Announcing a 12 Week Women’s Relationship Growth Group

5th June, 2016 - Posted by admin - No Comments

Currently scheduling initial interviews.

What:
12 week Women’s Relational Growth Group 2016

When: 12 weeks, Tuesdays @ 6-7:30pm

August 16th to November 1st 2016

Where: 1100 Sanchez Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

Affiliated with
Christian Psychotherapy Services 

Enrolling Now! Email or Call:

Colleen.mft@gmail.com    or     415-763-8072

Fee: $50 per session ($600 total) $300 due at first group, remainder due at 6th

group (9/20). 30min. initial interview included.

Group Facilitated by:

Colleen Lam Nguyen, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #93375

What Should I Expect?

Group therapy involves a therapist who leads a group of roughly five to 10 clients. Typically, groups meet for an hour and a half each week. Some people attend individual therapy in addition to groups, while others participate in groups only.

Many groups are designed to target a specific problem, This group will focus on improving relational health/growth for women, helping women deal with a range of issues such as difficulty with family members/mother/father, significant others, co- workers, and friends and/or general personal emotional growth concerns.

Benefits of Group Therapy

Joining a group of strangers may sound intimidating at first, but group therapy provides benefits that individual therapy may not. Therapists say, in fact, that group members are almost always surprised by how rewarding the group experience can be.

Groups can act as a support network and a sounding board. Other members of the group often help you come up with specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge, and hold you accountable along the way.

Regularly talking and listening to others also helps you put your own problems in perspective. Many people experience emotional health difficulties, but few speak openly about them to people they don’t know well. Oftentimes, you may feel like you are the only one struggling — but you’re not. It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they’re going through, and realize you’re not alone.

More Than Support

While group members are a valuable source of support, formal group therapy sessions offer benefits beyond informal self-help and support groups. Group therapy sessions are led by a therapist with specialized training, who teach group members proven strategies for managing specific problems. That expert guidance can help you make the most of your group therapy experience.

Is group therapy enough?

Many people find it’s helpful to participate in both group therapy and individual psychotherapy. Participating in both types of psychotherapy can boost your chances of making valuable, lasting changes. If you’ve been involved in individual psychotherapy and your progress has stalled, joining a group may jump-start your personal growth.

How much should I share?

Confidentiality is an important part of the ground rules for group therapy. However, there’s no absolute guarantee of privacy when sharing with others, so use common sense when divulging personal information. That said, remember that you’re not the only one sharing your personal story. Groups work best where there is open and honest communication between members.

Group members will start out as strangers, but in a short amount of time, you’ll most likely view them as a valuable and trusted source of support.

*adopted from http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/group-therapy.aspx Ben Johnson, PhD

Surviving the Holidays

9th December, 2015 - Posted by admin - No Comments

SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS

a Brief Group

December 18th, 2015

1100 Sanchez Street

San Francisco, CA 94114

4:30-7pm
Fee: $30
Medicare accepted

The Holidays can be a difficult time for many. Come join us for a group to process and learn tools and skills on how you can survive and thrive during the holidays.

If interested contact: alex@alexwangphd.com or colleen.mft@gmail.com

Co-facilitators: Alex Wang, PhD &

Colleen Lam Nguyen, MFT Intern, supervised by Gracia Wiarda, LMFT

Affiliated with Christian Psychotherapy Services 

click on this link Holiday Group Dec 2015 for pdf version of flyer

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

14th April, 2015 - Posted by admin - No Comments

Everyday we are faced with events – ripe for our interpretation.

From the moment we wake to our first hello to a fellow human – we take in information. Our brains work at lightening speed to process meaning to help inform our next step, next word, feelings and behaviors.

Objectivity is rarely a lone ingredient in this process. We all have unique beginnings and environments from which we developed. As a result, we process all these daily events through our individual lens, for better or for worse.

What if we slowed down our day and played it in slow motion? What if we challenged our interpretations and self statements? Could we inject just a little more analysis, logic, and objectivity and alter the narrative that may lead us toward emotional health and freedom?

There is definite power in the stories we tell ourselves.

 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” -Philippians 4:8

-Colleen Lam Nguyen, MFT Intern