Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. What are the days and times of the groups?

The groups meet on Wednesday mornings from 10:00am to noon, and on Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. You can sign up for either the morning or evening session.

2. How do I sign up?

Simply call me at my office (480) 838-1719 and we can arrange an appointment for an intake interview. It will be at this interview that we can determine whether or not the group is a good fit for you and your particular circumstances. The cost of this interview is $40.00.

3. Do you take insurance?

A number of insurance companies are willing to pay for group therapy. It is best to check ahead of time with your insurance company to see whether or not they will reimburse you. I will give you a receipt that you can file with them.

4. What if nobody has the same problems as I do?

Past experience has shown that even when others in the group do not share aspects of your particular situation, you benefit from the groups attention to your life, others benefit from your experience, and you learn from the experiences of others. Because of the manner in which therapy is conducted, focusing more on identifying internal process than content, you will find that you relate to another’s internal struggle and draw insight or parallels to your own experience.

5. Do I have to make a 12 week commitment?

Yes, unless special previous arrangements have been agreed upon in the intake interview. It takes time for group members to bond and for trust to grow. As a group member you become part of the container that makes it possible for others to do therapeutic work. If your circumstances (work schedule, family obligations) make it difficult for you to commit to attend for 12 weeks, it would be more beneficial for you to pursue individual therapy. The camaraderie and support that develops between individuals is an important part of the group experience.

6. I am shy and afraid to talk in a group. Would I still benefit from a group or should I do individual therapy?

There is no obligation or pressure to share in the group at any time. Most women find that as trust in the group grows so does comfort level and they may eventually feel more comfortable to open up. Most people find that they can relate to and learn from other’s sharing even if they don’t share personally. Group is a microcosm of Life and it may be a safe place for you to explore what holds you back from making intimate connections with other people in your life.

If you are very nervous about this, it would be best to talk with me about your feelings in your intake interview and we can both determine what is best for you.

7. I’m only 23 years old, will I fit in?

Of course, this is a difficult thing to predict, since much of “fitting in” depends on your own personality and the characteristics of the other women in the group. Although the group tends to attract women in their late 30’ through 50’s, there have frequently been 1-2 women in their 20’s in each session. The older women enjoy having a new fresh perspective on live and the younger women have gained from the wisdom and life experience of older women.