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Group Therapy

There are two groups currently running right now.

I have a women’s advanced coping skills group, but it is full.  If you are interested, let me know and perhaps I can put you on a wait list.

I have a life transitions group running every other Monday at 11:00 a.m.  We are currently able to add three new members.  Please call for more information on this group.

There is a very special type of growth experience and potential for healing that is unique to group therapy. The interaction among the members has the potential to produce a wealth of shared perspectives, mutual support and validation, as well as a place to practice relationships or relationship skills. My job as a group therapist is to support the members in their interactions, guide in creating and maintaining an emotionally safe space, and add direction or information from time to time. It is the group members’ job to try to share their thoughts and feelings from a self-perspective while taking in and considering other member’s experiences, thoughts, and feelings.

The following is just one example of one type of benefit that can occur in group therapy a little easier than it sometimes does in individual therapy. Imagine that a group member might blame herself for her own childhood abuse. As an individual therapist I can tell her one hundred times that she is not to blame, but when other members of a group share that they too blame themselves for their injuries, slowly it begins to dawn on everyone in the group that if they do not blame the other members in the group for their victimizations, than perhaps they are not to blame for their own.

Another example from a coping skills group might be someone needing help with a very difficult supervisor at work or a cranky next-door neighbor. We might be working on assertive requests or refusals in the group or some other skill set. While as an individual therapist I might have several different ideas about how to handle the difficult supervisor, but in a group setting you might get many more ideas or variations of ideas. One of these might end up being something that feels like a very good fit for you and like something you could more easily try.

Helpful Information About Groups

When: Most groups meet in early or late afternoons.

Telephone Screening: I will talk briefly with you by phone so we can get an idea whether or not a particular group might be a good fit for your needs and goals.

First Appointment: We will then schedule at least one individual appointment to more fully assess your group therapy needs and to address any concerns or questions you might have.

Fees: Fees for most groups are $50 per 80-minute session if you are paying at the time of the appointment. If any type of billing or paperwork is required for me to obtain payment, the fee is $90 per session.

Where: Groups are held at my private practice in Renton.

New Members: As space and therapeutic timing permits, new members may be added to the group. All efforts will be made to maintain stability and safety for the existing group members, while still providing services for people who are a good fit for the group.

More Information: If you want to know more about any group or wish to schedule an appointment, please call me, Diane M. Adams, Ph.D., at 253-852-4699.

Online Directory of Support Groups: A guide to national and international support groups (most with contacts for local chapters) providing help and support for a great variety of problems and conditions.