In small group counseling, individuals or couples talk with other group members about the problems confronting them. Led by trained therapists, the group members discuss and exhibit social behaviors that may be inhibiting their relationships. In the group setting, the interaction between members serves as a kind of lab for behaviors used in the outside world. In this environment, however, the group is encouraged to give honest feedback about the dysfunctional things they see in each other’s actions.
The process of learning can be a painful one, but it is most effectively accomplished when individuals feel supported and cared for and are thus better able to hear feedback. Our counselors encourage honesty and responsibility in the group.
The group environment is a wonderful opportunity to experience others’ understanding and nurturing while trying out new behaviors and examining old ones. Groups are typically conducted on a weekly basis and may continue for a varying length of time.