Are You Interested In Learning More About Yourself And Your Relationships?
Do you wonder what it takes to develop and maintain healthy relationships in your life?
Do you find yourself repeating unhelpful patterns you don’t know how to change?
Perhaps you struggle to navigate conflict effectively.
Do you find as you care for others, you neglect your own needs?
Perhaps you have anger management issues in your relationships.
Relationships are often perplexing. As much as we all want to be close to others, maintaining healthy intimacy, without losing our sense of self, is no easy task. As a result, many withdraw. Others overcompensate and become entangled in negative cycles. Neither scenarios are satisfying.
It can be difficult to know how to assert healthy boundaries, feel and express anger effectively, navigate social anxiety, and find authentic connection with others. When relationship discord remains unaddressed, it can leave people feeling lonely, frustrated, and overwhelmed.
Maybe you’re drawn to relationships that don’t serve you. You might find yourself getting into romantic partnerships with similar “types.” Perhaps you’re struggling with workplace tensions, even when you’ve changed careers specifically to move to a better work environment. Or, you might continue to have similar friendships that don’t serve you.
This happens to all of us because relationships are the arena in which we learn about ourselves and the world. When things go awry or dissatisfaction continues, it often prompts us to pay attention, identify the problem and attempt to overcome it. However, you may be struggling with one or more items from the previous sentence. If so, you might be frustrated and at a loss. The good news is, in my experience, relationship tensions indicate a prime opportunity for exploration and growth.
We All Struggle To Maintain Healthy Relationships
We are social creatures who are hardwired for connection. Social relationships are actually inextricably interwoven in our brain chemistry. From birth, our survival depends on relationships. From birth until death we seek love and assembly.
If you think about it, we each develop within groups, beginning with our families. We then develop in group environments at school, in our communities, and at work. We live and function in groups. If you’re struggling to navigate conflict, express yourself honestly or feel satisfied with your relationships, group counseling can help.
You have the power to alter the nature of your relationships for the better. Navigating relational struggles can be difficult, but it is well worth the effort. With the right education and techniques, it’s possible to experience more joy and satisfaction in all your relationships, including the one you have with yourself.
Group Therapy Can Help You Navigate And Overcome Relationship Issues
In a safe environment, it’s possible to clarify roadblocks and experience profound growth. With a small group of people who all share the therapeutic goals of change, you can carefully and compassionately explore your interpersonal relationships and work toward improving them.
The group dynamic allows us to model real-world relationship conflicts in a safe space. Therapy can address a variety of issues, including but not limited to, feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety, anger management, setting healthy boundaries, communication techniques and learning to form sacred bonds.
People from all walks of life are welcome in group therapy. Groups in my practice are mixed gender and intergenerational and come with varied concerns and therapy goals. With that being said, all members share the primary goal of learning how to strengthen interpersonal relationships.
As a seasoned therapist with advanced group psychotherapy training from the Center for Group Studies in New York City, I’ve helped many people experience increased satisfaction and joy in their relationships. And, I absolutely love this work. I’m so passionate about group sessions because I’ve seen the tremendous benefits they have. With the right guidance and support in a group setting, it’s possible to heal issues related to mistrust, abandonment, grief and more. Here, you can begin creating the kind of relationships you want.
You may still have questions or concerns about group counseling for relationship issues…
I’m worried about sharing my story with strangers. Is group therapy confidential?
Yes. Everyone in the group signs a confidentiality agreement to keep each other’s identities and information private. Also, you’re not obligated to share anything. In this space, you only share what you are comfortable sharing, and at your own pace. You are never asked to proceed beyond your comfort level.
What if I form friends in my group?
Relationships formed in a therapy group are therapeutic relationships. This means we don’t have intentional contact outside the group. Some people understandably find this frustrating, but it’s a necessary boundary for the success and emotional safety of our therapeutic work.
The purpose of group work is developing satisfying relationships outside of therapy. In order for that to happen, the work must be contained. Think of our sessions as a laboratory where you try out new behaviors, express emotions in new ways, and communicate without fear of how your relationships will be affected.
Why should I consider group therapy instead of or in addition to individual therapy?
For relationship issues specifically, research indicates that group sessions are just as or more beneficial than individual therapy.
Sometimes, people benefit more from individual treatment at first, then transition to group work later on. However, for most, I think group therapy offers more paybacks. In a group setting, you get feedback and support from a variety of folks. And, as a group, you can model relationship difficulties and conflicts in a safe space, so you’re able to walk away with real-world practice, confidence, and tools.
If you’re wondering whether individual or group sessions are right for you, I’m happy to discuss this matter further during your free consultation.
Enjoy More Ease And Satisfaction In Your Relationships
If you would like to learn more about group counseling or schedule an intake session, please call 512-222-6946 for a free 15-minute phone consultation. I’m happy to discuss how group relationship counseling can address your needs.
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