Private Practice Success: The Benefits of Group Therapy

Maria Gray, LMFT, NMP

Have you ever thought about starting a group in your practice?

Here are some of the ways group will benefit your clients:

  • When your clients participate in groups they realize that their problems are not unique and that they are not alone.
  • Groups are comprised of members with different levels of recovery. Seeing other people who are coping well provides hope to those who are just beginning the process.
  • Therapy groups are similar to families. Members get to explore the way childhood experiences are impacting their relationships in the present.

Here are some ways group will benefit your practice:

  • Seeing your individual clients interact in a group setting provides insight into the way our clients interact with others in their lives.
  • Sometimes when clients are interested in our groups they decide to see us for individual therapy concurrently.
  • Groups are exciting and dynamic and the experience will provide you with an opportunity to use clinical skills you don’t get to practice with individual clients.

Maria Gray, LMFT, NMP is a board member of the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles. To learn more about group psychotherapy, consider attending GPALA’s upcoming two-day conference with Stuart Aledort, MD, CPG, FAGPA . The conference includes: lecture, demonstration group, and participant driven inquiry. www.gpala.org.