Group Therapy

 

 

“MEMBERS OF A COHESIVE GROUP FEEL
WARMTH AND COMFORT IN THE GROUP
AND A SENSE OF BELONGINGNESS;
THEY VALUE THE GROUP AND FEEL IN TURN
THAT THEY ARE VALUED, ACCEPTED, AND
SUPPORTED BY OTHER MEMBERS.”
― IRVIN D. YALOM, THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY

Depending on the nature of your concern, group therapy can be an ideal choice for addressing your concerns and making positive changes in your life. Below you will be able to see what sort of groups are currently available through Center For Mindful Psychotherapy. But first let us explain what group therapy is!

WHAT IS GROUP THERAPY?

Group therapy involves one or more therapists who lead a group of roughly 5 to 15 members. Typically, groups meet for an hour or two on a weekly basis. Some groups meet ongoing and some are for a designated amount of time only. At times, people attend individual therapy in addition to groups, while others participate in groups only.

Many groups are created to focus on a specific problem, such as depression, gender identity, social anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, or grief & loss. Other groups focus more generally on improving social skills, helping people deal with a range of issues such as anger, chronic illness, loneliness, and low self-esteem.

HOW CAN GROUP THERAPY SUPPORT ME?

If you’re longing for a supportive community, group therapy is a great option! Joining a group of strangers may sound overwhelming, but group therapy provides benefits that individual therapy may not. Having others witness your story, and support you through your struggle, can be a uniquely healing experience. Groups can also act as a sounding board, offering insight into challenges from individuals who can relate.

Many people experience mental health difficulties, but few speak openly about them. Oftentimes, you may feel like you are the only one struggling — but you’re not. It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they’re going through, and realize you’re not alone.

Diversity is another important benefit of group therapy. People have different personalities and backgrounds, and therefore look at situations in different ways. By seeing how other people approach their healing journeys and make positive changes, you can discover a whole range of strategies for facing your own concerns.

CURRENT GROUPS OFFERED BY CMP THERAPISTS

Therapists who work with CMP sometimes offer group therapy. Here’s what’s currently offered:

BIPOC* Adult Pay-As-You-Wish Telehealth Group

Black, Indigenous, &/or People Of Color. White-passing & mixed-race BIPOC welcome.

Asian Adult Group 

  • 1 session/week
  • 90-minutes
  • California residents
  • online video-chat
  • pay-what-you-may
  • ages 21+
  • Tuesday 6-7:30 PM
  • 8-10 members, first two weeks accepting members till capacity reached; waitlist thereafter.
  • Centering Asian experiences, pandemic, & re-balancing in community amidst imbalances in society; co-facilitated*

 

BIPOC Adult Group

  • 1 session/week
  • 90-minutes
  • California residents
  • online video-chat
  • pay-what-you-may
  • 8-10 members
  • ages 21+
  • Tuesday 8:30-10 PM
  • first two weeks accepting members till capacity reached; waitlist thereafter.
  • Centering BIPOC experiences, pandemic, & re-balancing in community amidst imbalances in society; co-facilitated**

FOR MORE INFO / TO RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/Signup4Group

GROUP FACILITATORS:

About Will (He/Him):

Will Lipsenthal is a passionate and caring therapist living in the Bay Area (Miwok and Ohlone land). Raised by a Taiwanese mother and a Jewish father, Will is familiar with walking the walk of an individual of multiple cultures. He is passionate about identity and one’s relationship to themself as well as with other’s. By working in a way to increase client’s own awareness, Will has found his therapy practice to feel alive, meaningful, and powerful. He utilizes therapeutic approaches ranging from gestalt, somatic, existential, multi-cultural, and integrative practices. Outside of the therapy room, Will can be found eating spicy food, watching movies or sports, and spending time in the outdoors. Registered Associate MFT #120426 at The Bay Area Gestalt Institute, supervised by Kyle Karen McMahan LMFT #52259

About Christhmus (pronoun at your pleasure):

Christhmus Presence (Chris Chu) is a 3.5-generation Muwekma Ohlone (San Francisco) land-settler, and Chinese-American Queer by Ancestors’ way of Guangdong, China. Pillars that guide them are liberation psychology, narrative psychology, somatic psychology, trauma-informed therapy, spirituality, and expressive arts. Tools held in support of self-resourcing, clarity, and ancestral connectivity include meditation, Tapping, and Brainspotting. They enjoy plants, creative expression, the power of community, and being in water.
Registered Associate MFT #125037 at the Center for Mindful Psychotherapy, supervised by Shawana Booker LCSW #29165

 

About AMJ (they/them/their):

AMJ ASW is a queer, disabled, nonbinary Black femme descendant of Africans who were enslaved in the Southeastern United States and ultimately settled in Low Country/Gullah Geechee/Lower Creek/Yamasee lands (Savannah, GA). They are a “coachy therapist”, focused on helping (QT)BIPOC blend ancestral healing traditions with therapeutic approaches such as Brainspotting, healing-centered (aka trauma-informed) therapy, expressive arts, aromatherapy, and problem-solving. AMJ resides in San Pedro and takes care of self via gardening, music, food, and their adorably snarky doggo named Dilla.

 

 

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