Types of Groups
We Austinites are fortunate to have a thriving group community! Yet with such diverse offerings, it can be a little daunting to try and figure out which group will be the best fit for you. Hopefully this glossary will provide you with a brief introduction to some of the various types of groups that are offered here in Austin.
Time limited groups meet for a specified number of sessions.
In an ongoing group, new members join a preexisting group and stay in the group until they decide that they have achieved their therapeutic goals.
In a psychoeducational group, the leader serves as a teacher and provides group members with information, resources and techniques. They typically focus on a specific topic (i.e. anxiety, pain management, etc.).
The focus of this type of group is on the members understanding themselves and their relational patterns through their interactions with other group members. There is often a focus on sharing emotional experiences and a focus on the here and now.
These groups focus on helping the members improve communication, increase emotional intelligence and gain insight about their habitual relational patterns. Members learn about themselves through exploring their feelings towards themselves and other members, giving and receiving feedback. These groups may focus on past experience and outside relationships, but give particular importance to in the here-and-now interactions between the group members.
These groups share many similarities with interpersonal/process-oriented groups. In addition, they place particular importance on experiencing and understanding how childhood experiences with our family of origin continue to impact our current relationships.
Modern Analytic groups draw on a psychodynamic theory but place particular emphasis on helping members to identify and verbalize their authentic emotional reactions in the here-and-now. These groups help members to gain a greater capacity for intimacy, and spontaneity in relationships.
These groups are experiential and emotion-focused and work exclusively in the here-and-now experience of the group. Members are able to achieve improved emotional awareness and greater role-flexibility.
These groups rely on dance and other body movements to expand the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual.