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  • Group Therapy

    Commitment to Change Group 

      • A mixed group of adult men and women focused on:
        • improving interpersonal relationships
        • gaining coping mechanisms
        • building intimacy and social skills
        • support towards developing positive life changes
          • New members can join at any time as long as there are open spots in the group. Please give our office a call for availability.
          • The group will meet once a week for 90-minutes.
          • This group is open-ended, meaning there is no fixed end date.
          • The leader of the group is Marlena Wu, PsyD. She has over a decade of experience in running therapy groups. Dr. Wu has comprehensive clinical experience treating people who experience depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and learning disabilities, as well as other emotional and behavioral problems. Dr. Wu was the head facilitator for the group therapy program at George Mason University’s counseling center.

        Please contact our office staff directly at 301-984-9791, extension 0, for additional information, and how to enroll in this group.

        What is group therapy?

        Group can help patients who suffer from deep feelings of shame, humiliation, loneliness, and/or social anxiety; and is a powerful method for treating these issues – at times more effective than individual therapy. In group therapy, patients with similar symptoms or experiences gather for weekly meetings which can be led by a psychotherapist, psychologist or psychiatrist. Some groups may focus on a particular topic such as substance abuse, or mood disorders. Other groups are more open-ended. As part of the healing opportunity, the group therapy patient explores his or her relationships inside the group to better understand important outside relationships and explore their inner relationship with their self. Doing so can often lead to improved self-esteem.

        Group members will be encouraged (but not forced) to share their own experiences and also give appropriate feedback to others. With the help of a therapist and/or psychiatrist, group members have the opportunity to try new ways of interacting with others. Group members all commit to keeping group interactions confidential so that the group provides a safe and trusting environment.

        How is group therapy helpful?

        By sharing your experiences and listening to the experiences of others, group can benefit you in a number of ways:

        1. Receive support and constructive feedback from several people devoted to helping you. (as opposed to just the therapist)
        1. Realize that you are not alone with your problems. Group members are often surprised to learn that other members are often struggling with similar situations and feelings. Interactions with other group members and the leader can decrease shame, provide a number of perspectives and options for solving interpersonal problems and promote healing.
        2. Learn about how you connect with others to gain self -awareness
        1. Practice new ways of interacting with others in a safe place. You can think of group as a “social laboratory” in which you can experiment with new ways of relating to people. This may improve your interpersonal relationships outside of group with romantic partners, friends, co-workers, parents, children, and others.
        2. Increase interpersonal skills such as conflict resolution, reducing social anxiety, and improve your social skills.
        3. Group therapy can be more cost-effective than individual therapy. Group therapy is offered at a lower price, and longer sessions. Many research studies have also shown that group therapy can be as effective as individual therapy and more even effective with certain conditions.

        What are some common myths about group therapy?

        • I will be forced to talk.
          • This myth is false. You are in control of what you share with the group. The group therapist is aware that every member has different comfort levels with sharing and will never put you in a position that forces you to share something that you are not comfortable with revealing. With that being said, people who benefit most from group tend to participate in group discussion more than those who do not participate. The more you put into the group experience the more you will get out of it.
        • Group therapy will take longer than individual therapy, because there are other members with competing needs to my own.
          • The opposite is actually true. Group often works just as quickly or more quickly than individual therapy. While it may take a little time to experience the power and benefits of group therapy, once trust is established it can be very helpful to hear about the experiences of others and realize how much you have in common with them. Also, as other members share their personal experiences in group you will realize insights that apply to your problems and concerns.
        • Group therapy will take longer than individual therapy, because there are other members with competing needs to my own.
          • The opposite is actually true. Group often works just as quickly or more quickly than individual therapy. While it may take a little time to experience the power and benefits of group therapy, once trust is established it can be very helpful to hear about the experiences of others and realize how much you have in common with them. Also, as other members share their personal experiences in group you will realize insights that apply to your problems and concerns.
        • I am such a shy person, I will never be able to share my feelings with a group of people.
          • It is completely normal to feel nervous about group therapy at the beginning! However, most group members begin to feel more comfortable sharing with one another after a few sessions.  Remember, other group members are often feeling scared just like you are. The development of mutual support often makes sharing easier.

         

        • Group therapy is second-rate therapy and just not as good as individual counseling.

         

        • Many research studies show that group therapy is just as effective as individual therapy. Group therapy can often provide help in ways that individual therapy cannot. For example, you can receive support, insights and understandings from many members at one time, and you can practice new ways of relating during the sessions, and then try them out with your outside love or workplace relationships.

        If you are curious about group therapy, please call 301.984.9791 to set up a free 15-minute phone screening.

     

    Our offices are conveniently accessible from the following communities:

    Maryland (MD):
    Bethesda 20814 - Bethesda 20816 - Bethesda 20817 - Chevy Chase 20815 - Colesville 20904 - Cabin John 20815 - Glen Echo 20812 - Gaithersburg 20855 - Gaithersburg 20877- Gaithersburg 20878 - Gaithersburg 20879 - Garrett Park 20896 - Kensington 20895 - Montgomery Village 20886 - Olney 20830 - Olney 20832 - Potomac 20854 - Potomac 20859 - Rockville 20850 - Rockville 20852 - Rockville 20853 - Silver Spring 20903 - Silver Spring 20905 - Silver Spring 20906 - Silver Spring 20910 - Takoma Park 20912 - Wheaton 20902

    Washington DC:
    Crestwood 20011- North Capitol Hill 20002 - Cathedral Heights 20016 - American University Park 20016 - Columbia Heights 20010 - Mount Pleasant 20010 - Downtown 20036 - Dupont Circle 20009 - Logan Circle 20005- Adams Morgan 20009 - Chevy Chase 20015 - Georgetown 20007 - Cleveland Park 20008 - Foggy Bottom 20037 - Rock Creek Park - Woodley Park 20008 - Tenleytown 20016

    Northern Virginia:
    McLean 22101- McLean 22102 - McLean 22106 - Great Falls 22066 - Arlington 22201 - Arlington 22202 - Arlington 22203 - Arlington 22205 - Falls Church 22041 - Vienna 22181 - Alexandria 22314