Group Therapy


Group Therapy   

Group Therapy can be a very powerful, empirically validated augmentation tool for individual therapy. We welcome newcomers to our existing groups, and offer continuous 8 week courses that cycle through the various topics and skills offered throughout the group course.
At South Coast Psychiatry, we are proud to offer the following groups to help our patients and our community:
  • ADULT DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) GROUPS
  • ADOLESCENT DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) GROUPS
  • DIVORCE RECOVERY GROUPS
  • PARENTING GROUPS (Women and Couples groups)
  • CO-PARENTING GROUPS
  • EATING DISORDER RECOVERY GROUPS (Adult and Adolescent)
  • RELAPSE PREVENTION/ADDICTIONS RECOVERY GROUPS (Adults and Adolescent groups)
  • SOCIAL SKILLS/SOCIAL ANXIETY GROUPS
  • MEN'S GROUP
  • MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION GROUPS
  • GRIEF AND LOSS GROUPS
    THE FOLLOWING GROUPS ARE CURRENTLY BEING OFFERED AT SOUTH COAST PSYCHIATRY in 2016:
      ADULT DBT Groups
    South Coast Psychiatry's comprehensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Groups are comprised of 90 minute sessions weekly, consisting of no more than 5-8 people, led by an experienced DBT clinician. Our intimate groups learn emotional self-regulation in a peaceful, confidential and upscale therapeutic environment. DBT teaches mindfulness, emotional self control, navigating complex interpersonal relationships, and improving one's self confidence. DBT will teach you to resolve conflicts, stand up for yourself, create healthy relationships and boundaries, express & learn from your emotions, tolerate difficult experiences, and create positive opportunities in your life. Our Group DBT will work with you to help create a life worth living...
    DBT Primer: An overview of the philosophy of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, the rationale behind the approach, and the types of patients it is most helpful for.
    Mondays 5-6:30 pm
    Cost $125 per 90 min session, or $400/month (4 session package, if paid in advance) with $25 first session materials fee
    ADOLESCENT DBT Groups
    South Coast Psychiatry's comprehensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Groups are comprised of 90 minute sessions weekly, consisting of no more than 5-8 adolescents, led by an experienced DBT clinician. Our intimate groups learn emotional self-regulation in a peaceful, confidential and upscale therapeutic environment. DBT teaches mindfulness, emotional self control, navigating complex interpersonal relationships, and improving one's self confidence. DBT will teach you to resolve conflicts, stand up for yourself, create healthy relationships and boundaries, express & learn from your emotions, tolerate difficult experiences, and create positive opportunities in your life. Our Group DBT will work with you to help create a life worth living...
    Fridays 4-5:30 
    Cost $125 per 90 min session, or $400/month (4 session package, if paid in advance) with $25 first session materials fee
    Social Anxiety/Social Skills Groups
    Often, difficulty with social interactions, or social anxiety, prevent people from creating meaningful bonds with others, and causes feelings of isolation, loneliness and despair. At South Coast Psychiatry, we are proud to offer a concierge small group setting to gain valuable clinical and peer support to help manage Social Anxiety, as well as to learn important Social Skills to help patients initiate and maintain connections with others. We offer dynamic, experiential groups of no more than 5-8 people, that teach our patients the tools they need to connect with others, and increase self esteem, to forge meaningful relationships, and lead more personally fulfilled and interconnected lives.
    Mondays 3:30-5:00 pm
    Cost $125 per 90 min session, or $400/4 session package (paid in advance) with $25 first session materials fee
    Mens Groups
    South Coast Psychiatry is proud to offer a Mens' Group, consisting of of 90 minute sessions, led by an experienced clinician, with expertise in Men's Emotional Health. Our small groups (no more than 5-8 people per group) learn valuable tools and gain peer support in a confidential and upscale therapeutic environment. You will go on a journey to learn about mindfulness, emotional control, improving intimacy in relationships, and navigating transitions in life. Our goal is to help dispel myths about the role of men in our society, break unhelpful patterns in your life, and help you grow into the man you have the potential to become.
    Thursdays 5-6:30 pm
    Cost $125 per 90 min session, or $400/4 session package (paid in advance) with $25 first session materials fee
    Relapse Prevention/Addictions Recovery Groups
    South Coast Psychiatry is proud to partner with our colleagues in the recovery community, to augment the journey to recovery, prevent relapse, and help patients maintain sobriety. Our Relapse Prevention/Addictions Recovery Process Groups, with no more than 5-8 people per group, offer patients in recovery a chance to go deeper into their individual journeys, to connect more intensely with others on similar journeys, and to learn well-validated and research-based tools to help maintain sobriety in the face of daily stresses. Our goal is to serve as an additional resource for patients who are in recovery, but want a more intimate setting in which to connect to others, facilitated by a licensed clinician with expertise in addictions.
    Fridays 12-1:30 pm
    Cost $125 per 90 min session, or $400/4 session package (paid in advance) with $25 first session materials fee
    Couples Parenting Groups - led by Shirley Furman, PMHNP
    Today's society has men and women juggling multiple roles, at home and in the workplace. The typical "village" that once existed to help raise kids seems to have dissipated, leaving many parents feeling frustrated and isolated. At South Coast Psychiatry, we are proud to offer a small group of parents (no more than 5-8 people per group) who have come together to share peer support, led by an experienced clinician with expertise in parenting issues, to help teach couples the parents the tools they need to raise happy, healthy, well-adjusted kids (without losing themselves, or their relationship, in the process!).
