FAQs About Group Therapy for Therapists

Group Therapy for Therapists

Group Therapy for Therapists Updated August 3, 2020!

This will be a closed interpersonal process group.

See below for additional information and frequently asked questions.

1. Who is Group Therapy for Therapists for?

This group is for therapists who want to intensify and deepen their therapeutic work, by exploring their personal work. It’s for therapists who may feel anxiety about being a part of a therapy group, but are willing to feel the anxiety and participate anyway. It’s for therapists who are willing to be vulnerable with their peers in an effort to gain more insight and satisfaction both personally and professionally. When we grow personally, we grow professionally.

2. Has Dr. Karin Lawson facilitated groups before? Is she qualified?

I have facilitated hundreds of group hours. A large part of my training and early career experience was facilitating groups in residential treatment centers and a college counseling center. My group experience has ranged everywhere from mindfulness meditation groups, eating disorder process groups and yoga for stress reduction groups to DBT groups, multi-family groups and interpersonal process groups. I have also experienced being a group member of a group.

3. What is an interpersonal process group?

Interpersonal process therapy groups are unstructured groups. That means, as a facilitator I do not come in with an agenda, topic or activity.  The exception to this structure is the first group in which I will facilitate an exercise to get the group warmed up. Sessions are not topical in nature, but rather group members work on two objectives (1) to pay attention to thoughts, feelings, and reactions as they occur moment-to-moment during group and (2) to disclose and discuss what they notice as they’re paying attention to their internal and interpersonal world of the group.

Easy enough, right? It seems simplistic, but is often challenging. How much space do we create for ourselves to practice this, much less share it in an intentional way? It’s an experience of slowing down and articulating our thoughts and emotions to others. Consider this a “behind the scenes” opportunity, which peeks into the makeup of our daily reactions and interactions.

4. Why is this group going to be an interpersonal process group?

Because it can . .

  • Increase awareness of emotions (and the complexity of emotions)
  • Improve relationships and communication
  • Create a new understanding of yourself and your patterns (both internally and interpersonally)
  • Facilitate insight
  • Be stimulating to our work

5. How are you going to navigate it, if two group members know each other or know you?

We’re going to talk about it, both individually if it’s known ahead of the group starting, and we’ll talk about it in group. My opinion is that anything and everything is “grist for the mill” and as long as group members commit to honesty and openness, these things can be used for a meaningful experience. As challenging as it can be to be in the same field, the group will likely work through similar dynamics that rural community groups have to work through . . . namely, how do I be vulnerable with people who I know?

6. What if I join group and want to quit?

I ask you to bring the desire and/or reason for leaving group to group.

7. What’s the minimum and maximum number of group members?

The minimum number of group members will be 5 and the maximum will be 9.

8. How long will sessions last?

Each weekly session will be 90 minutes. The group will start with the intention of being a 10 week commitment and group members will have the option to continue or discontinue.

9. Please explain the payment structure for group.

Group is $65 per session. Payment is due at the beginning of the month for the entire month. If you have to miss a group, even if you know about it ahead of time, you still pay for the full month. Think of it like an emotional gym membership. Regardless of how many times you go to your gym, your payment is holding your membership open.

10. What about holidays?

If our group falls within a holiday or holiday weekend, we will discuss as a group what the members would like to do. Payment will not be expected for group sessions that are not held.

11. Will new members ever be allowed into the group?

If the number of members drops below 5, the group we will discuss opening up for potential new members. Also, after the 10 week mark, the group may be open to new members, depending on whether there is space available.

12. Why did you decide to do Group Therapy for Therapists?

This group was born from a 2019 experience I had at a group therapy conference, where I was a member of an interpersonal process group. It was anxiety provoking to sit with peers in the field for group therapy while also being observed. However, despite the anxiety and how short-lived the group was, I found it invigorating. It challenged me to reflect on my internal experience within a group setting, including my reactions to others’ stories, ways I identified with others, how I wanted to care take of the group and also wanted to sit back and not be responsible. Ultimately, it was fascinating and refreshing! It energized me to go deeper with my clients, to be more self-aware and ultimately to create that opportunity for other therapists. I continue to engage in regular group consultation and participate in group work myself.

Group Therapy for Therapists In Florida – September 2020

Interested? Curious? Unsure? Call me and let’s chat to see if “Group Therapy for Therapists” is a fit for you.

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Karin Lawson

2312 Wilton Drive, Suite 22
Wilton Manors, FL 33305