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Therapy Groups
What Is Group Therapy?
A therapeutic group consists of five to eight people (plus a therapist) committing themselves to attend weekly group sessions. Sessions run for an hour and a half. Participants agree to keep everyone's name and personal information confidential outside of group.

What Is The Therapist's Role?
Group therapists are trained in group dynamics and process. The therapist encourages emotional safety in the group by guiding and modeling member interactions, questions, etc. In particular, the therapist emphasizes the cultivation of trust, respect, and compassionate honesty among members. In time participants take larger risks revealing their internal thoughts, feelings, and struggles. Inevitably, however, there are disappointments and conflicts between group members. Problems outside of group get experienced within the group dynamic. These struggles are a helpful part of group therapy and allow the therapist to address painful experiences as they happen.

What Are The Benefits of Group Therapy?
Group members experience emotional support, empathic understanding, and authentic encouragement from one another. Committed attendance is itself therapeutic, as members "show up" for themselves and for others. Individuals increase self-confidence through revealing their interior lives. Group therapy is instrumental in healing all emotional and psychological struggles people experience: depression, anxiety, anger, fear, shame, etc. Participants learn to accept support from others. Members feel less alone in the world through understanding other people's lives. Understanding other people's problems, goals, and solutions helps members clarify their own. Attending group gives purpose to members' lives; we develop a sense of responsibility to the group because our participation impacts other group members. And, we can experiment with different roles and ways of being in group that inform, change, and take root in our lives. Group therapy provides opportunities to transcend our life struggles, as we experience them, in the moment.

Financial Benefits
Fees for group therapy are usually much less than for individual therapy. Often about half the cost. Because fees are lower, insurance payments for group therapy may be more generous, depending upon you plan. Please note, however, that insurance reimbursement always requires a mental health diagnosis, no matter what therapeutic modality is utilized. For more information, please consult with your therapist and insurer. Because of this requirement for a mental health diagnosis, many people decide to pay for group therapy out of pocket due to its reduced cost.

How to Enroll
Please give me a call at 541-808-1813 for more information about my group practice. All potential group participants must meet individually with me for an initial screening interview. The purpose of the interview is to give us both an opportunity to meet face to face, discuss the group in depth, and answer any questions you have. As therapist I have a responsibility to create an environment where all group members have opportunities for personal growth and learning. There are many reasons why one group's dynamics are not a good fit for a particular person. If you are not admitted to your preferred group, I will do my best to suggest another group, either with me or another clinician.

Current and Upcoming Groups

Prosperous Heart- Mondays beginning March 4

This 12-step recovery program for realigning your relationship to money, recognizing that the fiscal bottom  line has little to do with prosperity.

Here is a short interview with the author:
Your books, lectures, and workshops have founded a movement that has enabled millions to realize their creative dreams. How does The Prosperous Heart address the practical side of living a creative life?

When I teach, I consistently find that the most “loaded” topic for my students is money. I wanted to write a book that would give my students the tools to address their money issues directly while maintaining spiritual balance and an active creative life. Creating a life of “enough” is one of the main themes of The Artist’s Way. What does “enough” mean? So much of our mythology around money centers on the illusion that if we had “more,” we would be more comfortable and more able to access our creativity. But creativity and prosperity are spiritual matters, not fiscal ones.

The tools of The Prosperous Heart help people to embrace the life that they actually have, where they often find that they already have “enough.”

In this difficult day and time, what can people do to find prosperity? There are two very practical tools used by my students. The first one is Morning Pages, where they track their dreams, their disappointments, dreams and desires. The second tool is Counting, where they record money in and money out. We often find we are spending money in ways that do not serve us. As we work with these two consciousness-raising tools, we find ourselves spending along the lines of our true values. As a result, we feel we have “more.” We certainly have enough.

Did you set out to create a prosperity plan for yourself?

Yes. I have a personal prosperity plan. I know where my money goes, and how I can spend it more fruitfully. A prosperity plan is something fluid that may alter month to month.

Cinema Therapy

The use of movies for personal growth and healing carries forward a long-standing connection between storytelling and self-reflection that in all probability dates back to the beginnings of spoken language.

Have you ever asked yourself …
… why does a certain film have more impact on us in a specific phase of our lives than in others?
… why do some scenes stick in our memory?
… why do certain movies, characters, or scenes in motion pictures move us more deeply than others?
… what can we learn about ourselves from our responses to films?

The vast majority of movies simply hope to entertain by spinning a good yarn, and even those sometimes end up unintentionally serving as a catalyst for personal insight into the darker side of the soul. When those dark aspects are brought into the light of conscious awareness, true inner freedom is possible. Like no other medium before it, the popular movie presents the potential of a new power for illuminating the depth of human experience.

Even though the movies are outside of ourselves, as we respond to them emotionally, we can see how they reflect our inner world. Through the imagery of films we can discover ourselves because the unconscious communicates its content to our conscious mind mostly in symbolic images.

Movies can speak to us on a variety of psychological and physiological channels; and the effect is synergistic, all of which further elevates cinema’s potential for healing and transformation. Film characters often model strength, courage, and other positive qualities, helping us through life’s difficult times.

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