Group therapy can be fun and interactive while also promoting improved emotional well-being.
Participating in group therapy can give you the opportunity to gain greater self-awareness, explore and develop personal goals, understand others and improve interpersonal communication, and assess your values in an atmosphere of sharing and listening.
You are not alone. Being in a group allows you to discover that you are not the only one having similar thoughts and feelings, and that you likely share some common ground with others. A group can also offer more viewpoints and resources regarding your concerns.
In addition to the supportive benefits of group therapy, Dr. Garcia-Bravo offers a psychoeducational component to each group to help you learn new coping skills and useful tools to improve your sense of well-being.
Please Note: We will develop a group upon request once we get 6-8 people who are interested.
• Coping & Adjustment after Brain Injury
This group will focus on providing emotional support and psychoeducational resources to individuals with an acquired brain injury. Participants will learn coping skills for managing emotions after brain injury (such as depression, anxiety, irritability), strategies for improving communication and relationships, mindfulness and relaxation techniques, exploration of values and life direction, stress management, self-esteem, ways for improving sleep, and addressing feelings of loneliness, change and loss. Group members will be able to provide and receive support in a safe, nonjudgmental environment.
• Bariatric Post-Surgery Group
The goal of this group is to provide emotional support and cover a variety of topics aimed at increasing success after weight loss surgery. Participants will learn healthy coping strategies, mindfulness techniques (mindful eating), increasing self-confidence and improving self-image, managing conflict and improving relationships, managing intense emotions (such as depression, anxiety, irritability), stress management, as well as address adjustment issues and feelings of change and loss. Group members will be able to provide and receive support from others in a safe, nonjudgmental environment.
• Moms Self-Care Group
This group is intended to provide emotional support and useful tools for moms and new moms. We will discuss a variety of topics including self-care, ways of gaining lifestyle balance, learning relaxation skills (through mindfulness and meditation), ways of improving communication at home/work, balancing multiple roles, self-esteem and self-acceptance, isolation and feelings of loneliness, managing emotions (such as anxiety, depression, irritability), increasing your sense of connection with friends and family. Participants will be able to share their experiences with other moms in a safe, nonjudgmental environment, which can be a great source of social support.
• Caregiver Self-Care Group
This group is for individuals who provide care to a loved one who is ill, disabled, or aging. Topics covered in this group include ways of improving self-care, gaining lifestyle balance, learning effective coping skills for managing emotions (such as grief, anxiety, depression, or frustration), coping with loneliness or isolation, learning relaxation strategies (through mindfulness and meditation), and developing self-compassion. Group members will be able to provide and receive support in a safe, nonjudgmental environment.
• 60+ Self-Care Group
This support group is intended for individuals 60 years and older. Topics covered in this group include adjusting to retirement, learning effective coping skills for managing anxiety or depression, coping with multiple medical issues, improving sleep, assessing values and goals, improving communication and relationships, and gaining lifestyle balance and improving self-care. Group members will be able to provide and receive support in a safe, nonjudgmental environment.