    Saturdays 12-1:30 pm
    Cost $150 per 90 min session, or $500/4 session package (paid in advance) with $25 first session materials fee
    Women's Parenting Groups - led by Shirley Furman, PMHNP
    Women in today's society juggle multiple roles: partner/spouse, friend, worker, and probably no role more important than that of Mother. The precarious balancing act of trying to put this role first, and to make sure the others stay intact and in balance is incredibly difficult. This Women's Parenting Group, with no more than 5-8 people per group, will give you a safe place from which to draw support from other women who are struggling with the same balancing act, and who are trying to share experiences and to learn valuable tools garnered from evidence-based research on how to engage in good self care while raising happy, healthy, well-adjusted kids (without losing themselves in the process!). 
    Tuesdays: 12-1:30 pm
    Cost $150/session, or $500/4 session package (paid in advance) with $25 first session materials fee
    Divorce Recovery Group - led by Shirley Furman, PMHNP
    The value of truly connecting with someone, while it can give such meaning to our lives, also puts us at risk for loss, and the grief that inevitably follows loss. Our goal at South Coast Psychiatry, is to offer a safe space for people in any stage of the grieving process with separation/divorce to come together, share their experiences and draw strength and support from one another. Groups consist of no more than 5-8 people per group. Participants will learn from an experienced clinician with expertise in divorce, grief and loss, how to weather grief's stages, navigate the transition, and gain the confidence and self esteem to rebuild.
    Time/Day TGD
    Cost $150/session, or $500/4 session package (paid in advance) with $25 first session materials fee
    Co-Parenting Groups - led by Shirley Furman, PMHNP
    With parents who are separated or divorced, the difficult job of parenting kids becomes exponentially harder. The art of being able to set aside past hurt and ongoing differences, and focus on the health and wellbeing of kids, for parents who are no longer together, is a difficult journey. At South Coast Psychiatry, we are proud to offer a small group of parents (no more than 6-8 people per group) who have come together to share peer support, led by an experienced clinician with expertise in parenting issues, to help teach parents the tools they need to raise happy, healthy, well-adjusted kids, even when they themselves may no longer be together. Co-parenting is not easy, but it is possible; and we're here to help navigate that journey.
    Saturdays 12-1:30 pm
    Cost $150 per 90 min session, or $500/4 session package (paid in advance) with $25 first session materials fee
    Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Groups - led by Shirley Furman, PMHNP
    This course is designed to benefit anyone who consciously and holistically wants to learn how to better deal with stress in their everyday lives. Whether you are dealing with a chronic illness, pain, anxiety, insomnia, or just having difficulty coping with the demands of a stressful life, South Coast Psychiatry offers small groups that gather to learn mindfulness based techniques, incorporating relaxation, guided imagery, and therapeutic hypnotherapy that can help teach participants skills that they can utilize in their work, home, relationships and in their daily lives. Led by an expert in guided imagery and hypnotherapy, our small groups benefit from the bonds formed between participants along their journeys to learn how to better cope with life's stresses, as well as the evidence-based approaches to increasing resiliency, and emerge with coping skills that will last a lifetime.
    Dates: TBD
    Cost $150 per 90 min session, or $500/4 session package (paid in advance) with $25 first session materials fee
    Adolescent Eating Disorders Recovery Group
    South Coast Psychiatry is honored to have an expert in eating disorders, Kenneth Graves, leading an Adolescent Eating Disorders Recovery Group. Eating disorders are one of the illnesses that have the highest rates of morbidity and mortality in our field, so the necessity to treat these patients as best we can, with a multimodal treatment plan, is imperative. We recommend a team-based approach to treatment, including an individual therapist, psychiatrist, primary care doctor, nutritionist, and group support -- the latter of which we are proud to offer with one of the best clinicians in the field. Patients can draw strength and support from one another, and learn tools from evidence-based medicine on how to help recover and maintain recovery with this serious condition.
    Time/Day: TBD
    Cost $125 per 90 min session, or $400/4 session package (paid in advance) with $25 first session materials fee
    Grief/Loss Process Group - led by Shirley Furman, PMHNP
    The value of truly connecting with someone, while it can give such meaning to our lives, also puts us at risk for loss, and the grief that inevitably follows loss. Our goal at South Coast Psychiatry, is to offer a safe space for people in any stage of the grieving process after the loss of a loved one, to share their experiences and draw strength and support from one another. Groups consist of no more than 5-8 people per group. Participants will learn from an experienced clinician with expertise in treating grief and loss, how to weather grief's stages, how to seek support from others who truly understand your pain, and how to go about the healing process in a way that highlights acceptance and integration into moving forward.
    Time/Day: TBD
    Cost $150/session, or $500/4 session package (paid in advance) with $25 first session materials fee
    If you are interested in attending or enrolling in a specific group above, please contact us at 714-556-5004 or email us at info@southcoastpsychiatry.com for information about the Group Therapy's specific day and time, and current availability.

