Group Therapy in Brooklyn is a powerful therapeutic modality, which promotes change and healing along multiple dimensions. Among its many benefits, participating in group therapy can increase your feeling of connection and present an opportunity to engage with others actively. Group therapy also gives you a chance to learn from others and acquire new skills about specific topics. Group psychotherapy can be done in conjunction with individual therapy or as a stand-alone treatment.
The COVID-19 Group is a process group offered by the Williamsburg Therapy Group for individuals who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The events that unfolded due to the virus can be viewed as a collective trauma – an emotional experience shared by a large group of individuals in the aftermath of an event. Typical reactions have included denial, shock, depression and anxiety. For many, the pandemic resulted in chronic health issues, the loss of a loved one, financial issues, and uncertainty. Vaccines offered hope, but new variants have reintroduced the sense of dread the world experienced in 2020.
Group therapy has been associated with a significant reduction in trauma-induced symptoms. Interpersonally focused, the COVID-19 Group offers the opportunity to find safety in the shared experiences of others, to foster resilience, and to gain insight into how you communicate with other people. The group is facilitated by Nicole Rosenfield, Psy.D. The group meets virtually once a week for an hour on Tuesdays at 7pm and will transition to in-person sessions in our offices when social distancing is no longer in effect. If interested, please contact [email protected].
The LGBTQ+ Group is a process group offered by the Williamsburg Therapy Group that welcomes queer folks of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. It is a safe space designed for people of the LGBTQ+ community to support one another around different topics.
These topics can include:
Interpersonally focused, this group will offer the opportunity to gain insight into how you communicate with others while exploring patterns in your relationships.
Group sessions can be beneficial when exploring gender and sexuality issues because they serve as spaces where people can build a sense of belonging and community. The group is facilitated by Nicole Rosenfield, PsyD, who specializes in working with individuals who identify as LGBTQ+. The group meets virtually once a week for an hour on Wednesdays at 7 pm. However, it will transition to in-person sessions in our offices when social distancing is no longer in effect.
The Early Recovery Group is for people struggling with addiction to explore sobriety and harm reduction in a supportive clinical setting. This one hour per week group is a community space to gain insight and address risk factors for addiction, improve self-esteem and relationships. It will allow you to take realistic steps towards lasting positive changes and emotional wellness.
The Early Recovery group is designed as an extension of The Program at Williamsburg Therapy Group, a comprehensive addiction treatment program for people struggling with substance use. The group will be led by Drs. Monica Nick and Sharon Asher, who are also primary clinicians of The Program. The fee for this group will be 100 dollars per session while we are virtual.
In this time of social distancing, screens and social media have become our lifeline. WTG is offering a new group to help deal with these challenges. We need technology more than ever right now to keep us connected and entertained. But if you're feeling lethargic, burnt out, and disconnected from yourself – it could be due to digital overuse.
You may find yourself feeling anxious or depressed when you compare yourself to others on social media. You may even experience heightened feelings of loneliness and isolation – despite being always connected online. This skills-based support group will help you develop healthy strategies for managing screen time and social media use during this digitally-dependent time.
Group members will have the opportunity to explore the role of technology in their lives – including mental health benefits and challenges. Group members will also learn mindfulness skills for engaging more intentionally in their lives. It will help them break free from unhealthy habits and achieve personal growth by coping effectively with depression and anxiety. This group will be led by one of our wonderful staff Psychologists: Dr. Jeanna Pagnotta, an expert on this subject matter. Due to continued social distancing, the group will start digitally and transition to an in-person group at the William Vale office.
Sleep – we all need it, and many of us have difficulties with it. Sleep difficulties are widespread and can occur throughout life. During uncertain times we may experience these problems for the first time or have even greater difficulty. The CBT Sleep Group is a weekly group therapy session focused on improving your sleep and well-being by using evidence-based cognitive and behavioral techniques.
The group will include information about the structure, function, and importance of sleep. It will also address the aspects impacting group members' sleep and target and promote healthy behaviors and thoughts. In the end, it will help to improve sleep hygiene, quality of sleep, relaxation, restoration, and healthy thoughts about sleep.
Participating in CBT for sleep in a group setting adds additional support, motivation, and validation for the members to increase the impact of the experience. This group will be facilitated by Dr. Sarah England, a Clinical Neuropsychologist with training in cognitive-behavioral health therapies, e.g., CBT for sleep, diabetes, tinnitus.
Being and becoming a mother can be an enormously complex experience characterized by a spectrum of emotions. In many ways, there are few safe spaces where mothers can reflect on this role's unique challenge without fear of judgment or expectation.
As a result, mothers often find themselves feeling isolated, misunderstood, and confused about the nature of this internal conflict. If you are seeking out an opportunity to explore your own experience of being a mother, please consider joining the Mothers Group at Williamsburg Therapy Group. Our Mothers Group provides a secure space to feel a greater sense of support and opportunity to listen to others' experiences to feel less alone.
This process-oriented group dynamic will strive to provide a sense of warmth and safety through shared experience and reflection on the interpersonal processes that arise in the group. Through the interpersonal lens, the group will also offer a deeper understanding of oneself in relation to others. There will also be space to explore the nature of mothering during the COVID-19 pandemic and the profound effect that this has had on families.
Dr. Monica Nikc will facilitate this group. She specializes in treating those who find themselves struggling with mental health issues, substance abuse, family conflict, interpersonal relationships, and more.