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About Group Counseling

Group counseling is a powerful form of counseling when different individuals are focused on similar issues where they can benefit from addressing the issues together.  It involves people with related concerns who may not be otherwise connected meeting with the counselor for a series of sessions.  Individuals may at times meet with the counselor one-on-one outside of the group setting.  This is especially the case around treatment planning and if something significant comes up that should not be addressed in the group setting.

The focus of the group counseling sessions are addressing the issues that brought you to seek help in finding wholeness - the issues that brought you here in the first place.  Groups are formed when a common need is identified and individuals decide to join the group based upon what the group will be addressing.  You can also expect to address additional related issues that come up through these sessions.

Because there are more than one person involved, it will be important for everyone to have the opportunity to be involved in the sessions.  While individual sessions may seem more focused on one individual, the counselor will ensure that everyone is involved.  Individuals have found that they have been able to get help whether the focus was on them or on someone else.  During the sessions, you will talk with other members of the group and your counselor about the issues, how you react and other related matters.  At times, you may feel that something is not related, but periodically these connections will become apparent.  You will also discuss, and periodically even try, techniques that will be helpful in addressing these situations.  You may be challenged by your counselor or other members of the group.  Regardless, you can expect that the group will make you think and that over the course of sessions that you will be active in different ways.  You can also expect to have things to do or think about between sessions.

Group counseling may be set up to run for a set period of time or be open ended.  The group may also be set up as a closed group (where no one may joint the group midway) or an open group (where new members may join either at any time or when there is an appropriate spot in the group dynamic), depending on the complexity of the issue(s) and the therapeutic approach taken.

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