Group therapy can be a complementary or independent treatment modality. At Collaborative, we utilize group therapy to foster multiple perspectives by using other member’s minds through explicit communication.
Attending group therapy can be intimidating if you have not experienced group therapy before. Our philosophy is that group therapy can be utilized as a training group to promote healthier relationships outside of the therapy group. We encourage members to seek individual therapy if attending a group, though this is not mandatory.
Most Collaborative groups are open-ended and do not have a specific start or end date (unless otherwise specified). Our groups are rooted in interpersonal communication between members and providers. Therefore, when a new member is looking to join a group, the current group members will discuss their thoughts and feelings towards welcoming a new member. Our providers believe that this is the member’s group, and their emotions are the primary focus.
Before enrolling in a group, we ask that the prospective member meets with one of the group providers to evaluate the suitability for group therapy, gather initial information, and create a sense of comfort when entering the group for the first time.
We offer a variety of group therapy options dedicated to different topics of interest.
Two therapists host each group to detect and support various dynamic changes during each session.
Mentalization-Based Treatment for Adolescents
This group focuses on the mental processes that occur from various emotional states regarding others and the self. We explore the depressive, anxiety, overwhelming, and other feelings that disrupt our ability to interact with our own and others’ thoughts and feelings. This process allows for the growth in personal identity, family dynamics, school achievement, peer connections, and more. We encourage a flexible yet firm approach to understand our minds through various expressive techniques, both verbal and playful.
Mentalization-Based Treatment for Adults
Through our interactions with others, we experience different interpersonal connections, which can be harmful or positive. Varied emotional states can disrupt mental processing and create potential for misinterpreting information. These miscommunications hinder our ability to maintain relationships, foster deeper connections, and limit our identity and growth. We utilize group dynamics to explicitly discuss our emotional and cognitive processes, allowing the group members to take a curious stance to understand encounters flexibly.
LGBTQIA+ and Sex Positive
The LGBTQIA+ and sex positive community suffer from various intended and unintended aggression from others. These experiences hinder our ability to foster a healthy sense of self, confidence, independence, and experiences to sustain healthy relationships. In this group, we focus on the LGBTQIA+ and sex positive community’s specific issues while incorporating the unique interpersonal dynamics that occur during social, romantic, and sexual interactions.
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