
"Is this as effective as individual therapy?"
While group therapy is an effective modality by itself, group and individual therapy are better thought of as different, rather than better or worse. Often some combination is preferred by clients. Some join therapy groups while simultaneously engaged in individual counseling. Others choose to alternate between seasons of group work and individual work. On some occasions, clients report greater progress in one context or the other, but this is largely dependent on personality, unique needs, and other person-specific factors.
If you are interested in joining a group, please contact one of the suggested therapists for more information. We run groups year-round. Enrollment is often based on best fit and first-come, first-served. Prices and dates vary depending on the group.
We often form groups based on interest, so if there is a topic or group you are interested in that is not currently listed, please contact us and let us know. We strive to offer services that are in high-demand and relevant to our clients.
Need help? Contact our administrative assistant here with any questions, concerns or to be matched with a group that is best suited for your needs.