Group Therapy

Group PsychotherapyGroup therapy is a behavioral treatment approach that, as the name suggests, promotes mental health and wellness within a group setting. Participants not only benefit from working with a healthcare professional who leads the group, but also rely on other group members for support and guidance. Group members learn from one another, and group therapy is based on acceptance of diverse experiences and perspectives of emotional and behavioral problems.

Dr. Fisher’s groups vary in size, but often will range from 5 to 10 participants. Groups can be closed or open. Closed groups do not allow new members to join after the initial start date, while open groups allow new members at any point. Some group therapies have a specific number of sessions with a definitive end date (structured), while others are open-ended with no specific end. Another benefit of group therapy is that the cost per participant is greatly reduced since therapy is administered in this group format. In fact, Dr. Fisher’s goal is offer group therapy for about the price of a typical insurance co-pay (no insurance needed or accepted). The hope is that this will allow even those who do not have insurance to receive doctoral-level psychological care at affordable price. When a new group therapy is announced, these important factors will be detailed.

What Type Of Group Therapy Approaches Are Used?
Dr. Fisher typically utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach to group therapy. CBT is one the most heavily researched therapies in the past several decades, and CBT has been shown to be highly effective for a variety of psychological disorders. Research has demonstrated again and again that group therapy is often as effective as individual therapy for many psychological conditions. Other group behavioral treatment approaches include a Solution Focused Group Therapy and Supportive Group Therapy. In addition, evidence-based guidelines are utilized whenever possible and available.

Who Can Benefit From Group Therapy?
Many people can benefit from group therapy. However, group therapy is not right for everyone. Thus, Dr. Fisher typically conducts a brief phone interview with the potential participant to help determine if a group format best serves their mental health needs.

Upcoming Group Therapy Meetings

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