Group Therapy and Depression Support Groups
Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy where one or more therapists work with several people, at the same time. Group therapy is often used in conjunction with individual work, but can sometimes be used alone. In a setting with other people who suffer from similar issues, members of the group learn valuable tools to identify triggers of distress, evaluate negative thoughts and perceptions, strategize ways to deal with life’s unavoidable ups and downs, and resolve hurtful patterns of the past.
How Group Therapy Works
Our Group Therapy sessions are adult-only sessions, lead by Deede Amhowitz, MA, MFT. Her approach uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy to foster healthy coping skills and personal growth, for all members.
Our group therapy sessions typically take place in our office in Centennial, CO, but are currently meeting on Zoom. When in-person, chairs arranged around a conference table so all members of the group can be seen, heard, and included. If there are new members, the skills group starts by having everyone introduce themselves and answer an ice breaker question. If not, the skills group session begins with a “check-in” where each person will share how they did on their homework from the previous week. The coping skills group is 20 weeks long, teaching skills and techniques for coping. Each week teaches a new skill or is a continuation of the skill from the previous week, which may be slotted as a two-week group. Members may be asked to practice these techniques with one another, during the course of the session. The skills group remains very structured each week, so participants know what to expect and feel safe with the expectations.
- Our Coping Skills Therapy Group meets weekly, on Tuesday evenings from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Zoom
- Skills you will learn include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), boundaries, communication, social skills, and relapse prevention.
- On average, there are 5 group members, sometimes more and sometimes less
Benefits of Group Therapy
Our Coping Skills Therapy Group can be beneficial for a wide variety of individuals coming from backgrounds of depression, anxiety, addiction, major life transitions, and more. Group therapy at its core allows people to receive the support, encouragement, and tools they need to handle the highs and lows life throws at you. Advantages of group therapy can include:
- Feeling less alone in your struggles. In group therapy, you regularly meet with individuals that are going through the same things as you and battling similar challenges. Weekly, you will hear other members’ stories and receive support and encouragement from the group.
- Group cohesiveness and group learning. A therapy group is like a family in many ways. Members of this group are united in a common goal–to gain a sense of acceptance and belonging and to better understand themselves. Individuals can learn a lot through modeling and imitating the behavior of the therapist and other members of the group.
- Often more affordable than individual therapy. Rather than paying for one-on-one sessions, group therapy is a much larger group of individuals, so the price is often more affordable.
By working in a group setting, therapists can see first-hand how each individual responds to others. In this group setting, therapists can observe your responses to other individuals, and provide specific techniques, advice, and valuable feedback.
Get Started Today
Building a support network and gaining a better understanding of yourself and others are just a few benefits of group therapy. To sign up for group therapy, talk to our therapist Deede Amhowitz, MA, MFT, or receive more information, please call (720)738-8531 or contact us by filling out the form below.
Please call us at (720)738-8531 for more details.