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I am forming a new interpersonal process group for psychotherapists starting in mid-January 2020.
Who is this group for:
This group would be a good fit for a therapist who is seeking to learn more deeply about themselves by actively exploring the space between themselves and others. It will utilize the principle that a powerful way for us to understand what is happening to us in our “real” worlds (i.e., what is or is not happening with our partners, our families, our careers and our patients) is to look at what is happening between us in the group therapy room. The explicit contract is to try and bring our authentic selves forward, including over time our multiple vulnerabilities as well as our innumerable strengths.
I think of doing group process work as an on-going experience in which we actively try to explore where we are connected to ourselves as well as where we are disconnected. A way we try to get further in touch within ourselves is by consciously exploring where we feel connected as well as where we feel disconnected to the other members of the group. The members of the group are dedicated to consciously explore the space of the I-Thou relationships they are having or not having with each other. The group members are also actively trying to bring the full range of their experiences, thought and feelings forward with each other.
It is important to note that the group process would continually seek to interweave the “outside” experiences of the therapists (what is happening or not happening in their significant relationships, their work, their families, their health, etc.,) with the “inside” experiences that are occurring within the group.
This group would be a good fit for a therapist who is interested in making a long term commitment (i.e., over several years as compared to a limited encounter over several months). The reason I am interested in doing long term work is that I believe it takes quite a while for some of our deepest issues to arise through our powerful defenses. While many things can be learned at the beginning of a journey, in my experience, it is the shared work that happens over time which leads to the most profound learning. I firmly believe that as we have been hurt by our social relationships, it is by actively seeking to deeply engage in and learn from our on-going social relationships we can be most healed.
Who is eligible for this group:
While in my practice I run process groups for men, this group will be a co-ed group and is open to psychotherapists of all genders and sexualities, creeds and races. It is open to psychotherapists who are at the beginning of their careers as well as those who have been at this for some time, and those who are nearing the end of their careers. It is open to psychotherapists regardless of the model of psychotherapy they have been trained in or prefer to use in their practice. The more diverse the group, the stronger it will be.
What is the difference between this group and a supervision group:
This group will most certainly discuss issues that that the members would bring up in supervision, but in this group we are focusing on the person of the therapist as compared to a supervision group that only focuses on the issues of the patients and the strategies used to help them. The more we can learn about ourselves, the more we can help our patients.
Why I am really interested in doing this group:
For the past 12 years I have been an active member of a national academy, The American Academy of Psychotherapists, which utilizes small process groups to focus on the person of the psychotherapists. And for the past 10 years I have led several long term process groups for clients. In addition, I have the pleasure of leading workshops and process groups for therapists. I believe there is profound need for therapists to deeply engage each other and it is great pleasure to be part of this life transforming process.
When would the group start: Mid-January 2020
How often: The group would meet once a month from 9-12 on a Friday morning.
Where: My office in Durham.
How large would the group be: 6 people.
Costs per group: $150
If this sounds like something that you may be interested in or would like to learn more about please email me. We would then schedule a time to meet individually where we could learn more about each other as well as answer many more questions in depth and you could see if this may be a good fit for you.