Information Regarding Group Therapy

This information sheet is intended for people who are about to begin Group Therapy, or who are considering it as a possible treatment. It is useful when starting Group therapy to have some general ideas about how groups help people and hot get the most out of the experience. Group therapy is different from individual therapy because many of the helpful events take place between the members and not just between the leader and the members. That is one reason why it is important that all of the members have a general introduction before beginning. Please read this material carefully and feel free to discuss any part of it with your group leader. The issues raised in this handout are also useful to talk about during the first few sessions in the group. Information Regarding Group Therapy
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Feeling Excluded Feels Like a Broken Arm

The pain of social rejection. In her recent article Kirsten Weir summarizes recent studies where researchers have found that when social rejection is monitored by brain scans, it is experienced by the brain like physical pain. Others have found that feeling excluded hurts even when the researchers have tried to soften the impact by having research participants snubbed by those they don’t respect, or by receiving money for being rejected. Kirsten Weir reminds us that we’re social beings and that this has been important for our survival throughout our evolutionary history. Article - Excluded

You Don’t Have to Be Right, You Just Have to Care

In a recent study, Dr. Shiri Cohen and her colleagues looked at empathy in 156 heterosexual couples in committed relationships. The researchers wanted to know what would be more important to relationship satisfaction: empathic accuracy (each person’s ability to correctly identify the other’s emotion) or perceived empathic effort (each person’s perception that the other person is trying to understand). The couples were videotaped in the lab while discussing a recent upsetting event. The researchers found that perceived empathic effort was more strongly linked to relationship satisfaction than empathic accuracy. .Article - Correct or Care
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Reducing Relationship Disappointment

Dr. Diane Felmlee has written a number of articles on “fatal attraction”: what you initially found attractive in your romantic partner becomes over time the same quality you find unbearable, leading to the end of the relationship. Article - Reducing Relationship Disappointment

How Does Group Therapy Work?

Often, interpersonal difficulties occur because of misunderstandings and misperceptions. Being able to comment on events as they occur to provide current feedback as well as clarification encourages interpersonal communication that is assertive and emotionally intimate. Each of Dr. Yalom’s interventions keeps the group focused on the immediacy of the interactions between members. .Article - How Does Group Therapy Work
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Tips to Reduce Anxiety

Bourne (2005) describes anxiety this way: "Anxiety affects your whole being. It is a physiological, behavioral, and psychological reaction all at once. On a physiological level, anxiety may include bodily reactions such as rapid heartbeat, muscle tension, queasiness, dry mouth, or sweating. On a behavioral level, it can sabotage your ability to act, express yourself, or deal with everyday situations. Psychologically, anxiety is a subjective state of apprehension and uneasiness. In its most extreme form, it can cause you to feel detached from yourself and even fearful of dying or going crazy." Article - Tips to reduce anxiety
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Good Grief! Is Grief a Mental Disorder?

The American Psychiatric Association published its latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (the DSM‐5) in 2013 which outlines commonly used criteria to diagnose mental disorders. One of the concerns is that grief will be misdiagnosed as a mental disorder. Article - Grief
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Tips to Improve Your Relationship

When couples come to see me for therapy, it can feel like two porcupines trying to mate. I can see the strong caring partners have for each other, but also how they inadvertently hurt each other as they’re trying to protect themselves from being hurt. If you struggle this way, you may question yourself or the relationship. You may wonder why your attempts to address the issues lead to the same outcome. Article - Tips to Improve your Relationshp
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Changing Relationship Patterns

Often, when people seek therapy, they want help with anxiety, depression, stress, and/or anger. However, these feelings have typically originated in interpersonal situations and/or are maintained in relationships. Old and familiar approaches to try to solve the problem (e.g., to protect oneself from rejection or abandonment) now seem to result in making things worse. The solution has become the problem. How does this come about? What can be done to fix this? Article - Changing Relationship Patterns

Burnout, Antidotes and Self-Care

What is Burnout? “A chronic state of being out of sync with your job.” Emotional exhaustion: feeling overwhelmed, stressed & exhausted Cynicism: everything is a burden or chore, doing the minimum Inefficacy: lost confidence, feeling ineffective, lower self-esteem Article - Burnout  
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