Throughout the year, Grateful Heart Therapists hold various styles of therapy groups and workshops. Check back here to discover our current offerings. Curious about how group therapy could be helpful? Here’s what the American Psychological Society (APA) has to say about the benefits of working in a group.
You’re Not Alone …“Joining a group of strangers may sound intimidating at first, but group therapy provides benefits that individual therapy may not. Psychologists say, in fact, that group members are almost always surprised by how rewarding the group experience can be.
Groups can act as a support network and a sounding board. Other members of the group often help you come up with specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge, and hold you accountable along the way.
Regularly talking and listening to others also helps you put your own problems in perspective. Many people experience mental health difficulties, but few speak openly about them to people they don’t know well. Oftentimes, you may feel like you are the only one struggling — but you’re not. It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they’re going through, and realize you’re not alone.”
Diversity is another important benefit of group therapy. People have different personalities and backgrounds, and they look at situations in different ways. By seeing how other people tackle problems and make positive changes, you can discover a whole range of strategies for facing your own concerns.”
We are currently offering the following groups:
GROUP 1: Time and location to be determined based on interest
Chronic Illness Support Group
Facilitated by Eric Young, Registered Associate Marriage Family Therapist, AMFT 107345
GROUP DESCRIPTION: Are you living with a chronic illness? Are you overwhelmed by the daily challenge and stress of managing both your life and your health? Do you wish others would understand just how much living with a chronic health condition impacts your life? If you are struggling with the stresses of living with a chronic illness, please join Eric Young, Associate Marriage Family Therapist, for our Chronic Illness Support Group, offered through the auspices of Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center in North Oakland. Eric has personal experience living with a chronic illness and is passionate about supporting other who lives are also impacted by their health. This group will benefit you if you are living with a chronic illness and want or need more support to meet the unique challenges of living with a chronic illness. The group will include a combination of therapist-facilitated activities and peer and therapeutic support. This group is offered at a rate of $50 per 90 minute session with some sliding scale availability to accommodate individuals with financial limitations. To explore your interest in the group, please contact Eric at Ericyoungtherapy@gmail.com or call 415-484-6244.
GROUP 2: Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, Ongoing, Nob Hill
In Real Life (IRL) Men’s Group
Facilitated by J. Brian Thompson, Registered Associate Marriage Family Therapist, AMFT 99105 and Troy Piwowarski, LMFT
GROUP DESCRIPTION: Are you struggling with relationships? Frustrated with the world of dating? Feeling isolated? If so, consider joining us for IRL! Troy Piwowarski, LMFT, J. Brian Thompson, an Associate Marriage Family Therapist, practicing under the auspices of Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center, will be offering a men’s therapy group on Wednesday nights in San Francisco called IRL Men (Men In Real Life). Troy and Brian have personally and professionally experienced the unique power of working in groups, and have noticed a great need for places that support the emotional development of men in our present-day cultural climate. The group will benefit men wanting to improve their communication skills, strengthen their relationships, and work through shame, anger, loneliness, or fears that keep them from thriving in their lives. Anyone who identifies as a man in need of a safe place to explore their concerns in the context of a group is welcome to apply to join us. Our primary focus will be navigating the ever-perplexing realm of relationships. We offer a combination of didactic training in relational skills, experiential practice, and exploration of identity. We offer this group at $70 per 90 minute session from 7:00 – 8:30 PM on Wednesday evenings in Nob Hill in San Francisco, with sliding scale availability to accommodate individuals with financial limitations. To explore your interest in the group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and or visit my website at jbrianthompson.com
GROUP 3: Mondays, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, September 30 – November 18, South Berkeley
Therapy Group for Adults Who Have A Parent With Borderline Personality Disorder
Facilitated by Pamela Rosin, Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT 100776
GROUP DESCRIPTION: Growing up with a parent with BPD can be both difficult and isolating.
Many children of parents with BPD never experienced the emotional stability, security, and support they needed. This group may be especially helpful if you:
- Want to explore and understand the impact of growing up with a parent with BPD
- Are drawn to persons with histories of trauma or emotional dysregulation
- Find yourself trying to accommodate others, even when it is not in your best interest
- Have difficulty trusting yourself and others
- Are confused about the validity of your needs
- Have difficulty maintaining your personal boundaries
- Feel uncomfortable in your body
This eight-week group will incorporate mindfulness and interpersonal sharing, as well as other therapeutic practices that support recovery from trauma. Participants will receive mirroring, support, and opportunities for integration and connection. Healing is a long and complex process. Group therapy can dissolve the isolation experienced in childhood. Come be in our circle.
Cost is $500 plus a $50 registration fee, waived if you register by August 20. Payment plans and some sliding scale slots available to accommodate individuals with financial limitations. Individual intake with Pamela is required before joining the group. To explore your interest in the group, please contact Pamela and or visit Pamela’s website at awakeningpresence.com