Are you looking for therapy that is affordable and effective? Groups can be an economical way to participate in counseling and provide a private a confidential and safe space in which to heal.
Why Group Therapy?
“People who are successful in group are successful in life.” – Louis Ormont, Ph.D.
We are part of groups on a daily basis, whether it be our family, work culture or some other community with which we are involved. Groups are not escapable. In fact, most people enter psychotherapy because of their inability to connect successfully in some way to another.
People show up in treatment for anxiety, depression, relationship conflicts, parenting issues, stress, and addiction and many other concerns. When people show up in a relationship or a group they tend to recreate the same rules of engagement that have proved troublesome to them outside of the group. That is, they show up in a group how they show up in their world, or, in the words of yoga guru, Baron Baptiste, ‘how you show up on your mat is how you show up in life.’
Group therapy provides a microcosm of your existence and an opportunity to foster awareness and transform these patterns. It is a social laboratory and a unique arena in which to see oneself in the context of others. In group you will experience others and learn how they experience you, the latter potentially quite different from how we view ourselves. Group counseling ultimately addresses such issues as vulnerability, boundaries, emotional and behavioral expression, insight and trust. It provides a safe place to cultivate recognition of the way you make your way in the world and a space in which you can try on new ways of being. A shift within the group often precipitates transformation within your world.
Contrary to individual or couple’s therapy, group therapy also provides a sense of universality, that is, the experience of greater connection when you join with others who grapple with similar issues.
While most people are often initially reluctant to enter group counseling, once engaged, their level of comfort increases exponentially. Further, in some instances, the level of change is even more powerful than in individual therapy.
Dr. Winter currently offers four types of groups:
- Men’s Psychotherapy Process Group for those struggling with Out-of-control Sexual Behavior (Mondays 4:30-6:00)
- General Psychotherapy Process Group (TBD)
- Betrayed Partners’ Group for Women (10-12 weeks; TBD)
- Women’s Sexuality Group (10 weeks; TBD)
Dr. Winter has facilitated process groups for almost 30 years. Originally trained and having published during her internship at Case Western Reserve’s Metropolitan General and University Hospitals, she has continued to lead groups in her private practice. She is certified in group therapy.
General Psychotherapy Process Group
Process groups are a powerful way to experience yourself and a ripe environment for change. People enter group work with various issues, symptoms or diagnoses such as anxiety, social anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, stress, addiction, anger, parenting concerns etc.. The presentation is important; however, group ultimately addresses the challenges that provide the moment for real change.
Groups typically have 6-8 people and meet for 90 minutes. Interested participants need to be in ongoing therapy (at least monthly) and submit to a screening interview to determine eligibility to participate. Process groups are closed yet transitional and not time limited. That is, on occasion, a member will leave and someone will join,
Men’s Process Group for Sexual Infidelity (Sex/Porn/Love Addiction, Out-of-Control Sexual Behavior, Affairs)
The purpose of this group is to help men healing from sex-addiction or out-of-control sexual behavior. These behaviors come in all shapes and sizes; everyone is welcome.
The group is a process group, that is, to help you understand how you show up-how you make your way in the world and how your unhealthy symptoms have been instrumental in this and how you can find other ways in order to survive. As such, interpersonal relationships and connection, self-esteem, emotional regulation, and triggers for acting out will all be concurrent themes that run throughout. Within the safe space of the group and the support of other men, the ultimate goal is to embrace a healthy sexuality.
Groups typically have 6-8 people and meet for 90 minutes. Interested participants need to be in ongoing therapy (at least monthly) and submit to a screening interview to determine eligibility to participate. Process groups are closed yet transitional and not time limited. That is, on occasion, a member will leave and someone will join. Members are expected to make a three-month commitment to determine if the group is right for their healing.
Schedule: Mondays 4:30-6:00p; there is space available.
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Betrayed Partners’ Groups for Women
The pain of infidelity and deceit can seem unending. Yet the ending of an affair or the breaking of an addiction cycle is not the end of the betrayal, but often the beginning of healing for the partner, the infidel, and for the couple. Partners experience shock, disorientation, sadness, fear, anxiety, depression, confusion, rage, shame, and isolation as well as a host of other post-traumatic symptoms which fall into what is called complex partner trauma or sex addiction-induced trauma terms used to recognize the effect of the betrayal on the partner.
This group is designed to help those healing from the challenges and post-traumatic stress that accompanies being in a relationship with an addict or person who engages in out-of-control sexual and other behavior that is a violation to the marital/relationship bond. Groups designed specifically for betrayed partners, partners of infidelity, sex addiction or other process addictions or betrayals, such as financial deception, offer supportive healing in a safe community.
The relational-trauma informed perspective is counter to the commonly held system of co-addiction, a role which has its merit’s yet also its shame. In this group, we focus on the trauma model yet support the use of co-addiction and 12-step work, as both are instrumental to healing.
Groups are done in 10-week increments with an option to continue for another 10 weeks; they have 6-8 members and meet for two (2) hours. They are structured with a focus on the needs of the group and, within each session, include psychoeducation, process work, and exercises for healing and mindfulness. This is a closed group; that is, participation remains the same throughout the term of the group. The group accepts partners betrayed via sexual, emotional and/or financial infidelity. Interested participants are required to submit to a screening interview to determine eligibility to participate and are encouraged to be in concurrent individual therapy (at least monthly). This group is not for victims of domestic violence.
Schedule: Tuesdays: 4:30p-6p*: October 16th, 2018-December 18th, 2018. Currently taking names for January 2019 group; start date TBD.
*group will run 2 hours with 6-7 members.
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