Group therapy is a meaningful way to connect with others who share similar struggles. The power of group therapy comes from the opportunity to interact with other individuals who have a greater understanding of your circumstances. Group support has the ability to normalizes a participant’s experience and decrease feelings of isolation and pain that individuals in need of therapy often experienced.
Support groups can be led by peer or licensed clinicians. Peer support groups are led by individuals who have in-depth received training on how to lead a peer support group and most leaders are trained to refrain from providing feedback and advice. Peer led support groups offer participants a safe place to share experiences and interact with others.
Therapeutic support groups, on the other hand, are led by licensed clinicians who use their expertise and training to process the experiences that group member share in further depth and provide new ways to interpret member experiences and coping techniques. Clinicians also provide group members with new skills and perspectives to reduce symptoms.
I lead the following therapeutic group services as part of my clinical practice. Pre-registration and an intake session are required for each group. Please contact me for information about group location, fees and pre-registration.
Spousal bereavement group: Thursdays 4:00 – 5:15pm
General grief group: Wednesdays 3:45 – 5:00pm
Living with cancer: Fridays: 1:00 – 2:15
Teen grief group: Thursdays 6:00 – 7:15pm
Traumatic grief: coping, healing and growing: Saturdays 10:00- 11:30am
In addition to the above therapeutic groups – the following peer lead grief groups are offered through the Beyond Loss Program and held Glendale Adventist Medical Service for a nominal fee. For more information about these groups please contact (818) 409-8008.