group therapy

 

The psychological group therapy at Lifebalance groups is nothing bottled or branded. There are no information sheets or checklist templates and no class room settings.

This is real therapy that facilitates change and healing

We have a cognitive behavioural and biopsychosocial backbone.

We encourage our clinicians/therapists to use the various empirically sound and accepted modalities that are available in clinical and counselling psychology.

Our collective goal is to provide solid psychological group treatment by intertwining psychoeducation with group personal experiences and processing.

We are not a physical rehabilitation program; we are a mental health rehabilitation program.

Our approach is strongly informed by rehabilitation psychology and we believe in an ongoing proactive stance to get back into life.

Once you experience how it feels to get out and connect with the same group, sharing therapy, yoga, & fitness, together you will be on the path of change


Yalom’s eleven therapeutic factors that influence change and healing in group therapy:

  • The instillation of hope creates a feeling of optimism.

  • Universality helps group members realize that they are not alone in their impulses, problems, and other issues.
  • Altruism allows clients to gain a sense of value and significance by helping other group members.

  • Corrective recapitulation provides for the resolution of family and childhood events within the safety of the group family.

  • Socializing techniques promote social development, tolerance, empathy, and other interpersonal skills.

  • Through imitative behavior group members learn to adopt the coping strategies and perspectives of other group members.

  • Interpersonal learning teaches clients how to develop supportive interpersonal relationships.

  • Group cohesiveness gives members a sense of acceptance, belonging, value, and security.

  • Catharsis releases suppressed emotions and promotes healing by disclosing information to group members.

  • Existential factors incorporate learning how to just exist as part of something larger than oneself. This factor brings a client into the awareness that life will continue on, with pain, death, sadness, regret, and joy. By living existentially, clients learn how to accept these conditions without escaping from them. Instead, they learn how to live with them and through them.


*1.      Yalom, Irvin D., Leszcz, Molyn. (2005) The theory and practice of group psychotherapy. New York: Basic Books.