Yes! we accept most insurance plans, let us know your plan when registering for the group, we will check you are covered. We also offer a self-pay option if you do not want to use insurance.
The initial, individual assessment is for our Group Therapist to gather clinical history and mental status of each prospective group member. This information is critical to assess group suitability, and helps the Therapist understand a client’s situation to ensure inclusion with a suitable group. The assessment is also covered by insurance.
Group therapy helps you realize you’re not alone, it helps you relate to others (and yourself) in healthier ways. Groups can act as a support network and create sense of community that validates and normalizes your emotions, when you might be feeling lonely or isolated.
Research shows that tele-therapy provides the same quality of care as in-person therapy, and according to the American Psychological Association, tele-therapy is just as effective as in-person sessions.
Group Therapy connects you with other people who are dealing with the same or similar issues. By seeing how other people handle these issues and problems, enables you be able to incorporate different strategies to address your own.
Typically, the groups are 60 minutes long, once a week, for around 8 – 12 weeks. You will be given all of this information when you register to be accepted into a particular group.
If the time does not work for you, we have a waitlist facility, where you can nominate an alternative time for the group, if enough people are interested in that time, we can run a second group.
This will be at the discretion of the Therapist facilitating the group. Depending on the subject matter being discussed, there maybe a cut off time to join the group so as not to disrupt the other participants.
Group Therapy puts you with people who are dealing with the same or similar issues. This common understanding of difficult experiences nurtures trust and understanding. Talking about your situation and listening to others journeys, may also help relieve the pain or stress you may be feeling.
Just like with individual therapy, group therapy requires participants to maintain confidentiality outside of the group. However, this is an honor system, and some member may discuss group with their family or friends. First names or initials can be used to provide further comfort as feeling safe in group is very important to a successful group experience.
Being open, honest and present are perhaps the most important parts of group therapy and, for some people, the hardest. It can be hard to be honest about your feelings and experiences in front of a group, but the more you share, the more the group can help you.
Giving constructive feedback is one of the most valuable skills to practice, along with accepting feedback which is just as important.