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    Group Therapy at New Moon Psychotherapy

    Research shows that group therapy is as, if not more, beneficial then individual therapy.

    Click below to explore the various groups offered at New Moon Psychotherapy or scroll down to explore commonly asked questions questions and answers about joining a group at New Moon Psychotherapy.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Why should I try a group?

    Joining a group of strangers can sound intimidating and I regularly hear from participants how surprised they were to have enjoyed the group or how rewarding the group process was.

    There is also a lot of research that support group work as being more effective than individual work in many ways. Groups make us feel less alone. It can be so comforting to learn that there are many others struggling with the same challenges that we face.

    By hearing others’ experiences, we gain perspective on our own problems when we hear others speak about theirs. Hearing how others looked at a situation or how they tackled a problem, made a change or delt with a stressor can give us so much more information.

    Not to mention that being in a group and becoming comfortable speaking in a group helps us gain more confidence in our day to day life.

    What can I expect?

    At New Moon Psychotherapy (NMP) before you attend a group you will meet 1:1 with a group facilitator. During this meeting you will discuss the challenges that you’re currently experiencing and explore your goals for group. You will also learn about the psychotherapy group that you’re thinking of joining. This conversation will help you and the therapist determine if the group is a good fit for you.

    Typically, within a week or two of that meeting you will begin group.

    Each group typically has a focus or a topic and there will be some strategies taught to address that topic. You might practice the strategy together or discuss with the group how this might apply to your life and troubleshoot what might get in the way or come up during practice.

    You’ll then have the opportunity to practice the strategies at home between sessions.

    The next week you’ll begin group with a check in about the prior week which will give you a change to discuss any issues that came up when you were using your skills, explore insights that came up, and share successes.

    Typically the first group session will be an introduction and chance to get to know the facilitators and your group members.

    Typicall the last session will be an opportunity to celebrate the progress that you made and say your farewells.

    If you require support between sessions, you will have an option to book individual sessions with the group facilitator for coaching around the skills you are learning/topics we are exploring.

    How large and long are the groups?

    This varies by group but we typically set a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 8-10 participants. We keep this number low so that everyone has an opportunity to share, feels comfortable participating, and gets the most out of this process.

    The length of group varies by group but typically they are between 1-2 hours in length.

    Scroll down to see the various groups we offer and descriptions and durations.

    I don’t like speaking in public, do I have to share?

    Speaking in public can feel intimidating. We try hard to create a safe and welcoming space for you to share and you’ll often find that as the group progresses you’ll become more comfortable with the members and with sharing. You also tend to get more out of the groups when you participate.

    A common goal for folks joining a group is to become more comfortable speaking in a group or in social settings. If that’s one of your goals, we will gently guide you towards reaching that goal BUT we will NEVER force you into something you’re not ready to do. Attending the group regularly and making an effort to practice the things that you learn between sessions is all that we ask of you.

    Is what I say kept confidential?

    We often don’t want to share if there’s a chance that what we say will be shared with others. Confidentiality is important in a group and it can be a bit tricky.

    Group facilitators will maintain your confidentiality within the limits of the law – usually these are about keeping you and others safe but don’t worry we’ll talk more about this in that 1:1 orientation session, so you’ll have all the information that you need before you get started.

    We also require that all group members commit to respecting and protecting each others confidentiality by not sharing any information about other group members or what is said during group to others.

    BECAUSE we can’t control what people do outside of session, we can’t guarantee this BUT we do stress the importance of being respectful of each other’s privacy.

    I’m uncomfortable discussing my problems with others!

    It can be hard to know what to say and how much to trust others when we first meet them. Trust takes time to develop and believe it or not, trust can also develop in a group setting!

    As the weeks go on, we begin to feel closer to the people in our group and as we take risks and slowly increase how much we share we start to trust our group members.

    It can be helpful to keep in mind that groups are small and that the other group members are struggling with similar concerns. Chances are you’re not the only person in the group who is uncomfortable sharing or feeling anxious being there. In fact, my experience is that most group members are anxious about sharing.

    Are we just going to be complaining about our problems?

    Actually, no! The groups are really skills focused. This means that the focus is on teaching you new skills and strategies to move you closer to meeting your goals.

    While there will be opportunities to share your experiences with the skills, there will always be a focus for each group session – kind of like when you go to class there is a topic that the teacher will teach and you can chime in with your experience on that topic. We want you to focus on your power to improve your wellbeing and functioning!

    During your orientation we will talk to you about the group rules around disclosing. Usually, we ask that you don’t talk in detail about your problems or past experiences and focus the discussion more around the skills and how they might fit with your life. The reason we do this is because we want to make sure everyone is comfortable, that no one is triggered, and that we stay on track with the skills that we want you to learn.

    Is there homework?

    If you think back to when you learned to ride a bicycle or something that you now do effortlessly, you’ll probably remember that it took quite a bit of practice to be able to get good at it. We want you to get good at using the skills that you learn at group so we do ask you to spend a few minutes each day between group trying to implement the strategies that you learned.

    That way, if any issues come up you can bring it up at the next group and get some guidance and if no issues came up, then you practiced which makes it more likely that you’ll use the strategy when you need them most.

    I don’t like being on camera – do I have to be!

    We ask that everyone be on camera to mimic a group environment most closely. In a pre-covid world we would be meeting in a group room, likely seated in a circle, and we wouldn’t be able to block our faces from being seen.

    There is SO MUCH information that we get from people’s facial expressions when we speak. Facilitators also rely on people’s faces to know if the group is bored, interested, or agree, or if their joke landed or completely missed the mark!

    It’s also important for group participants to be able to see everyone’s expressions when they speak – when we see people nodding or smiling when we’re speaking it can be validating and lead to feeling accepted. This is one of the greatest purposes of attending group.

    While it can be uncomfortable and it might feel like the spot light is on when we’re on camera, it really makes a difference for the group and helps everyone connect. It’s such a lonely place to speak to a grid of black squares.

    Are your groups offered in-person or online?

    With the constantly changing rules around restrictions, new variants, etc. all of our groups are happening online. This prevents exposure and disruptions relating to the constantly evolving situation.

    There are some benefits to doing this online including feeling more comfortable in your own space, less commute time, and less disruption to your day.

    If you have concerns about an online group, don’t hesitate to reach out to discuss.

    What if it’s just not the right fit for me?

    You don’t want to get stuck in something that isn’t right for you – we totally get that! To prevent this from happening we have that orientation session. Once you start you may experience some worries about not fitting in. If this happens, we want you to express those feelings with the group facilitators. We will work through your concerns and come up with a solution that is best for you at that time

    Questions or concerns? Reach out to us today!

    Take advantage of a free 15-minute consultation to discuss your needs and how we can help

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