Group therapy is a special form of therapy in which 1 or 2 therapists work with a small group of 6 to 12 people who are struggling with a similar issue. Research has shown that group therapy is at least as effective as individual therapy for people struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, substance use and other addictive behaviors, eating disorders, and borderline personality disorder. Groups provide a supportive, confidential environment that helps group members realize quickly that they are not alone or unique in their struggles. Participating in group therapy offers many benefits such as:
- The opportunity to learn both from active participation and just simply listening.
- You will be able to interact with and listen to people who have successfully worked through a problem.
- A more cost effective way to engage in therapy if you don't have insurance at this time (and possibly even if you do have insurance depending on your plan benefits).
Group participation may be covered by your behavioral health insurance benefits if you meet certain diagnostic criteria. If you do not have behavioral health insurance benefits at this time or you do not meet the diagnostic criteria, the group facilitator will discuss participation fees with you. To participate in one of the groups listed below you first need to schedule a comprehensive intake appointment to complete an assessment and discuss your needs.
All of our groups are offered at several times during the week. Call (732) 477-0862, Ext 101 for the current schedule.
Groups Currently Offered
Relapse Prevention Group
The Relapse Prevention Group is intended for individuals who have completed initial treatment for substance use and other addictive behaviors (inpatient or outpatient) and are motivated and willing to make the lifestyle changes necessary to support their well-being and recovery. Building on the skills and information you learned in treatment we will explore various relapse prevention techniques and ideas such as Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention, Stages of Change, and Motivational Enhancement Therapy. You will have the opportunity to learn about, practice, and choose what works best for you.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group
Download and print out the DBT Skills flyer by selecting this link: DBT Skills Group at HBH Counseling
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidenced based treatment developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan. Combining cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and reality testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindfulness, the DBT skills group provides a supportive environment for individuals to learn and practice the skills necessary to lead a fulfilling life. Research has shown DBT to be effective in reducing suicidal behavior, non-suicidal self-injury, psychiatric hospitalization, treatment dropout, substance use, anger, and depression and improving social and global functioning.
HBH Counseling offers both adult and teen DBT groups. Teens are required to be accompanied by an adult caregiver.
The DBT Skills Group requires that all participants are engaged in weekly individual therapy in addition to the group. Prospective participants need to be referred by their current therapist or be willing to participate in individual therapy at HBH.
Anxiety Management Group
The Anxiety Management Group is designed to provide a comprehensive approach to reducing anxiety in daily life as well as managing ongoing stressors. Participants will be educated about the symptoms of anxiety, causes and contributing factors, as well as the definitions of a variety of anxiety disorders. Behavioral coping skills as well as cognitive restructuring to change unhelpful thoughts will be learned and practiced ongoing. Topics such as relaxation, mindfulness, self-care, assertiveness, time management, health and wellness, self-talk will be explored. Group provides a supportive environment for individuals to learn and practice the skills necessary to lead a calm and productive life.
MADA: Managing Anxiety, Depression, and Anger utilizing Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
What if you could create a new version of yourself? How would you be thinking, feeling and acting differently? How would your life be different if you could think differently about yourself, others, and the world around you? What if you could manage your feelings of depression, anxiety and anger in an effective way? What if you could overcome self-defeating behaviors such as isolation, avoidance, procrastination, aggressive communication, and obsessive overthinking? What if you could begin your transformation today? Would you be interested in learning how? Would you be willing to give it a try?
By learning, developing and utilizing skills from Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, you can learn how to identify the irrational thinking and self-defeating behaviors connected to your feelings of depression, anxiety and anger. Once identified, you can learn in time how to modify these thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and learn how to create healthy rational alternatives towards your problems. Through practice and hard work of these skills, a new way of thinking, feeling, and acting can become the foundation to assist you in reaching your personal goals.
Eating Disorders Aftercare Group
Recovery from an eating disorder can feel isolating and lonely in a culture that is immersed in dieting and exercise fads. The Eating Disorders Aftercare Group is intended for individuals who have completed initial treatment for an eating disorder (inpatient or outpatient) and are motivated to continue building on recovery skills. This group will meet weekly to provide support to one another throughout the recovery process in a safe environment. Group members will have the opportunity to share their personal struggles and triumphs, while relating to the experiences of others in the group. Topics discussed in group may include improving self-worth, maintaining a healthy internal locus of control, adjusting to body changes, developing personal identity, regulating emotions, and managing relationships.
If you are interested in participating in one of our groups please call (732) 477-0862 Extension 101, to ask any questions and schedule an intake appointment. HBH Counseling will be happy to contact your insurance plan about your plan benefits for group therapy. We offer reasonable rates for individuals who do not have insurance at this time.