Group Therapy for Therapists – Updated FAQ March 2020

Group Therapy for Therapists

Group Therapy for Therapists is continuing!

This closed interpersonal process group opens from time-to-time for new members to join. If you are interested in being on the list to join at the next opportunity, let’s talk about whether it’s for you.

See below for additional information and frequently asked questions.

1. Who is Group Therapy for Therapists for?

This group is for psychotherapists 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 am also currently in group supervision with a certified group psychotherapist, who also has his ABPP in group psychology.

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 on the regular. 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 world.

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
  • Create a new understanding of yourself and your patterns (both intrapersonally and interpersonally)
  • Facilitate insight
  • Be stimulating to our clinical 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 8.

8. How long will sessions last? How long is the commitment?

Each weekly session will be 75 minutes. The group originally started as a 3-month commitment and as we drew closer to that 3-month mark the group explored continuing, as well as opening up to new members. As it stands, the group is likely to be on-going with brief breaks between longer stretches to allow for the transition of some new members to join and some ongoing members to leave.

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 sessions that are not held.

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

Yes. Please see the answer to #8 above.

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. However, despite the anxiety and how short-lived the group was (one session for approximately one hour), 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 though, 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.

 

Group Therapy for Therapists 2020 – May Openings

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

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Karin Lawson

150 S. Pine Island Road Suite 300
Plantation, FL 33324

karin@drkarinlawson.com
954-336-4049