What to Expect from Online Group Therapy with Catalyss Counseling
Updated: Feb 16
Did you know that Catalyss Counseling now offers online group therapy options? When COVID-19 began to impact Colorado in March 2020, we brainstormed options of providing our counseling services to even more people throughout Colorado, and came up with the idea of offering online or virtual group therapy options. We knew that mental health treatment and emotional wellness would be critical during all of the change and upheaval from coronavirus, and we knew that we wanted to offer as many services online versus in-person as we were able to. Our research indicated that online groups can be just as effective as in-person groups, and they also tend to be more affordable, so we set out to create a few groups.
First Steps to Get Enrolled
If you are already a client of Catalyss Counseling and working with one of our most excellent therapists, it is likely that your therapist has already talked to you about our group offerings. Or maybe you’ve seen updates in our weekly emails about the groups and how to get more information about them. Even if you’re not already a current Catalyss Counseling client, it is very easy to get started. There is a dedicated page on our website for Group Therapy that talks about the benefits of group therapy, how it works online, what groups we are offering, and how to get started. Here are three easy steps you can take right now to get started:
Complete a Group Interest Form and our scheduling assistant will contact you within 24 hours
Schedule a 20-minute FREE phone consultation to find out what groups might be best for you!
Before Your Group Therapy Gets Started
Ok, before you commit to doing group therapy with Catalyss Counseling, you may want to know what our online group counseling is like. Before you ever attend a group, you will have a chance to meet online with your group facilitator either via an intake appointment (if you are new to Catalyss Counseling) or a brief introduction appointment if you are already a Catalyss Counseling client. This will give you a chance to get to know the group facilitator and for her to learn about your treatment concerns and discuss how group may benefit you.
Getting Set Up for Your Group Therapy Session
Catalyss Counseling uses a secure video platform for group therapy appointments, either via Google Meets or Zoom. The morning before your group therapy session, you will get a reminder text of the group, and then the day of the group you’ll get an email including the link for the group session. At the time of your group, all you need to do is click on the link that was sent to you using either a computer with a camera and microphone, or your smart phone. You do need to make sure you are in a confidential place in your home or work to protect the confidentiality of all group members.
During Your Group Therapy Session
You, the other group members, and your therapist will all be online at the same time in group online meeting. You will be able to see the names and faces of each other group member and the facilitator on your screen, and hear what others say. Most likely, your group facilitator will review Group Rules at the beginning of the first group session that sets the structure and expectations for the group and each member. Depending on the topic of the group and type of group, your facilitator may ask a round of questions, have you utilize the Chat box to write down what you want to discuss during the group, or present a specific topic or skill to be learned. Discussion will be actively encouraged, and the group leader may remind you to be honest and open about yourself throughout the duration of the group.
If you’re still unsure if online group therapy with Catalyss Counseling is for you, check out our blog The Surprising Benefits of Group Therapy or Group vs. Individual Therapy: Which is Better? The therapists at Catalyss Counseling are specially trained to do online group therapy, and we have seen great responses to treatment from our group members. If you are interested in a group and we do not offer a specific group for your treatment issue or topic, let us know! Maybe we’ll get one started. We believe passionately that group counseling can be very effective, and we love our online groups. Hope to see you in a group soon!
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How We Can Help
If you are interested in therapy at Catalyss Counseling and would like to talk to someone more about how we can help you, follow these simple steps:
Contact us today for a free 20-minute phone consultation
Begin your journey towards a calmer, more relaxing life
Other Therapy Services Available at Catalyss Counseling:
We want to meet all of your counseling needs in the Denver area. Our supportive therapists provide depression counseling, therapy for caregiver stress, grief and loss therapy, stress management counseling and more. We also have specialists in trauma and PTSD, women's issues, pregnancy and postpartum depression or anxiety, pregnancy loss and miscarriage, and birth trauma. For therapists, we can also provide clinical supervision! We look forward to connecting with you to help support your journey today.
Shannon Heers is a psychotherapist, guest blogger, and owner of Catalyss Counseling in Englewood, CO. Shannon helps adults in professional careers manage anxiety, depression, work-life balance, and grief and loss. Follow Catalyss Counseling on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.