Groups offer a rich opportunity to learn helpful skills and to practice interacting in effective ways.

Awareness Skills

Learn and practice research-backed skills to address problematic behaviors including substance use.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Group

Learn and practice research-backed skills to address the challenging symptoms of anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, behaviors termed “addictions,” mental disorders, eating disorders, and severe mental illnesses.

  • Wednesdays, 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
  • $43 per session

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Enrichment Group

Work in synergy with others to practice and deepen use of CPT skills.

For clients who identify as female and have completed several individual sessions or the complete protocol of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD, we offer a group for practicing and applying CPT skills in the supportive company of others. CPT provides a way to understand why recovery from traumatic events is difficult and how symptoms of trauma affect daily life. The focus is on identifying how traumatic experiences change thoughts and beliefs, and how thoughts influence current feelings and behaviors. With new awareness and skills, the natural human ability to heal from hard times is freed, as are people to continue on without the conscious and unconscious domination of trauma in their lives. Please read more about Cognitive Processing Therapy.

  • Sundays, 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM
  • $43 per session
  • Limited to 7 members. Enrollment in the group as of 2/13/20 is 6 members.

These groups may be available with sufficient enrollment:

Applied Awareness Skills

Use awareness skills to optimize ways of thinking, feeling, behaving, interacting, relating, and working.

Prerequisite: Completion of Awareness Skills curriculum.

Partnership Skills Strengthening Group

Couples, family members, employees, and team members learn and practice skills to increase the effectiveness of their interactions with each other. 

Counseling-Assisted Treatment (CAT) group for people prescribed medication for substance use disorders and/or mental illnesses. The group is described here.

To request an appointment for individual and/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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More about our 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.

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 2/13/20