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“Three things in my life saved me from going down a path of misery and depression:  my mother, God, and the staff (at Headway)…With each struggle I face now, I am filled with the courage and skills to take a healthy approach to fixing whatever it is that is I am having trouble with.”

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Headway Minute

April 8, 2013

Group Therapy - A valuable tool for many

Group therapy can be intimidating for those of us who have never experienced it, but it is an important primary or supportive method toward healing in many areas of life.

Our new general therapy group for adults at our Golden Valley location is the perfect way to illustrate this. This particular group is designed for existing Headway clients currently involved in individual therapy, family members of current clients, and for new clients who would benefit from group therapy.

Why choose a general adult therapy group?

For people have difficulty relating to others, a group therapy situation encourages honest, safe, social interaction and an opportunity for participants to learn many valuable things about themselves. Working on relationships directly with other group members allows them to learn about and understand the issues that interfere with their outside relationships, carries over to make them better. Members will discover how to have more rewarding relationships with significant people in their life now and those they have yet to meet.

What kind of clients benefit most significantly from group therapy?

Below is a list of issues that can be effectively addressed and improved through group therapy:

  • Interpersonal problems
    • Loneliness
    • Shyness
    • Social withdrawal
    • Excessive competitiveness
    • Aggressiveness
    • Abrasiveness
    • Argumentativeness
    • Suspiciousness
    • Problems with authority
    • Narcissism
    • Difficulty with empathy
    • Difficulty accepting criticism
    • Continuous need for admiration
    • Feelings of being unlovable
    • Fear of being assertive
    • Dependency within relationship
  • Impulsivity and the need to act immediately on feelings
  • Highly intellectualizing problems and perceptions of others

In certain cases group therapy is not the best option for addressing these issues - this is why proper assessment and an individual treatment plan are needed to ensure the right therapy option for each individual.

If you find yourself struggling, or know someone who is struggling with any of the issues listed above, we have many resources available, including our new group, to help you move forward. Call our intake professionals 763-746-2411 to schedule an appointment. Remember- reaching out is the first step toward a brighter today.

Headway Blog

For information and thoughts about timely emotional health issues check out Headway's blog. Our latest blog is focused on adolescent suicide awareness and prevention. headway.org/blog

Who is Headway

We are a diverse team of more than 100 therapists, psychiatrists, case workers, and medical and administrative staff dedicated to helping people in emotional distress transform their lives. We are here for your friends, neighbors, and family members in need. We are here for you.

If you or someone you know is affected by anxiety, depression, divorce, parenting trouble, domestic violence, sexual abuse, anger management or any emotional health-related issue, contact us at 763-746-2411

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In 2012 we provided free or reduced-rate services totaling more than $125,000. Generous donations from people like you make this possible. Your donation today will help make a difference in the life of someone who turns to us for help.

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Pat Dale, CEO
Headway Emotional Health Services

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