“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 allow clients to explore commonly shared challenges while experimenting with alternatives and gaining a diverse wealth of feedback. Some clients who have already engaged in individual counseling end up finding group therapy 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. Know that you are never alone.
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 and safe environment. Discussions are generally oriented around the group type, remain confidential, and are facilitated by trained and compassionate 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.
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 manager here with any questions, concerns or to be matched with a group that is best suited for your needs.
“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 that many experience. 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. We have found that as group members engage more in discussion, they tend to benefit more from the group experience. Most find that as they feel safe enough to open up and share personal issues with other group members, the experience becomes 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. Oftentimes some combination of the two is preferred by clients. Some clients join therapy groups while simultaneously engaging 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.
We generally recommend scheduling a specialized assessment with a trusted Journeys counselor to evaluate what your child or family’s specific needs are, as well as determining best the options for treatment and more precise answers to the questions you may have about the process. The Journeys team strives to provide you with the best fit professionally, and will happily direct you to the counselor with the best personality, expertise and approach for your family.
Click on the therapists below to schedule a consultation or check out our team to connect with a therapist that’s right for your situation.
Need help? Contact our administrative manager here with any questions, concerns or to be matched with a therapist that is best suited for you and your family’s needs.