Sometimes relationships with kids or parents, friends or co-workers are the issue. We can consult or work with different groups of people to help manage conflicts, shift patterns of interactions, and improve relationships between willing participants. Using a variety of modalities, our goal is to help everyone feel seen, heard, and understood in their process of finding solutions and better ways of connecting.
In group therapy, whether it is a family system or another type of group, the relational group as a whole is the client–rather than any of the individuals alone (even though, by necessity, one of you will be the primary client in our EHR system). Therefore, all members of the group are asked to equally contribute to the process and set goals. As therapists, it is our goal to care for all of you, help you empathize with each other, and care for the relationships between you rather than simply ‘referee’ your conflicts or be the ‘behavior police’.
Different members of the group may be asked to come to sessions at different times depending on the current issues and the best way to solve those issues. We usually discover and get buy in about a course of action that we feel will be successful. This might mean all members attend a session or just a few.
The First Three Steps:
1. Free Consultation
In this 20- 30 minute meeting, we will get a short summary of the difficulties you are currently experiencing, answer any questions you have, and allow you to get a sense of how we work so you can make an informed decision about whether we are a good match for you. Sometimes it takes a few tries to find a therapist that you feel is a good fit for you, so if at any point of the process you feel you need a different option, we will not be offended!
2. Intake Appointment
If you choose to start therapy at Blue Turtles Counseling, this initial meeing is usually an “information gathering” session. This session sets the stage for the rest of the work and future sessions will continue to build on it. We will ask you several questions about your history, your current situation, and your goals for therapy. Sometimes we get all our questions answered and sometimes we don’t, but know that this is an important part of getting “the big picture” of what has led you to seek therapy.
3. Following Sessions:
We usually prefer to start seeing you weekly to get to know you and to get some momentum going in our work. As clients sense they are seeing some progress, and are feeling more settled and less triggered, we can reduce sessions to every other week or other “as needed” scheduling. We think of therapy work in layers. There may be a certain issue or ‘layer” of work you do for a time. When that layer feels resolved, you might decide to pause and return to therapy another time when you are ready to work on the next layer. Or, you may decide to keep attending therapy and work on the next layer immediately. The choice, as always, is yours.
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