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Frequently Asked Questions for Groups

What is the group about?

See the weekly topics regarding the Women’s Empowerment Group. Please call the therapist if you want to know what the Communication or Anger Management Groups are about.

Are there specific requirements to attend a group?

The therapist must know everyone in the group prior to them attending.  Therefore, a consultation is required. If the therapist thinks you may not be a good fit for the group the therapist will refund all your consultation fee and refer you to a facility or group that may be more appropriate.    

The Women's Empowerment Group and The Communication Groups are closed groups (once the group begins the same people meet with each other until the completion of the sessions). There is a requirement to make a commitment to all sessions because your fellow group members will miss your presence and you will also miss valuable information as each group builds on the previous group. It is also important to show up to all groups on time. Emergencies happen because life happens, if you are aware you will miss more than two groups during the 10 week sessions you should not sign up for group.

Anger Management group is an open group, which can add new members at anytime. During the consultation the therapist will determine your motivational level which will impact your ability to attend this group.

How is a therapeutic group different from a support group?

A support group is a self help group run by peers for the purpose of supporting one another around a specific topic. For example, a support group for mothers of deceased children or a support group for those who suffer with PTSD. An individual in one of these groups may not desire to change. Participants may only desire to be heard by others who have similar experiences.

A process group, such as the groups run at this facility, focuses on specific content led by a licensed professional who will guide you through a process with the intent of moving you to a place of being less depressed, less sad, improved or new skills, less angry, an improved understanding, or a new perspective; thus the goal is change. It addresses faulty thinking, negative self talk and challenges you to embrace new ideas and ways of doing things. A process group is not just about talking and airing problems but it challenges you to come up with solutions and to work on the solutions as a group, in much the same way you might work on issues in individual therapy. Members of this type of group may have different experiences and issues; however, they all desire to reach a similar goal of self improvement.

Is there a specific age for this group?

The only requirement is that you are above the age of 18 and able to emotionally, physically, and mentally fit into the group. The therapist makes an effort to assure all participants will have a sense of belonging. If most members are in their 30s and 40s, a 20 year old may not be a good fit. The therapist will make determinations for fit to the group using her discretion.

For Anger Management Group you must be at least 16 years old to attend group.

What are my transportation/parking options?

There is free parking in a private lot.   The general location is the City Ave. and Bala Ave. near Philadelphia/Bala Cynwyd areas.  It is near buses and regional rail.  You must register to get the exact location of the group.  

How often does the group meet?

Most groups meet either once a week or bi-weekly and mostly on Saturday mornings but not necessarily. Call the therapist to ask about a specific group. Once you sign up for group you will be given specific dates for when your group will meet.

What is the cost of group? 

The Women’s Empowerment Group and the Communication Group cost $45 per session. You must have a $45 consultation prior to joining the group. The fee of the consultation will go towards your first group session. If the therapist can not fit you into a group your $45 will be refunded at the consultation. If you change your mind about attending group after your consultation, your $45 fee will NOT be refunded.

The Anger Management Group cost is $55 per session. In addition, participants in this group must purchase a $35 workbook.

Can I pay as I attend each group?

Yes.

How are group participants chosen?

It is usually first come first serve. There are only so many slots for each group so the therapist does make sure all group members will work well with one another; thus, the reason for the consult. Each group is only designed for six people so you can be sure to get specialized attention. No worries about large groups where the therapist may never learn your name. The therapist will make a determination for fit to each group which is based on group dynamics, motivation to change (for anger management), and ability to comprehend the material.

Who might benefit from these groups?  

Women’s Empowerment Group is for persons who identify as women suffering with generalized anxiety, relationship problems, low self-esteem, loneliness, shyness, social anxiety, hopelessness, those who need stress relief, professionals who have compassion fatigue, and other women who are bombarded with the everyday stresses of life will benefit from this group.  

The Communication Group is for those who feel communication often gets in the way of them achieving happiness or the inability to communicate gets in the way of being successful at work, successful in a relationship, or successful in raising one’s kids.

Anger Management Group is for those who are mandated by work or the court system to complete an anger management group and are required to receive a certificate or letter of completion from a certified Anger Management Specialist.

What's the refund policy?

Most people choose to pay as you go; therefore, refunds are not necessary. If you pay for a package plan in advance and change you mind you are welcome to have your money refunded, with the exception of the $45 consultation fee AND the 1st group has not started. Once the first group begins you will not be entitled to a refund.

Do I have to attend all groups?

Yes, the Women’s Empowerment Group and the Communication group have a specific start and end date and a specified number of groups. Anyone accepted into the group is expected to complete all sessions.

You may have to miss a group for unforeseen reasons; this will not be held against you. If you must miss a group please give at least 25 hours notice to your therapist and your co-group participants or you will be required to pay for the group session in full.

If you have paid in advance for all ten groups there will be no refunds if you miss a session, since you have been given a significant discount. You also will not be charged anything additional if you miss a group.

If you know you must miss more than two group sessions these groups may not be for you. Ask the therapist the exact dates so you can schedule appropriately.

When can I sign up?

It is a good ideal to call the therapist and ask about the start of the group you desire to attend. The Women’s Empowerment Group and the Communication group have specific start dates and times.

The Anger Management Group is designed to be open but you must call to find out if the group is running since people can come in and out of group as they please. The therapist must have at least three people to have an Anger Management group.

Best times to contact?

Anytime. However, the Women’s Empowerment Group typically runs January to April and September to December.

Who should I contact if I have more questions pertaining to the group?             

Please call this number and someone will assist you (215) 268-6056. If you do not get an answer please leave a detailed message or text and someone will get back to you immediately. You may also send an email: formetalktherapy@gmail.com