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Re: First Group Therapy session today MissK

Posted by Kath on February 27, 2008, at 16:22:27

In reply to Re: First Group Therapy session today Kath, posted by MissK on February 25, 2008, at 20:17:49

> Very interesting. Yes, there is something about 'being able to cry'. I've done it alot in private with my T. I don't know how I would feel doing it in a group setting, but it says alot about the setting and the group that you felt you could do it.

*********Yeah - I felt pretty 'safe' there for sure. The doctor is VERY kind & respectful.****

> Neat exercise. I am glad the therapy helped you almost right away.

***I posted more about my next day of 'tailoring' the exercise to me - on the Social board.***

> I'm curious, what was the interaction among the participants? Is the discussion all directed by the therapist? Do you guys get a bit of time either before or after to just talk to one another?

****One person would speak, then doc would ask if there were any questions or comments. Then one by one people would say what they wanted. Doc would sometimes ask a question or make a comment. If the original speaker started to speak, doc would politely & kindly & quietly put her finger to her lips & go "shhhh". Gently though! If something occurred to doc she'd mention it or ask the person is this how they felt, etc?

People can arrive early & some were chatting. I noticed a few went together afterwards for coffee. At the outset when I was reading all the information, one of the things that was suggested was that in order to benefit most from Group, it was advised not to make close friendships with people in the group, while we were involved in Group Therapy.*****

> Thanks for sharing. Look forward to reading more about it when you feel like it.

*******I'm glad to share; sorry it took me a while. Please feel free to ask me anything you like. the doc pointed out that group therapies differ & not to expect it to be like others we may have attended or heard about. I suspect it depends on the person leading it. She is an MD (medical doctor - oh I think you're from Canada, right?) anyway, she's an MD with 2 other sets of letters afterwards, including GT, which tell which credentials she has specifically FOR leading group therapy. I love it that it's covered by OHIP so if free.

:-)) Kath

PS - I live in Ontario, north of Toronto. Are you anywhere near me? (IF you feel like saying)




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