At Union Square Practice we conduct group therapy for the following issues:
Motivational Enhancement Group
Whether your goal is to lose weight, quit smoking, improve your relationship or change another behavior, this group is designed to help build your motivation by helping you to identify your core beliefs and goals and how they relate to the behavioral changes you would like to meet. You will work with the group leader and other participants to strengthen your commitment to change and to engineer a system in your life to ensure your success.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) Group
The inability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or obtain the amount of sleep your body needs is not only a source of great frustration, but it also impacts your ability to be at your best during the day. Participation in a CBT-I group, such as the one we are offering, is a scientifically supported way to improve your sleep patterns long term. In the cognitive-behavioral therapy group for insomnia (CBT-I), you will learn key ways to change your sleep-related habits. Goals include increasing 1) the quality of your sleep; 2) the amount of time you spend asleep; and, 3) the amount of control you have over your patterns of sleep. In this group you will come to better understand insomnia, identify factors unique to you and your environment that may contribute to insomnia, retrain your brain for better sleep, learn and implement better sleep hygiene, understand the relationship between sleep and stress, and learn how your thoughts about sleep play a role in ongoing sleep problems.
Changing sleep related habits has been shown to be more effective long-term than using sleep medication. In this group you will learn how to regulate your sleep using tools and techniques that you can use at any time, even many years down the road. With consistent, everyday practice, improvements in your sleep can be seen only after four weeks. If you struggle with insomnia and want to take control over this problem in your life, this is the group for you!
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Group for Depression:
This 12-week program aims to build and strengthen skills needed to combat symptoms of depression. These symptoms include sadness, little interest in hobbies or social interaction, difficulty sleeping, frequent fatigue, and/or difficulty concentrating throughout the day. Each session is largely educational and strength-based, as group members will learn how to identify factors that contribute to and maintain their depressive symptoms, learn how to change and adapt behaviors to improve mood, and build upon existing coping skills to better manage symptoms.
When boundaries begin to blur and personal needs are ignored or delayed, one is more likely to experience symptoms of depression. A person might find oneself on either end of the work versus personal life spectrum at different points in his or her career – a person may find himself working overtime and neglecting self-care or having worked overtime to the point of burnout, lacking the energy and interest to get going again. Whether the problem is having no “off switch” or difficulty finding the “on switch,” this group will provide the tools necessary to develop a healthy balance in one’s life.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Group for Anxiety:
This 12-week program aims to build and strengthen skills needed to manage anxiety and stress. This group is specifically tailored for individuals who feel stressed, irritable, or tense, have difficulty reigning in worrisome thoughts, have difficulty focusing, and/or have trouble falling or staying asleep.
Group members will leave having learned how to best minimize anxiety and stress, enjoy periods of relaxation without guilt or anxiety, and be able to wake each day feeling refreshed and excited about what they will accomplish in the day ahead.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Group for Trauma:
This 16-week program is designed to provide coping skills for individuals who have experienced trauma. Following a traumatic experience, one can experience a wide array of symptoms such as: intrusive memories of the event, nightmares, negative emotional and physical reactions when reminded of the event, avoidance of anything that may be a reminder of the event, little interest in previously enjoyed activities, feelings of numbness or difficulty experiencing positive feelings, feelings of distance of being or cut off from other people, a negative view of one’s self, other people, or the world, irritability, tendency to engage in aggressive or risk-taking behaviors, constantly feeling very alert or on guard, difficulty concentrating, and being easily startled. Such symptoms can be quite difficult to manage, and can often be crippling. One may begin to withdraw socially and spend more time alone and at home.
This group is designed to provide education about common symptoms experienced by individuals who have experienced trauma and various techniques to target specific symptoms. For instance, group members will learn relaxation techniques to manage feelings of anxiety or fear, how to cope with grief or loss, how to understand and manage anger, how to remain in the present when feeling intense emotional distress, and how to improve sleep and decrease the likelihood of experiencing nightmares. Group members will also learn other coping skills to manage associated problems that are common in survivors of trauma, such as interpersonal issues and depression. The group provides a safe, supportive environment in which trauma survivors will have an opportunity to connect with others with similar experiences and experiment with new ways of thinking and acting to decrease symptoms and begin to live more comfortable, functional lives.