Group Therapy FAQs
San Francisco, CA Group therapy and group psychotherapy . Dr. Laura B. Kasper offers group therapy and therapy groups in San Francisco's Financial District. Group Therapy helps clients improve their communication and interactions so they can have more deeply satisfying and fulfilling relationships.
Group Therapy FAQs
How Often Are Group Sessions Held?
Groups meet for 1.5 hours every week.
How Much Is Group Therapy?
Fee is $125 per person / per session. Payment is charged to a credit card on file at the beginning of the month.
Statements for you to submit to your insurance company to receive out-of-network reimbursement can be provided upon request.
Who Will I Be In Group With?
Smart, successful, interesting, caring people who struggle in similar ways and are also looking to become more emotionally intelligent, self-aware and have better connections with others.
Groups are all mixed gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, profession, relationship status and type, and members range in age from mid 20s to mid 50s.
What If I Need To Miss A Session?
Consistent attendance is how you will get the most out of group. Like committing to a fitness goal that you need to show up at the gym regularly to achieve, the same is true for your emotional and “social’ fitness, so attending group consistently, both showing up and being on time, is the the best way to see results.
Being a consistent member also helps build trust and safety among group members, allowing you and others to take risks you might not be willing to take in your outside relationships. These interpersonal risks help you grow and eventually bring changes to your outside relationships.
Consistency in relationship can often be an “edge” for some people, since making commitments in relationships can bring up feelings. Paying attention and exploring one’s reactions to the commitment of regular attendance can be a huge area of growth.
What Goes On During A Session?
One thing that everyone has in common in the group is a desire to improve their self-awareness, emotional intelligence and relationships with others. You will do this by paying attention to and sharing with the group any thoughts and feelings you’re having in the moment, in reaction to others and about yourself. Your feelings and reactions related to other members and the leader are the single most important source of learning for you in the group.
In group you’re encouraged to put unpleasant thoughts and feelings into words, since they are typically more difficult to share with others and cause us the most emotional and interpersonal challenges.
Actions such as coming late, not coming to group, being more withdrawn or quiet than usual, etc. might reflect feelings you are not fully aware of or are uncomfortable expressing and in group, we help you make those feelings more conscious so you can express them and use them to help you grow both in the group and in your outside relationships.
How Is Group Different Or Better Than Individual Therapy?
Group is different than individual therapy because you’ll have to be more assertive about asking for what you need and getting attention in group, which is often something that creates interpersonal challenges in life, so it’s a great opportunity to practice.
Group is better than individual therapy if what you’re wanting to improve is your relationships with other people, since you’ll have a laboratory to explore how many different people experience you, and to practice experimenting with new ways of relating to each of them, not just one individual therapist. You’ll also have the care and compassion of multiple members, not just one therapist.
If you still have questions about group therapy, please feel free to contact me below.
Group Therapy Consultation
I meet with potential group therapy clients for three sessions to decide together if group is the best way to meet your needs and if you feel comfortable working with me.