Group Counselling

Utilizing multiple relationships that exist in group therapy to help individuals grow emotionally and solve personal problems. Group process allows all members to utilize the power of the group as well as the psychotherapist who leads it.

There are eleven essential factors that group therapy must include in order to become the primary element of change and growth for each group member:

  1. Development of hope: hearing othersí stories, watching othersí growth and change, and how they cope with issues instills a level of hope and inspiration.
  2. Information giving: increasing oneís knowledge and understanding of shared issues is empowering. Knowledge is power and allows members to gradually able help others with similar issues.
  3. Universality: Many people feel isolated and unique in their pain and issues. Group therapy helps members to understand that they are not alone, to feel understood, and similar to others. Universality is a tremendous benefit to all.
  4. Helpful review of family relationships: Many times people feel misunderstood, not heard, alone, with a breakdown in communication within their primary family. Group therapy gives members the chance to correct and change what were once impaired interpersonal relationships by practicing respectful and dignified communication amongst fellow group members. This component of group therapy can have a very powerful and empowering positive influence on each member.
  5. Altruism: The process of helping others in group assists in the development of self-worth and acceptance of self.
  6. Enriched social skills: The directness and appropriateness of membersí behaviours is addressed through feedback from the other members. Although this may be painful, the respect and honesty in which this feedback is offered can assist with positive behavioural changes which can then improve relationships within and outside of group.
  7. Modeling behaviour: Research shows that the psychotherapist has a very powerful effect on the interaction patterns of group members by modeling appropriate behaviours. These behaviours include active listening, non-judgmental feedback, and offering support. Over time, group members begin to incorporate these behaviours which increase positive feedback and enhance self-esteem and emotional growth.
  8. Interactive learning: People need to connect with others. This is an innate characteristic. Group therapy provides an chance for members to improve their interpersonal skills.
  9. Group cohesiveness: Another innate need that people have is to feel accepted. Fitting in with others who have similar experiences as others encourages this feeling of acceptance and value, for some people, this is for the first time. Acceptance can have a tremendous effect on healing emotionally, mentally, and physically when members replace their feelings of isolation and separateness with a sense of belonging.
  10. Release: Emotional learning and understanding can create a release of conscious and unconscious feelings which is a very powerful emotional experience. This form of learning is long lasting and has far reaching effects in a personís life.
  11. Realities of Life: There are many certainties in life in relation to existence such as death, isolation, and freedom. The awareness of these life realities can lead to anxiety. In group therapy, the trust and honesty that is cultivated amongst members facilitates exploration of these issues and can foster acceptance of them.

My areas of expertise include:

  • All trauma related issues including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Grief, including traumatic grief
  • Emotional and psychological abuse
  • Rape recovery
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Feelings Addictions: guilt, anger, rage, and fear
  • Thoughts Addiction: perfectionism, obsessional thinking, rigid thinking, worrying, and repetition.
  • Self-esteem
  • Crisis management
  • Chronic Pain
  • Issues related to concussion (mild brain injury) such as anger, anxiety, and depression.
  • Parenting issues
  • Separation/Divorce (including the impact on children/teens)
  • Family Coach with Collaborative Team Practice
  • Issues specific to people with disabilities