Group Therapy

group2Learn about yourself, receive support and build connections in a dynamic, safe environment with an experienced group leader. Get real-time feedback and develop insight to hone your interpersonal skills. The best part is, you’re not in it alone.

What is Group Therapy?

Group psychotherapy is a highly effective and unique experience in which a small number of individuals meet weekly under the guidance of a professionally trained group therapist to help themselves and one another.

Group therapy can be one of the most compelling forums for self-discovery. Feedback and support from the group can foster a sense of acceptance and reduce feelings of isolation. It can also give you the opportunity to make significant changes in your life by providing a confidential place to share feelings, understand how you’re experienced by others and practice new behaviors.

The Benefits of Group Therapy

Group therapy can benefit almost anyone, including those who wish to:

  • improve frustrating or disappointing relationships
  • enhance social skills and intimacy
  • decrease loneliness or isolation
  • increase self-esteem and confidence
  • reduce social anxiety or worry
  • learn to cope with losses
  • diminish feelings of hopelessness
  • resolve feelings of shame
  • confront and change problematic behavior
  • communicate more effectively

To learn more about how group therapy can benefit you, contact certified group psychotherapist Theresa Bullock Cohen.


If you’re thinking about group therapy and have questions, here is some useful information to get you started.

1. How does group therapy work?
As a certified group therapist, I provide a safe, therapeutic and confidential space for members to give and receive feedback as they learn about their personal patterns. I select individuals (usually 5 to 8 people) who could benefit from the group experience and who can be learning partners for one another. In the group, people are encouraged to talk with each other in a spontaneous and honest fashion.
2. What is a typical session like?
In a typical session, which lasts 75 minutes, members work to express their thoughts, feelings and reactions as freely and honestly as possible. Mutual feedback is encouraged. The focus is on “here and now” interactions as each member relates to other group members and the group therapist. Such exploration gives the group important information needed to understand and help one another.
3. If someone is in a therapy group, do they also need individual therapy?
Every client’s needs are different. Sometimes group therapy is the main therapeutic approach and sometimes it’s used along with individual therapy. Often people find that working simultaneously in both group and individual therapy stimulates growth in complementary ways. If you are currently in individual therapy, I will seek your permission to communicate with your therapist in an effort to coordinate care.
4. How do I know if group therapy is right for me?
It is important to first explore whether or not a certain group will fit your needs. There are many different types of group therapy.  Many of my groups are process—oriented. I offer a free consultation to give you information about it and answer any specific questions you may have. If we agree that my group is appropriate for you, we will then have one or two individual sessions to get to know each other, set goals and prepare for group. These preparatory sessions will be billed at my individual rate.
5. What kind of commitment do I need to make?
My process-oriented therapy group is a weekly, open-ended group where members work at their own pace and leave when their particular goals have been met. I ask that you make a minimum three-month commitment to the group.
6. What does it mean for this group to be “process-oriented”?
Process-oriented groups are where members pay attention to the process of the “here and now” interactions of the group and then share and explore their reactions with one another. The purpose of a process-oriented group is for members to discover more about who they are and how they relate to other people.
7. What does it mean to have a “here and now” focus?
Throughout our lives, we all develop our own style of communicating our needs, connecting with others, expressing our feelings and resolving conflict. Often times these methods are effective, however sometimes our style can be counterproductive, despite our best intentions. Group therapy is based on the concept that people bring their relational styles into the room when they interact with group members and the leader. When we focus on the “here and now”, we slow down the action and pay attention to interactions as they happen, in the moment, so we can learn about why people feel and behave the way they do. A “here and now” focus is less talking about past issues and more reflecting about each person’s thoughts and feelings as they happen in the room.
8. What happens if I need to miss a week?
The expectation is that all members will attend their group every week, however emergencies, vacations, and scheduling conflicts may happen throughout the year. Therefore, each member will not be charged for up to four missed sessions per calendar year.
9. What if I'm uncomfortable talking in a group?
It’s not unusual to feel anxious when first joining a group, but this soon gives way to feelings of safety and trust. Most clients find that group therapy provides a great deal of relief because it allows them a chance to talk with others in a private, confidential setting.
10. What about confidentiality?
Confidentiality is essential in group therapy and all group sessions are confidential. Each member of the group agrees to protect the names and identities of all group members. The importance of confidentiality is reviewed with group members at the first meeting and every time a new member joins.
11. How do I get started?
You can contact me via phone (617-803-1399) or email to set up an appointment for us to discuss group therapy.  In addition to weekly therapy groups, I also run day-long intensive groups for therapists.  Please contact me directly for details.  I look forward to speaking with you!