    How Groups are Done Differently at South Coast Psychiatry:

    At South Coast Psychiatry, we are excited to offer groups led by licensed clinical  therapists with many years of experience practicing both individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy as well as Group therapy. Our therapists are experts in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and have taught groups for adults and adolescents for many years. They also have tremendous level of insight and experience with Addictions Recovery Groups, Men's Groups, Divorce Recovery Groups and Eating Disorder Recovery Groups (for adults and adolescents). Our therapists bring a wealth of expertise in therapeutic technique, as well as passion and enthusiasm for teaching patients mindfulness, interpersonal skills, self awareness and increasing their self esteem. Our therapists are warm, compassionate group leaders who greatly enjoy the experience of leading patients on their journeys.

    Our Parenting Groups and Grief and Loss Groups are facilitated by our  Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Shirley Furman, PMHNP , who has a tremendous amount of expertise and experience helping individuals and groups process parenting issues, has led a myraid of Grief and Loss process groups over the last several decades. Shirley's warmth and kindness infuses her group sessions, and she also likes to bring her guided imagery and relaxation techniques into both group experiences, to help both populations benefit from ways to increase their stress tolerance through mindfulness and self regulation.

    While we hope the Group Therapy experience is a powerful and cohesive one, we want to offer the flexibility for patients to come to a Group session to "try it out" without a long term commitment. Thus, patients are welcome to schedule a "trial" group session in any of the available sessions, and to see whether they think the course and the group would be a good fit for them. After that, we request an 8 week commitment, to enable each group to get the most out of the modules, and to cement the peer cohesion that usually occurs after the first 2-3 sessions in a group setting. After the first 8 weeks, you are welcome to continue on with the next 8 week session, or utilize the skill sets you have learned to continue with your journey outside of the group.

    Further, at South Coast Psychiatry, we used the most well-respected, most empirically-validated, and most research-based methodology to help supplement the group teachings for each Group Therapy we run. 

