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Group Therapy

Group Therapy

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At Pathways Counseling Services, our counselors work with several people at the same time in a group setting. Group therapy is sometimes used alone, but it is also commonly integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan that also includes individual therapy. Group therapy can be very effective, especially in treating depression and traumatic stress.

Counseling in a group setting gives members an opportunity to increase understanding, learn more about the ways they interact, and provides a safe space to try new ways of communicating with others. The content of the group sessions are confidential and members agree not to identify other members or their concerns outside of the group.

Members also benefit from group therapy by listening carefully to others and realizing that they are not alone in their struggles. In the group environment, others can serve as mirrors that reflect the characteristics that one may wish to change or eliminate.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact us.

FAQs About Group Therapy in Scottsdale, AZ

Q: What is group therapy?

A: Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves working with more than one person at the same time. A therapist leads the group and facilitates discussion among the members. Group therapy provides support, insight, and feedback from others facing similar issues.

Q: What are the benefits of group therapy?

A: Benefits of group therapy include realizing you’re not alone, gaining new perspectives from other members, learning from others’ experiences, feeling supported and understood, practicing interpersonal skills, and building self-confidence through giving and receiving feedback.

Q: What types of issues can group therapy help with?

A: Group therapy can help with a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, grief, major life transitions, relationship problems, trauma, and more. The shared experiences in group therapy are beneficial for a wide range of mental health conditions.

Q: Should I do group therapy or individual therapy?

A: Many people benefit from participating in both group therapy and individual therapy. The combination provides support on multiple levels. Discuss your specific needs and treatment goals with a therapist to determine if group, individual, or both would be most helpful.

Q: Is what I say in group confidential?

A: Yes, everything said in group therapy is confidential. All members agree to keep discussions private and not repeat what others share outside the group. Therapists are also bound by confidentiality.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I make an appointment?

You may do this in three ways.
You can book online anytime
Call us at 480-613-8530
Complete this contact form.

Do you offer a free consultation?

Yes, we offer a free 15-minute telephone consultation. Please call us at 480-613-8530 to schedule a consultation or complete this contact form.

Do you accept any insurance?

Our practice is a fee-for-service practice which means we do not accept insurance. If you have an insurance provider with behavioral health coverage, they may offer out-of-network coverage. If you would like to use your out-of-network benefits, we will provide you with a superbill (receipt) that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

What should I expect when I come for my sessions?

Prior to your first session, you will fill out some general information. We will you a link to complete the form(s) prior to your first session.
During the initial appointment, we will review some of your histories and we will have an opportunity to discuss the reasons you are interested in counseling and the goals you are looking to achieve from counseling.
Together during the first few sessions we will put together a treatment plan with you.

How soon should I see results from the counseling sessions?

Most patients come in for weekly appointments. As you are feeling better, you can cut back on the frequency of the sessions so you have more time to practice what you are learning.

Initial sessions are 75 minutes ongoing sessions may be 45-75 minutes or longer depending on need.

Patients who work with us report improvements in a few sessions. More difficult issues may take longer. People come to therapy for different reasons but universally people don’t initiate counseling unless they are in some type of emotional pain. Our attitude is to try to make every session count.

What kind of patients do you see?

We welcome couples, children, adolescents, teens, and individuals of diverse backgrounds, cultures, religious traditions, and lifestyles.

We will be able to work with you using a variety of tools and techniques and specialize in a variety of issues and concerns.

Is what I say confidential?

All client-therapist conversations are private and confidential. In those rare exceptions when the safety of a client or other is at risk disclosure of confidential client-therapist information takes place.