Why Group Therapy?

At Hamsa Healing Space, we offer a multitude of groups for a wide range of needs. We specialize in several areas that often require adjunct tools, such as group sessions.

“I’m better with one-on-one interactions; I’m really private and have a hard time opening up to others.” This is the most common response I receive from clients when asked to consider joining a group. Most of us prefer individual interactions because we assume that group settings will not allow for the same moments of clarity as achieved in individual appointments. This is inaccurate and further exacerbates the misinformation regarding group experiences. 

Group experiences provide us an opportunity to hear our identical thoughts echoed back to us by others who struggle with similar challenges and painful life experiences. In groups, is the power of belonging, acknowledgment, validation, and removal of stigma. Suddenly, our distorted perceptions that we’ve lived by for decades, are challenged.  

Groups contain an interesting dynamic that individual sessions cannot provide; the undertone of ‘sides’. It’s the facilitator speaking with the attendees. Each ‘side’ comes to the group with a different need and perspective. Both sides have the same goal; to confront the pain that has led them to consider attending group therapy. Group experiences are often encouraged as an addendum to individual therapy or hold the place of a grounding anchor for those who have completed intensive therapy and are ready to transition to a safe landing with another provider in the form of a group space.

Groups offer a unique experience to participants by learning the following skills:

  • self regulation (emotional and impulse)
  • distress tolerance (learning to sit with and embrace emotional discomfort)
  • receive different perspectives while examining internal projections
  • develop insight into internalized negative distortions
  • develop the ability to provide internal validation (as opposed to seeking external approval)

Joining a group often requires individuals to practice a layer of vulnerability that cannot be reached in individual therapy. Group sessions allow individuals to examine themselves and take inventory of their interpersonal needs while working with others to challenge fears and unhelpful projected beliefs.

Some options to consider prior to joining group sessions:

1)    Work with your individual Therapist to develop healthy coping mechanisms in between appointments
2)
   Develop awareness of triggers and warning signs.
3)  
 Establish and maintain a healthy support system.
4)    Read books on the group topic prior to joining.
5)    Complete exercises out of workbooks on the group topic prior to joining.
6)    Notify individuals in your support system of your plan to join support group.
7)    Create support plan with your individual provider.
8)
   Notify group facilitator of your status (length of time) in individual therapy.
9)
  NORMALIZE discomfort, fear, and uncertainty surrounding joining a group!

Of course you are nervous! This is COMPLETELY NORMAL and TO BE EXPECTED!! You are challenging yourself to an opportunity to evolve, grow, develop healthy tools, and express your feelings with others that have shared experiences with you.. I always say to every client: IF YOU FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE, YOU SOUND HUMAN!

This is a private support group for female survivors of sexual trauma. The group is for female adults, ages 25+. This group is designed for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse or/and sexual trauma in adulthood. The process group meets once per week and consists of psychoeducation, development and maintenance of coping skills, identifying boundaries, navigating interpersonal and professional relationships. Group members will learn skills to help advocate for needs and develop self-soothing interventions for continued healing after trauma.

A support group for women seeking a place to make sense of heartbreak and separation. Learn how to reflect and correct chronic fantasizing and glorification and claim YOUR identity. This group is appropriate for females ages 25+ seeking a space for learning, reflection, processing, skill development, and interpersonal growth.

This is a skill-building and support group designed for females, ages 25+ who struggle with impulse control, distress tolerance, and may have a pattern of self-sabotaging behaviors. Participants will develop insight into underlying needs, develop concrete coping mechanisms, and replace self-defeating choices with more empowering choices to support recovery.

This is a support group designed for females ages 30+ who have difficulty setting boundaries and struggle with self worth. Participants will gain insight into how unhealthy childhood attachment styles have resulted in fear of asserting needs within adult relationships. Attendees will learn how to develop boundaries while confronting negative beliefs about the self.

This is a support group designed for females, ages 25+ who have experienced any form of psychological/emotional/mental trauma. Participants will develop insight into symptoms, build concrete coping mechanisms, and expand knowledge of needs and boundaries.

This support group is appropriate for adults ages 21+ who are caregivers and/or family members living with Cognitive Impairments that may require accommodations/support. Members will develop an understanding of the cognitive changes, personal expectations, boundaries, and needs of their loved ones. Attendees will also learn coping tools for managing feelings of confusion, uncertainty, and grief surrounding the changes.

This is a support group designed for females, ages 30+ who have lost a loved one. This virtual group focuses on the process of identifying and accepting emotions after a loss. Participants will learn how to access feelings while shifting expectations of how to grieve losses. Participants can expect to learn how to develop coping skills and lean into vulnerability throughout the grieving process.

This is a support group designed for females, ages 30+ who have survived infidelity betrayal trauma. Participants will develop insight into unmet needs, build concrete coping mechanisms, and expand knowledge of compromises and boundaries.

This is a support group intended for females ages 30+ who are currently in verbally and/or emotionally abusive relationships. Participants will be guided through exploration of factors related to self worth, boundaries, expectations, and attachment styles.

This is a support group designed for men ages 30+ who have struggled with low self worth, patterns of impulse, and lack of secure identity. Participants will be guided through discussions on examination of the unmet needs and unresolved issues that led to past decisions. Men will learn how to create change through developing awareness.

This is a support group designed for men ages 30+ who have struggled with reckless decision making, long standing patterns of self sabotage, and impaired relationships. Participants will be guided through discussions on examination of the unmet needs and unresolved issues that led you to past decisions.