Group Counseling

Group counseling offers a rich opportunity to learn helpful skills and to practice interacting in effective ways.

Current group offerings:

  • Skills-focused groups for people with substance use concerns. A description of our skills-focused groups is below.
  • Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) group for people with mental health challenges.
  • Supportive counseling group for people who prefer more time to share than available in a skills-focused group.

These groups may be available with sufficient enrollment:

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) group for people who have experienced trauma. Please read more about CPT here.
  • Counseling-assisted treatment (CAT) group for people prescribed medication for substance use disorders and/or mental illnesses is available. The group is described here.

This link opens a .pdf listing group descriptions, schedules, and fees.

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 concerns

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.

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 usually limited to 8 members. To request enrollment in a group, please 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.)

Sample schedule for a 75-minute group session:

  • Welcome and announcements.
  • Review of group policies.
  • 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)
  • Awards of appreciation.

I am very happy to provide letters 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 a group, please contact me.

Last updated 9/4/19