Dr. Steiner's Tools for Change

Therapy Groups

  1. About Dr. Steiner's Therapy Groups
  2. ❧ My Approach
  3. Chronic Illness Group
  4. Relationship Group
  5. Article: Healing Power of Groups

WHY GROUP?

Groups, the antidote for isolation, can deepen and enrich individual therapy. Group members dealing with similar challenges grow from sharing their experiences. Members give each other the gift of hope and cheer each other on during the dark times and through the minor and major victories.

There is nothing like witnessing a group member trying new ways of coping with challenges and pushing past issues that have prevented them from having a more satisfying life. Sometimes this involves changing a negative self-image, figuring out whom to trust, and trusting others in the safety of a therapy group. For more information about groups, please see my article, The Healing Power of Groups.

In preparing members to join one of my groups, I use a collaborative approach. Since the goal for each person is to benefit from and add to the group, it is important to clarify what is needed. It is also important to specify what will be difficult and how the leader can help individuals deal with difficulties that may arise in the group. See About Dr. Steiner's Therapy Groups to learn about how I design, screen and prepare members for my groups.

THE VALUE OF GROUP THERAPY

Group therapy can open new doors, make room for greater connection with others and help group members understand what is getting in the way of a more satisfying life.

I believe deeply in the healing power of therapy, self-help groups and professionally led therapy groups. Groups are often referred to as the antidote to isolation. In addition to helping people feel less alone, groups add hope, and allow participants to see what they have to offer others while finding the gift of empathy for themselves and others.

For 28 years I have been fortunate to work with people who want to make changes in their lives through individual, couples and/or group therapy. I encourage clients to discover what they want from their important relationships. Group therapy is a great place for members to practice and learn how to express their needs effectively. This usually increases confidence, self-esteem and satisfaction with life choices. I specialize in work with adults who are dealing with life transition issues, chronic medical illness, as well as personal and professional work relationships.

My approach is heavily influenced by my belief in the importance of loving kindness and compassion, not only for others, but for oneself.

** The New York Times had an interesting article on 'Why Group Therapy Worked':**
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/08/11/why-group-therapy-worked/?smid=fb-nytopinion&smtyp=cur&_r=0

THEORETICAL ORIENTATION

I use a variety of group therapy techniques and approaches, depending on the type and needs of the group. My primary approach is psychodynamic, with control mastery theory, which focuses on individuals' strengths and desires to change old patterns.

I also like to view therapy from a systems perspective. Systems theory encourages us to look at each individual within the context of their history, culture, supports and values. When I first consult with prospective group members, I ask about their experiences in other groups. Often people don't see their family of origin as a group. Yet one's family is usually the first, most important, training group. Families are where we learn both helpful and ineffective ways of dealing with disagreements, conflict, meeting our needs, etc. Group therapy offers a safe place to learn about yourself, and how to communicate more comfortably and effectively.

"Most of the shadows of this life are caused by
standing in one's own sunshine."

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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