As a supplement to individual counseling, we also hold daily group therapy sessions at Red Mountain Sedona (RMS). Our offerings include:
• Beginning mindfulness.
• Advanced mindfulness.
• Body image.
• Step study.
• Trauma recovery.
• Relapse prevention.
• Men’s issues.
• Women’s issues.
• Process groups.
Group therapy offers many benefits, such as obtaining social support, gaining a broader perspective, improving social skills, and strengthening one’s recovery. As our clients spend more time together, they create strong bonds and grow closer. People working through difficult emotions can forge powerful relationships quickly, and group therapy provides an opportunity for this to take place. Clients often gain a perspective from their peers that they would not be able to achieve in individual counseling.
In addition, when a client sees peers stepping up and working through an issue, they become motivated to do the same; group sessions can help a complacent client find the energy to buckle down and do some effective personal work. This is also an opportunity to develop social skills in a safe environment because groups can sometimes get uncomfortable, and the participants may have to work through a conflict or disagreement. The group facilitator can act as a mediator, and guide members to a compromise if necessary.
Group therapy also has the potential to decrease the discrepancy between how a client sees his or her self versus how others see them. A primary goal of counseling is to allow the client to discover who they truly are, and each group participant functions as a mirror for the other members.
Over time, clients will naturally gain insight to how they are perceived by others, which allows for a greater sense of authenticity, and deeper insight into other issues they may need to address.
In our program, all group therapy leaders are experienced clinicians with at least master’s-level training (some have doctorate-level training). The group therapy program at Red Mountain features three graduates of Naropa University, widely considered the most advanced training program in the nation for mindfulness-based group therapy.
A Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) oversees Red Mountain’s group therapy program. The CGP certification denotes advanced training and demonstrated excellence in the field of group psychotherapy. It is awarded after many years of post-graduate training by the International Registry of Group Psychotherapists, an affiliate of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.
Through group therapy at Red Mountain, clients learn to:
• Resolve conflicts effectively,
• Develop interpersonal skills that help them at work and at home,
• Ask for what they need from others,
• Enjoy being of service, and
• Identify feelings in the moment (which allows them to address emotional needs before they “boil over” or become depressed).
Our approach allows for practical, real-time feedback, which helps our clients to become “unstuck” and move forward in life.