Dr. Shafer provides psychotherapy groups for women, and persons in recovery from their addictions. The Psychotherapy Groups provide insight and support outside of/or in addition to family and friends. Here, shift happens with people who have your back. At her office everything that is discussed in group is confidential. Members can share without concern about being judged, talked about, or competing with one another. Each group provides a private, supportive, and comforting community to address and disclose personal issues they feel they may not or cannot discuss elsewhere. In the co-ed addiction recovery group, and in the women's groups, members meet to address issues about trauma, domestic violence, work, mood swings, aging, parenting, trust, legal problems, divorce, new life partner, and being alone.
In the Addiction Recovery Group, members are encouraged to attend 12 step meetings, but it is not required. The members of the co-ed recovery group are all working a program of recovery that they choose and are adhering to a program of abstinence. They meet to address issues related to codependency, what behaviors or actions to take when triggered to refrain from the use drugs and alcohol, engage in disordered eating, gambling, sex and porn addiction, gaming, shopping and Internet addiction.
In all of the groups members have each other's contact information and are encouraged to use the phone and get together if they wish.
Advantages to Group Therapy
The wisdom gained in professionally led psychotherapy groups is to learn to show up, be responsible, develop ways to socialize with others, and how to receive and accept constructive feedback from the other group members. By considering the different shared observations from others, clients experiment and practice the new communication skills they are learning. Furthermore, in the group meeting without fear of being judged, compared to, or competing with, group members learn what to say and when, diverse perspectives on how to say it, setting boundaries, and learning what not to say.
Group therapy assures members they are not alone. Sharing experiences provides the opportunity to receive support and give support to others. The bonding that occurs among group members from hearing different points of view on their situation, is prevalent in the sensing and knowing that others "have got their back." Additionally, group members can copy and try the successful behaviors of others who have been through similar circumstances, learning new ways to respond instead of reacting.