Frequently asked questions

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  • What is group counseling?

    Group counseling provides a context of support for people who may feel alone in their struggles or would like to hear or share in the perspectives of others. Group counseling is guided by a professional counselor.

    The five most common types are as follows:
    • 1. Support Groups: are designed to help people to cope with significant life changes, such as the loss of a loved one. Support groups are designed to help members to reflect on their personal beliefs and growth while giving and receiving unconditional acceptance.
    • 2. Interpersonal Process Groups: are designed to promote positive change by looking at early life experiences and how they shaped your psyche. It also is free to examine subconscious beliefs and feelings as the foundation of their personality and behaviors. These groups usually focus on a specific topic or condition, such as substance use disorder, anxiety, depression, sexual assault, or sexual abuse.
    • 3. Psychoeducational Groups: focus on educating members about their conditions and providing them with new coping strategies.
    • 4. Skills Development Groups: introduce new skills to members while sharpening or replacing old skills with the overall goal being to help members to strengthen their behavioral and cognitive resources so as to edify their ability to make positive choices while avoiding harmful situations.
    • 5. Cognitive Behavioral Groups: work to restructure a person’s cognitive belief system and thought processes around identifying situations and environments that trigger destructive or unwanted behaviors that can lead to negative or harmful outcomes. This will allow group members to better be able to develop management strategies that support reduced use.
  • What groups do IWTIW offer?

    IWTIW will offer any and all groups depending on the need of the community and the topic being addressed.

  • Should group members also be receiving individual counseling?

    Group counseling at times is best complemented with individual therapy. Of course, that depends upon the individual and the group topic. Although group counseling can serve as the primary and only source of treatment, many people find that working simultaneously in both group and individual counseling stimulates the greatest beneficial growth.

  • What kinds of people participate in groups?

    Group counseling can benefit people from all walks of life. Each group has a particular area of focus, so members can expect to find others going through similar struggles.

  • It is a more affordable alternative to long term one-on-one therapy sessions

    • 1. Groups instill hope.

      • This happens when group members watch other group members recover from similar problems. This gives hope that you will also have positive treatment outcomes.
      • Groups are a place to receive support from and give support to others who are experiencing similar difficulties
    • 2. Groups offer universality.

      • Groups contribute to a two-way transfer of knowledge either by group participation and/or through the observation of others.
      • Group therapy brings people together who have similar experiences. When you see other people experiencing, working through, and recovering from similar issues, it helps you to realize that they are not alone.
      • Hearing the stories of others reminds us that our struggles are not as different as we think.
      • Learning from and with other people can also help us to gain greater insight and a greater understanding of our own thinking, emotional and behavioral patterns.
      • Members are exposed to new behaviors, thoughts, and beliefs that may shift their perspectives to a healthier perspective
      • Groups present a place where people feel that they are not alone
    • 3. Sharing information.

      • Groups contribute to a two-way transfer of knowledge either by group participation and/or through the observation of others.
      • Group members and the group leaders can help each other through the sharing of pertinent information and offering advice.
    • 4. Allows for altruism.

      • Group members can help can support, encourage and reassure one another to improve while building on each’s levels of self-confidence and self-esteem.
      • Groups offer positive support systems
    • 5. Development of social skills.

      • Group members can give and receive constructive feedback that can help everyone to better engage in social interactions outside the group.
    • 6. Imitative behavior or modeling.

      • Groups contribute to a two-way transfer of knowledge either by group participation and/or through the observation of others.
      • Group members may desire to imitate the healthier behaviors they observe in group leaders or other group members.
    • 7. Interpersonal learning.

      • Through feedback and self-observation, group members can gain awareness of their own strengths and limitations of their own interpersonal behaviors.
    • 8. Group cohesiveness

      • Being in a group with a common goal, members can gain a sense of belonging.
    • 9. Catharsis

      • Groups contribute to a two-way transfer of knowledge either by group participation and/or through the observation of others.
      • Sharing feelings, experiences, and pain with a group can help you to release anger and repressed emotions.
  • This is a common experience of many. It is not unusual to feel uneasy or embarrassed when first joining a group, but you will begin to develop interest and trust.

    Just the ability to share in a private, confidential setting with others who are experiencing some of your same challenges and hearing how they managed and overcame those challenges will offer you a great deal of relief.

  • We ask all group members to commit to their healing and to commit to attending all group sessions within the cycle before registering. We also ask members to commit to completing the required readings and exercises. This is so that every group member can both gain the most from the group and their work while fully participating in the group.

  • The cost varies depending on the type of group. Group members are required to pay in advance and missed sessions are not reimbursed.

    Regular attendance impacts the dynamics of the group, so we ask that every member make a serious commitment to attend all group sessions within the cycle of that specific group. Please read and follow all group guidelines and commitments.

    Please keep in mind that these are common fees for counseling groups and are designed to be more affordable than individual therapy. Individual therapy can range as high as $350 for one 50-minute session.

    For some groups, scholarships may be available. Please see the specific group for more information.

  • A refund for the group sessions you are unable to attend will only be reimbursed under exceptional circumstances, such as an unexpected illness or a death in the family.

    There is a $100 withdrawal fee once the group begins, regardless of the number of sessions attended or left to attend.

    All members are asked to register only if they are certain they will be able to participate in the full cycle of the group. This work is important to us and we want it to be important to you. We have put everything aside to be fully invested in your healing and growth. We want you to have that same level of investment and commitment.