Groups

Men’s Sexual Health Therapy Group

The men’s sexual health group is for adult men who wish to change or maintain a change in a compulsive sexual behavior. It is for men with “sexual sobriety” or those working toward sobriety, and for those who would like support in their efforts. The group operates with strict confidentiality. The group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. The cost is $90 per month.

Physicians Support Group

This group is for health professionals and is by referral only.  Please call for further information.

 

About Group Therapy

What is group therapy?

Group therapy at Individual, Marriage, and Family Enrichment consists of anywhere between 3 and 8 people meeting with a therapist to interact together and discuss what issues they are struggling with. Group participants actively listen and respond to each other, ask for feedback, and provide support to one another. As a participant, these group interactions and the guidance of the group facilitator can help you

  • increase your understanding of how you act with others
  • reflect on how your behavior impacts others
  • try out new ways of being with others
  • learn more about the ways others interact

Confidentiality is a primary value of the groups. All participants agree not to discuss other participants or their concerns with anyone outside the group.

How does group therapy work?

As you actively and freely participate in a group, you will very likely create with the other group members the same patterns of interacting that have resulted in difficulties outside of group. For example, if you tend to act defensively with others in your life, you will probably enact the same defensiveness at some point in group. What makes the group therapy environment unique is that it provides a safe space to try out alternative, more flexible and satisfying ways of relating to yourself and others. Group is a place where you don’t have to feel “different” for struggling in your relationships. It is helpful and encouraging to talk with others who have similar difficulties and have taken a bold step toward greater health and flexibility.

What do I talk about in group therapy?

Most individuals thinking about joining a group may be anxious about starting. This anxiety is completely normal, and it tells you that relationships are something you value! There is no set program in group, and the way to participate perfectly is by talking about what most concerns you in your life right now. Actively working in group might look like asking for feedback about something you say or do that seems to get in the way, if feedback is what you need. Or it might look like requesting understanding and support from the group as you discuss a current struggle.

One of the benefits of group participation is the opportunity to safely practice telling others what you want and expect of them. “Acting out” feelings rather than talking them out (self-disclosure) can be a prime reason why people experience difficulties in relationships. In group, self-disclosures that relate directly to your present concerns will be the most useful for you. How much you talk about yourself will always be your decision, depending on your own comfort level and how much you are committed to change in a given area. If you have questions about what might or might not be helpful, you can always ask the group.

 

How to get started

It can be difficult to find and join a therapy group in Columbia, Missouri. To get started with one of our groups, you need only call or email us. Before you join a group, we will meet for a brief, 20-minute consultation at our offices (at 601 W. Nifong Blvd 1E ) to determine if group is the right fit for you. This meeting also allows time for filling out any necessary paperwork.