Group therapy is offered in two basic types: psycho-educational and process group . Group therapy can be one of the most powerful learning experiences of a lifetime. In my experience, group counseling is far more effective and efficient than individual counseling is.
Psycho-educational groups focus on a specific topic. My Clarity Key© Courses are psycho-educational groups. Some other examples of these groups include anger management, domestic violence, sexual abuse recovery, addiction recovery, etc. They are designed to provide specific information about specific topics with experiential exercises to allow personal growth opportunities. Generally they are offered in weekend seminar formats or 1-2 hour class formats for several weeks.
Process groups explore the individual issues of group members, on a weekly schedule. Process groups are especially helpful for people with anxiety, mild to moderate depression, self image, social or relationship difficulties. These groups provide a safe place to give and receive honest feedback, offer and receive support. Group therapy helps members learn how to deal with psychologically and emotionally intimate relationships in the real world. For example, many people who have problems with trust learn to develop appropriate psychological and emotional intimacy in the group which then spills over into their 'outside' lives.
There are two types of process groups, each based on the length of time the group lasts.
- Closed-end groups are set up for a specific number of sessions.
- Open-ended groups are indefinite. In open ended groups members join an ongoing group and stay as long as they continue to benefit. When one member leaves or "graduates", another member is introduced.
My Clarity Groups are a hybrid. These open-ended groups form after completion of the Clarity Key Introduction class in which the Clarity Key Method/process is introduced. These groups do process group work, that is, each member works on his/her personal issues, using the Clarity Key Method to help assimilate the concepts and the new paradigms. I provide continuing education about how our perception, memory, unconscious, conscious minds work.
Family Therapy is a very special type of psycho-educational group in which the therapist educates the whole family about the unique dynamics within that family. First, we identify the issues of concern, or problems, facing the family. From that we define the goals for the whole family and for each individual member of the family. Then, we use our knowledge and expertise to assist the family in exploring options to solve the issues/problems.