Weekly Group Therapy – Client Prep and My Background

In full time private practice with HRC I led and co-led 5 weekly adult [and child therapy groups my first 10 years in practice] for about 40 years, and led regular weekend and All Day adult Groups. I’ve co-trained Professionals in Group therapy, co-led psychotherapy groups for therapists, and led many other specialized groups including : priests; agencies’ organizational development and problem solving; supervising about 10 group therapy teams in twice weekly group supervision for 2 years at a local psychiatric hospital long ago when we had a fine Yalom-model in-patient group therapy program; and currently, a monthly Training Group for health professionals/therapists for 30 years in Raleigh.

    Now I’ve led 3 open-ended weekly adult therapy groups continuously for 30 years, which retains the group norms and health culture lost in closed-ended treatment groups : Mondays 5:30-7PM in Chapel Hill; in Raleigh Tuesdays 4:30-6PM, and Thursdays 5-6:30 PM.  I’ve been a Founding Member of the American Group Psychotherapy’s Certified Group Psychotherapist credentialing program, survived and learned a lot for 2 years of weekly group supervision/therapy with local rogue genius Martin Groder,MD, and trained residentially in transactional analysis-Gestalt therapy with Bob & Mary Goulding at what was the Western Institute for Group and Family Therapy, and in Gestalt therapy in Atlanta with Joan Fagan and Irma Lee Shepherd .

  My approach is integrative/eclectic, strongly influenced by 5 editions of the Interpersonal group therapy bible by Irvin Yalom [Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy], and by a fortunate, long ago dinner with him and his wife, when NCPA had him here to lead  a 2 day training and didn’t know what to do with him that night.  My therapeutic style is relatively active, candid, and transparent participant-observer, a combination of CBT/ Interpersonal/re-decision transactional analysis/Gestalt and hypnotic healing, which I absorbed from 2 weeks of training with Milton Erickson, Ma, MD and many of his leading students.

 I’ve been off all insurance panels for many years, and use a fee scale that slides both up and down, most group clients paying  $75. a group session. I usually see prospective group clients in 3 individual sessions to build a therapeutic alliance, send home various readings, and  fully inform/prepare them for group treatment. We develop individualized written therapeutic goals​ which are rated and shared in group,  about every 3 months. Group sessions are video-recorded so members can both see and hear themselves as they really are, and experience any sessions they miss.

I ask folks to see my site, especially the Home page text, explore my blog and the horizontal menu – for therapists, particularly  the Page for Professionals – then phone to consider if we seem a good match.

 I’ll be glad to chat any time about the possibilities of group therapy.    dr bob

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2 Responses to Weekly Group Therapy – Client Prep and My Background

  1. I worked with Dr. Bob in both individual and group therapy for several years and the experiences were transformational for me. Some of the insights and changes applied immediately to my life. Other benefits have emerged over time as I’ve practiced the things I learned in therapy, and as I’ve found new experiences to handle.

    I’ve recently become a full-time caregiver for my elderly Mom (who has Parkinson’s disease and some dementia), working alongside my elderly Dad (who is in decent health but still needs some help). People tell me, “you’re such a loving and patient son,” and my Mom’s physical therapist was shocked at how little tension I hold my muscles. I tell them that therapy and spiritual practice have been the two things that have helped me do much better than I would have, without them.

    Therapy with Dr. Bob included work on my relationship with my Mom, and also with my generalized anxiety disorder and my ADHD. If I hadn’t done therapy, I’d be heavily resenting my Mom’s past demands on me (when I was in my 20’s and 30’s and 40’s) while feeling ashamed of her continued influence on my behaviors. As is, I think I have a reasonably healthy relationship with my parents, and am doing a reasonably healthy job learning how to do self-care at a time when I might otherwise “sacrifice” all as a “dutiful” (<– Dr. Bob's word) son.

    Having worked with other therapists, I can vouch that Dr. Bob's methods are uncommon compared to typical modern practice. For prospective clients who think he may be a good fit, I encourage them to sign on. They won't find many others like him.

  2. Dr. Bob says:

    Thanks for responding to this post Phil, and I’m real glad our work together was so helpful. You worked long and hard and got a lot from your strong efforts, and I remember you warmly. dr bob

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