Group Counseling

Enrollment is open!

  1. Skills-focused groups for people with substance use issues meet in Blacksburg, Virginia on Sundays. Session 1 meets from 2:30 to 3:45 PM, and session 2 meets from 4:00 to 5:15 PM. A description of the group is below.
  2. Skills-focused group for women with trauma symptoms meets on Mondays from 5:30 – 6:45 PM. The next 12-week session meets January 28 through April 8, 2019. The following 12-week session is scheduled from April 15 through June 1, 2019.
  3. Counseling-assisted treatment (CAT) group for people prescribed medication for substance use disorders and/or mental illnesses is available. The group is described here.

To request an appointment for individual or group counseling, please learn more about appointments and fees, then contact me to register as a new client through the client portal.

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Skills-focused groups for people with substance use issues

Anne GilesIn our skills-focused groups, we work with specific approaches that research suggests are most helpful to people who want to end or reduce their use of substances that have become problematic for them.

People who have difficulties with substances, binge-eating, gambling, shopping, Internet gaming, serial relationships, self-harming, or other challenges, and who return to problematic behavior, frequently cite interactions with others as preceding unplanned use or behavior.

Group counseling offers a rich opportunity to learn helpful skills and to practice interacting in effective ways. Through support from the facilitator and fellow group members, individuals can identify patterns of dealing with others and make helpful modifications to:

  • better regulate emotions
  • get needs met
  • re-balance after over-functioning or under-functioning in relationships
  • feel closer to loved ones
  • be more effective with co-workers and acquaintances
  • skillfully manage problematic behaviors
  • navigate and negotiate conflict
  • make more conscious choices about what might be the next most helpful thing to say or do – or not say or not do.

Group counseling offers exciting possibilities for self-discovery in connection with others.

Groups are limited to 6 members. To request enrollment in a group, please follow these steps:

  1. Phone, text, or email me to request scheduling an initial, individual session. (If I have worked with you in other contexts, an initial appointment may not be needed. Please contact me to discuss.)
  2. Once we’ve had the initial session, I’ll enroll you in a group.

Sample schedule for a 75-minute group session:

  • Welcome and announcements.
  • Review of group rules.
  • Check-in with a 2-minute timer.
  • Brief explanation of a new skill. (10 minutes)
  • Practice using new skill. (10 minutes)
  • Practice using new skill in synthesis with formerly learned skills. (20 minutes)
  • Check-out with a buffet of wisdom through individual statements of observation, awareness, insight, and progress. (10-15 minutes)
  • Client-selected awards of appreciation.

I am very happy to provide letters at the end of each session, or for a series of sessions, for those who need documentation of attendance.

Group members are welcome to participate in both individual counseling and group counseling.

Welcome! If you would like to join the group, please contact me.

Last updated 1/12/19