    Here are just some of the empirically based, research-validated tools our clinicians utilize in our Group Therapy sessions:

    DBT Skills Training Manual: Second Edition  by Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP

    Managing Social Anxiety: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Approach  by Hope, Heimberg and Turk

    Divorce Recovery Workbook: How to Heal from Anger, Hurt and Resentment and Build the Life You Want  by Rye and Moore

    Overcoming Your Alcohol or Drug Problem: Effective Recovery Strategies Workbook  by Daley and Marlatt

    The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction: A Guide for Coping with the Grief, Stress and Anger that Trigger Addictive Behaviors , by Williams and Kraft

    Finally, at South Coast Psychiatry, we keep the group size intentionally small -- between 5-8 members per group. We believe this allows for the creation of an intimacy that larger groups cannot foster. Thus, in our Group Therapy sessions, patients benefit not only from learning the skills taught throughout the course (mastering mindfulness, enhancing interpersonal connections, processing through difficult experiences, and increasing their self esteem) but also from the compassion, caring, and connection with their other group members, with whom they will share this journey. Our group members usually express that the value in the group comes not only from attaining useful skills that help them in being more present and more focused in their every day lives, but also in the strong bonds they form with their fellow group members, and the attachments they form with their peers throughout the course.

    Please remember, all of our patients may request Superbills after the Group Therapy for submission to their insurance company for their out of network, group therapy mental health benefits. In our experience, patients with PPO insurance typically receive between 50-80% of the cost of the group session back (with some receiving as much as 100% of the cost back). 

    This is why South Coast Psychiatry's Groups are different and unique among others offered in our community. In typical South Coast Psychiatry style, we try to apply our concierge brand of care to our group therapy, and the result is a special benefit that our patients receive above and beyond merely the principles of Group Therapy skills. At South Coast Psychiatry, we want our patients' Group Therapy to be a beneficial experience, and an integral part of their journey, that stays with them for a lifetime.

    What Can I Expect From the Group Therapy Experience:
    • Group Therapy is voluntary, but you commit to participate in your own learning and skill-building
    • You commit to coming to group and being engaged
    • You can do a "trial" group to assess whether the group environment is the right fit for you; after that, we request an 8 week commitment to ensure cohesion among the group and enough time to attain meaningful skills from the course
    • You commit to doing your homework (approx 1 hour of homework/week)
    • You commit to coaching each other on your group skills outside of class
    • You commit to giving it your best, while understanding that all humans are imperfect
      ** PLEASE NOTE: If you are NOT currently a patient at South Coast Psychiatry and have been referred to our Group Therapy program from someone other than a current South Coast Psychiatry clinician, please contact us at 714-556-5004 to schedule an initial consultation.
      You will need to meet one time with a clinician who will be facilitating the group, prior to being able to enroll in the groups. 
      It is important to assess your needs and to make sure that Group Therapy will be a good fit for you prior to you starting. Your group therapist will do their best to coordinate your care and communicate about your progress in group therapy with your referring or treating clinician, so that your journey in group parallels and accelerates your individual work.

      GROUP THERAPY FEES  

      At South Coast Psychiatry, we are proud to offer the opportunity for patients to participate in Group Therapy, as augmentation to their individual therapy or for patients who elect to start with Group Therapy prior to starting their own individual sessions. Our recommendation is always to utilize Group Therapy as an augmentation to individual therapy, as the best way for patients to be able to utilize multiple treatment modalities to help them move forward in their lives.

      The prices for these group sessions per person are as follows:

      • $125-$150/session for 90 min group session (paid at time of service), depending on the group
      • We also offer the opportunity to pre-pay for a month's worth of group sessions at $400-$500/month (for 4 sessions)

        **Please note, each group therapy will also have a $25 materials start-up fee that will go towards the purchase of a companion workbook for the group topic, and/or the purchase and assembly of an individual binder that you will be given at your first group session (so, the very first group session fee will be $150, and the rest of the sessions will be $125).

        If you enroll in a group that has a set series of sessions (eg. the DBT Group Therapy 4 or 8 week course), you will be allowed one fee-for-service consultation "trial" group to assess fit, and then if you decide to continue with the rest of the course, you will be responsible for the enrollment for the entire 4-8 week series, to provide all patients continuity within the groups, and to give each patient the best chance they have of completing an entire series and making progress. For open ended groups without a set number of sessions, they are fee-for-service, pay as you go. 

        Please remember that, as with all services offered by South Coast Psychiatry, patients who participate in Group Therapy will be given a Superbill at the end of each group, which will be coded with the services provided, for submission to their insurance for whatever reimbursement they provide for out of network group therapy services. In our experience, patients with PPO insurance often receive 50-80% of the group therapy fee back from many of their insurances. We recommend that you contact your individual insurance to inquire about your out-of-network mental health and group therapy reimbursement rates.

