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?
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 offers two types of groups:
- General Psychotherapy Process Group
- Betrayed Partners’ Group
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,
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.
Betrayed Partners’ Groups
Ending an affair or breaking an addiction cycle is not the end of the betrayal but often the beginning of healing for the partner. Partners experience 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.
Groups designed specifically for betrayed partners, partners of infidelity, sex addiction or other process addictions, such as financial betrayals, offer supportive healing in a safe community.
Groups are done in 8-12 week increments with an option to continue for another 8-12 weeks. They are structured with a focus on the needs of the group, to include psycho- education, process work and exercises for healing and mindfulness. Groups typically have 4-8 members and meet for 90 minutes. The group accepts partners betrayed via sexual, emotional and/or financial infidelity.
Don’t Struggle Alone
Reaching for help is sometimes impossible. Pain is universal. You don’t have to be alone with yours. Call or email for your complimentary no-risk screening interview.