Different Types of Groups
Groups That I Offer

We are always learning and growing, and connecting with others is what makes us thrive.  It is more fun to learn in a group of like- minded people.  Being part of a group can offer some of the most growth-producing opportunities in life.  Groups offer you a place where you can get to know yourself better and identify problems that are disrupting your life.

  • Traditional process groups are for people who want to receive feedback as to how they relate to others.  Your family-of-origin issues are worked through with people in your group who help you see what you cannot see in yourself. It is a good place to learn about your relational patterns and to be real.  For example, you might discover that you are either too easily controlled or you are often the controlling one in relationships.  Group therapy can give you a place where you can learn new skills and come out of denial regarding a problem you didn’t even know you had.  Knowing how to respect your own needs, while at the same time respecting the needs of others is a difficult skill to learn and requires practice.
  • Support groups are for people who are struggling with a particular issue who join with others who have the same issue in order to gain insight and problem solving skills.  Support groups are about people healing hearts and learning to care about others. These groups offer a safe environment for encouragement and sharing where you can normalize your struggles.  These groups give less feedback and offer more of an environment of acceptance, which allows you space to find some of your own answers.
  • Accountability groups are for people who want a place where people will ask you probing questions each week that will keep you focused on your particular goals.

I believe that relationships are necessary if you want to be happy and that connectedness is foundational for growth.  My groups are supportive in nature, offering like-minded people a place to deal with similar issues in a place of safety and acceptance. 

A support group is a great place to learn about a particular topic and, also a great place to find an accountability partner.   

I create “circles of care” for small groups of 4 to 5 women who are struggling with the same issue.  I attempt to consider which “stage of change” each member is in so that everyone is at about the same level of motivation. (Article on the Six Progressive Stages of Change)  

Typical issues for women are relational, time management, health and weight issues. Being a part of a small support group is a place to process through what is important and what motivates you.  Knowing what your resistances are, and how to gently push past them with the interest and accountability of the group allows for forward movement. Out of these issues come discussions around connecting with yourself, accepting both your strengths and weaknesses and how to have better relationships.

After awhile, the group takes on a personality of its own as each member contributes her own uniqueness. Members come to care about each other in a deep way and provide consistency and strength that only relationships can offer.