        FORMS TO FILL OUT PRIOR TO YOUR FIRST GROUP EXPERIENCE at SOUTH COAST PSYCHIATRY:
        Group Therapy Treatment Consent Form: an informed consent about the risks and benefits of Group Therapy, to enable our clinicians at South Coast Psychiatry to engage in Group Therapy with you
        Group Therapy Credit Card Authorization: authorization for South Coast Psychiatry to use your credit card to hold your place in our limited-space groups
        Consent for Release of Information: to enable the facilitator to contact your referring clinician, coordinate your care, and communicate about your progress in the group
        How can Group Therapy help you?
        • Group Therapy is typically an augmentation for individual work, centered around creating a life worth living. It's about working out conflicts, standing up for yourself, creating healthy relationships, expressing and learning from your emotions, tolerating the difficult times, and creating more positive experiences in your life
        • Group Therapy is about awareness. Do you ever feel like living your life is like stumbling through a dark room and banging into furniture? You are not sure where you're going or what is in the way, and you get angry every time you stub your toe? Group Therapy will help you turn the lights on. It's about waking up, opening your eyes, and being fully present in each moment.
        • Each of the skills you learn in Group Therapy can help you on your journey in life. They can also help you in your everyday existence, to improve your relationship with others as well as yourself.
          More information about Dialectical Behavioral Thearapy (DBT):
          What is DBT?
          • DBT, also known as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, is designed to help people change patterns of behavior that are not helpful
          • Dialectical means the coming together of two seemingly opposite viewpoints and seeing the truth in everyone's point of view
          • DBT combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a branch of Western Psychology, with Mindfulness, a blend of Eastern philosophies
            *Mindfulness is at the root of each section, and is repeated in every DBT class

            Who can benefit from DBT?

            DBT is particularly helpful for people who:

            • People who grew up in invalidating environments
            • People who are sensitive and attuned to others
            • People whose emotions go up and down and are slow to return to baseline
              DBT will teach you to learn and apply skills that will give you the tools to effectively handle uncomfortable situations/distress and to decrease unhealthy, ineffective coping strategies.

              DBT is divided into three sections:

              • Emotional Regulation : you will learn about where emotions come from, different types of emotions, and develop a deeper understanding of the purpose of emotions. Did you ever have an emotion and then feel angry or guilty about it? This section will teach you about your emotions and give you the skills you need to avoid vulnerability to negative emotions and to create more opportunities for positive emotions in your life.
              • Interpersonal Effectiveness : Do you struggle in relationships with others? Do you want to create healthy boundaries? Do you want to learn how to stand up for yourself and still maintain your relationship, self-respect and/or core values? This section will teach relationship skills along with how to prioritize what you want out of a relationship and then how to actually achieve your goal.
              • Distress Tolerance : Have you ever been in a situation that was so overwhelming that you didn't know if you would make it through? Later, you might analyze this situation with your therapist or a friend, but while it is going on, you just feel you need to get through it. This section teaches skills on how to survive a crisis or a situation in which emotions are running high.
              • Please contact South Coast Psychiatry to find out more about our other types of Group Therapy, and for more information about our individual, couples, family or group therapy at 714-556-5004, or email us at info@southcoastpsychiatry.com . Group lists (and wait-lists for our groups) are forming now, as there are limited spaces available to provide a close, intimate group setting for our group therapy experiences. 
                Please contact South Coast Psychiatry to find out more about our other types of Group Therapy, and for more information about our individual, couples, family or group therapy at 714-556-5004 , or email us at info@southcoastpsychiatry.com . Group lists (and wait-lists for our groups) are forming now, as there are limited spaces available to provide a close, intimate group setting for our group therapy experiences. 
                If you are looking for a group experience that you don't see currently listed, please call us and let us know. We want to be responsive to the needs of our patients and our community, so if you are interested in a specific group we are not currently offering, we'd be happy to take requests, and we can start an interest list for a particular topic. If we get enough interested participants, we will consider creating a specific group tailored to requests, if we believe we have the in-house expertise to be able to therapeutically address it in a group setting, and if a large enough number of patients specifically request it and would benefit from it. 
                On behalf of all of us at South Coast Psychiatry, we look forward to hearing from you!
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