Healing and Growth Through Shared Experience
Current Groups at The Juniper Center
Social Gaming Groups for College & High School Students
Social gaming group for students with social anxiety, autism, and/or depression that interferes with socialization.
Group Leader – Andrew Fishman, LCSW
Support Groups For Transgender & Gender Nonconforming Autistic College Students & 22-30 year olds
This group will function as a safe place for transgender & gender nonconforming autistic people to connect and support one another with their shared experiences and help them find a community.
Group Leader – Andrew Fishman, LCSW
Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Groups
A gentle yoga practice that can be done from a chair, the floor or standing up that was developed at Trauma Center in Brookline, MA to help traumatized individuals reconnect to their bodies in a safe and deliberate way. Emphasis is not on achieving the proper form but on the person’s internal experience.
Group Leader – Margaret Berger, LCSW, RYT, TCTSY-F
Evolve is a group offered for 9-12 year olds who are looking for a safe and supportive therapeutic space to navigate the everyday challenges in their lives. The group combines Talk Therapy, Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, Art and Coping Skills in an effort to help participants grow and connect in a safe place.
Group Leader – Lauren Prescott, LCSW
GROW is a group offered to high school girls who are looking for a safe and supportive therapeutic space to navigate the everyday challenges in their lives. The group combines Talk Therapy, Art and Coping Skills in an effort to help participants improve self-image, have open and honest conversations, and focus on topics/issues high school girls face today.
Group Leader – Jess Wenk, LCSW
Support When You Need It
Group therapy provides a safe and judgment-free environment to discuss shared experiences. Group therapy not only encourages participants to develop socialization skills and communication skills, but it can also help develop self-awareness and active listening skills by interacting with people who have experienced similar challenges.
Depending on the nature of your problem, group therapy can help you or your loved one address challenges and concerns to make positive changes in their life. Meeting with individuals going through similar experiences and struggles can work as a support network and sounding board to help you process, understand, and face the challenges impacting your mental health and happiness.
At The Juniper Center, we cultivate a supportive, safe, judgement free space where you can speak freely about problems with other individuals who are facing similar challenges and obstacles.
What is Group Therapy?
Group therapy is a type of psychotherapy where individuals meet in a therapeutic environment, or via secure Teletherapy, to discuss and process a common problem. Group therapy sessions take place under the guidance of a licensed psychologist who facilitates growth and development through conversation, connection, and growth amongst the individuals assembled.
Groups can range in size, and meet once or twice a week (depending on the specific purpose of the group). There are many different applications for group therapy, including grief counseling, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) support, and drug rehabilitation, to name a few. Typically, group therapy is recommended as part of a larger therapeutic strategy to help encourage sharing, bonding, and coping. For example, group therapy often accompanies individual therapy sessions.
How Can Group Therapy Encourage Growth?
The idea behind a group therapy session is that an individual may establish a better connection and understanding with a person who has shared experience (compared to sharing with a friend, family member, or colleague). Oftentimes, it’s helpful for people in the early stages of coping with a particular challenge or event, such as grief, addiction, or an illness, to meet another person who has endured similar experiences. Sharing, engaging, and listening to other people who have faced similar challenges can encourage hope and healing.
The primary goals of group therapy seek to implement the installation of hope, connection and universality, interpersonal learning, positive communication, and active listening, and growth and healing through shared experiences.
Group therapy can prove beneficial for individuals dealing with:
- Anger management
- Eating disorders
- And more
Helping You Live Your Best Life
At The Juniper Center, we understand it takes courage to ask for help, and you don’t have to face your fear alone. Using a combination of techniques at the forefront of neurological science and compassionate care, we empower our clients to live their best lives. Our team of mental health professionals leverages their extensive experience and training to create individualized treatment plans to help our clients reach their professional, personal, and mental health goals.
What matters to you, matters to us. Contact a member of our team to schedule your no-obligation consultation today. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you on your journey.