Announcing a 12 Week Women’s Relationship Growth Group

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

Currently scheduling initial interviews.

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:    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 Ben Johnson, PhD

Surviving the Holidays

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


a Brief Group

December 18th, 2015

1100 Sanchez Street

San Francisco, CA 94114

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: or

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

SEMINAR: Surviving the Holidays 12/5 @ 6:30pm

2nd December, 2014 - Posted by admin - No Comments

SEMINAR: Surviving the Holidays

Date & Time: Friday, December 5th 6:30-9:00pm

Help for the divorced and separated during the holidays.

If you’re separated or divorced, the holidays can be a lonely, stressful, depressing time. But there’s hope. Join us for an encouraging seminar that will help you survive the holidays and discover new ways to enjoy them again.

Facilitated by Stephanie Gluch, Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
P: (415) 814-0024 | E:

Registration is $5/person, but the first 10 people to register will receive a complimentary registration. Contact Stephanie as registration is required.

Space is limited so register early. We hope you can join us!

Announcement- Co-ed Growth Group starting January 2011

3rd December, 2010 - Posted by Colleen - No Comments

Announcing a New
Growth Group:
“Journey towards Authenticity”

Have you ever wanted to understand what it means to have an authentic relationship?
Would you like to reach your personal growth goals in a safe place?

…this growth group may be for you or those you minster to…

Facilitated by
Colleen Lam Nguyen, M.A., MFT Intern
Christian Psychotherapy Services

10 week Closed Co-Ed Group
Saturdays January 22—March 26th, 2011

No obligation
Informational Session:
Jan. 15th, 11am-12pm
RSVP by Jan 5th, 2011

Cost: $10 a session
*total of $100 for entire 10 week group
*includes 30 minute initial interview
*due on January 22nd/first group session

Christian Psychotherapy Services
1100 Sanchez Street
San Francisco, CA, 94114
RSVP to:
Phone: 415-763-8072

Announcement: Women’s Group

25th August, 2010 - Posted by admin - No Comments

Announcement: Women’s Group

For women age 35 and up (single, married, divorced or in a relationship)

Meetings will be held on Mondays 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the CPS offices.
September 20 – November 15 (8 sessions; no meeting November 1st)

$475 group fee; $100 deposit to reserve your spot
The balance is due at the first meeting. Payments may be arranged.
Fee includes a 30 minute individual intake appointment with Martha McNiel, LMFT.
Group will be limited to 8 women.

• connect with other women

• find and create support with others who understand

• discuss life dreams and goals

• identify your gifts, talents and “growing edges”

• identify relationship patterns that work and those that do not work

• identify current sources of stress and how to find more support

• explore how to shape your life in the direction of your dreams

• explore how to create more happiness and satisfaction in your life

For more information please call Martha McNiel at 415-586-2976 or email her at