Deborah Huntley - Licencesed Clinical Psychologist Deborah Huntley - Licencesed Clinical Psychologist
 

Group Therapy

On the road of life do you feel like your tires are flat? Would you like:

   � To feel calmer, less anxious?
   � To be happier?
   � To stop comparing yourself to others?
   � To feel less jealous?
   � To have more fun?


Have you been disappointed in the results of using medication for anxiety or depression?

Do you fell like you are your own worst enemy?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you may be interested in the 10 week structured group that is now available.

What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is a method of helping people to change their feelings and behavior through analyzing and changing their thoughts. CBT has been shown in repeated studies to help people develop more positive attitudes and thinking patterns. It has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety.

This 10 week structured group will utilize the principals of CBT. Each session will be two hours long and the groups will be held on consecutive Saturdays.

Participants will have structured written exercises to complete each week and the participants will process the exercises in group, obtain support for their changes, and learn new ways of managing and directing their feelings. Participants will also support each other in learning new ways to have fun. The group will be limited to eight participants for each ten week cycle.

Is a group better than individual therapy?

One advantage of group is that it is less expensive than individual therapy. Also, many people find that the energy and support from a group of people who have similar challenges helps them to feel less self-conscious, and able to change patterns faster.

Many people, especially in crisis, will benefit more from individual therapy than group. Also, people who are moderately to severely shy will benefit from individual sessions prior to any group participation.

If you are currently in therapy and wonder if this group might help, this needs to be discussed with your therapist so both of you can decide if group would be a helpful addition to your work together. Often, being in a group is a useful next step to maintaining the treatment gains accomplished through the individual work.

Can I be in this group if I've never been in therapy before?

Absolutely.

This group is structured to help people help themselves with these issues.

No prior experience in therapy is required. If you can read English and you are willing to complete some written assignments each week and discuss them, then you can be part of this group.


Upcoming Group Therapy Sessions

First group to start on Saturday, January 6, 2007 and run for consecutive Saturdays.

Meeting Dates: January 6, 13, 20, 27 Feb. 3,10,17,24 March 3, 10

Time: Each group will be from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

Cost: Each group session is $60.00 for a total of $600.00 for the 10 week series. The money must be paid in advance (check, Visa or Master Card).

Anyone interested in group must contact me personally.


Frequently asked Questions about Group Therapy

Q. The brochure says there will be writing and reading assignments. What if I was never any good at English?
A.The writing assignments are simple and for your own discovery. You certainly will not be graded on them in any way. You will decide what you wish to share and in what way.

Q. Will the group be like a psychotherapy group?

A.Not really. The groups are more in the format of "psycho educational." I will present different topics and ideas about how to discover and change the deeply held beliefs and "self-talk" that underlie our opinions about ourselves. Identifying and changing these negative messages that we give ourselves is a powerful method of improving our self-esteem. People who have better self-esteem tend to be more emotionally resilient, make better relationship decisions and find more happiness in their lives.

The sessions are fairly structured. Psychotherapy groups are often quite unstructured with people essentially talking about their problems and then a therapist or other group members providing comment s on that problem. Also psychotherapy groups tend to be open-ended with people participating in a group for one to two years. The group I am offering will only be 10 weeks.

Q. If I have insurance that covers out patient mental health benefits, will that help pay for this group?

A.To receive insurance reimbursement, the therapist has to provide a diagnosis of a "mental disorder". I will not provide such a diagnosis, and will not provide a receipt that can be used for insurance reimbursement.

Q. If I am currently seeing a therapist for individual therapy or am taking prescribed psychotropic medications (anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications), can I still participate?

A.This decision needs to be discussed with your current therapist and/or physician who is prescribing the medication. This group may be a useful addition to the work you are already doing to have a better life. I am available to discuss your goals for yourself with any other health provider involved in your care. If you are seeing a therapist on an individual basis, I would want to coordinate your treatment goals with that person.

Q. What is the easiest way to contact you?

A.The best way to contact me is by phone at my office (941-366-2442). If I am unable to answer, leave me a message and convenient numbers and times for me to call you back.


  Deborah Huntley - Licencesed Clinical Psychologist