The Journey to Oz
Dorothy probably could have made it to the Emerald Land of Oz by herself. After all, she had those magical ruby red slippers. But, the journey down the yellow brick road would have been lonely, diminished, and certainly less exciting without the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion.
Dorothy’s fellow travelers, each longing and in search of something to make them whole, enriched her mission. They held hands, stuck together, and completed the tasks needed better together than they ever could as individuals.
Welcome to the world of group therapy… a rare cost-effective opportunity to “practice” relating in a safe setting that affords curiosity, learning, risk-taking and unprecedented progressive emotional and relational gain.
In other words, …Sit. Stay. Grow. Wow.
The power of group therapy as a transformative experience is truly miraculous. Same time each week. Same people. Same leader who is committed to your individual growth as it flourishes in a new healthier family.
Defenses come to light. Edges soften. Maturational holes fill in. Attachments form. Character changes. Intimacy develops. Personalities blossom. Human beings thrive.
What’s not to love?
In fact, in this article from the American Psychology Association, group has been shown to be just as effective—if not more so—than individual therapy.
Because, those that are successful in groups are successful in life.
I offer a multitude of groups in my practice:
- Modern Analytic Group for Individual Adults. These groups focus on working in the immediate – putting your thoughts and feelings into words in the moment toward the other members. Attention is given to being authentic to yourself and your experience while staying in relationship – without having to sacrifice one for the other. Meets weekly.
- Couples Process Groups. Five couples give one another an inside look as to what it is really like to live in their partnership. The couples support, push and prod each other toward more mature relating. Meets bi-weekly, two Tuesday evenings a month on Zoom.
- Therapist Training Group. An experiential learning opportunity—discover how to run a modern analytic process group while being in a group. Closed to those in the profession. Meets weekly on Zoom.
- Therapist Process Group. Same as above but closed to those in the profession. Hours can be gained toward licensure. Meets monthly.
Don’t go down the yellow brick road alone. Having companions will enliven the journey. Promise.
I just want to thank you for a truly remarkable job leading our group. Your hard work is evident in your immense skill set.
W.J., Former Group Member
Thank you for giving me the life I always wanted.
B.J., Former Group Member
I think you are great. Your insight is helpful to everyone. I have heard from several members that they feel this is a life changer.
B.B., Former Group Member
I would recommend Ginger without reservation.
M.K., Former Supervisor of an Inpatient Group Program
The group therapy, with its here-and-now focus, has enabled the client quickly to reach a level of emotional experience and insight that had eluded him before. The group is making a true and profound difference in his way of relating and his sense of himself, resulting in a significant lessening of his long-term depression. I believe it is through Ginger’s sensitive preparation of the client and facilitation of the group process that the patient has been able to make these changes in short-order. Ginger’s interventions include a combination of supportive yet appropriately challenging and incisive observations. They clearly reflect her skill as a group therapist. I strongly endorse Ginger.
B.M., Professional Colleague
Ginger remained grounded in group. She encouraged all to be involved. She was direct and educational.
D.W., Former Group Member
She was an excellent, containing group leader. Transparent didactic session.
P.E., Former Group Member
Loved Ginger as a facilitator. Great role model
D.C., Former Group Member
Going to group therapy with Ginger is such a gift. I gained more than I could have ever imagined. You develop these real relationships with the people in your group that help you see yourself and how you interact with others in a different way. You get an insight I’m not sure how you’d gain any other way. Those relationships were meaningful in of themselves – challenging and loving and deep – but they also drastically improved my relationships outside of group. My life just feels lighter and I’m so, so grateful.
K.W., Former Group Member
Group counseling has forever changed the way I connect with others and the ultimate feeling of deep connection with those closest to me. Ginger helped me break down my façade, which I used to simply mirror back what others wanted out of me. I learned to show up in an open and honest way – to not shy away from talking about my feelings. I had always had a particularly hard time connecting with men for this reason – we are not taught how to share our emotions with each other. But learning how to do this – how to open up to others and create the space for them to do the same – has truly changed my life. Ginger’s group sessions help you practice building authentic connections – ones that are healthy and fulfilling.
S.W., Former Group Member
Ginger was a brilliant leader. She exhibited flexibility, integration and deep skill.