Group Therapy

Group therapy is regarded as having the highest efficacy for recovery for many complex mental health diagnoses and serves as the foundation for many of our flagship programs, such as our 90 Day Intensive Group Program.

Group therapy for Occupational Stress Injury involves several mechanisms that offer benefit and effectiveness beyond those provided by an individual format. Often Uniformed Personnel and First Responders have many years of continued traumatic experiences which may include other traumas such as childhood or motor vehicle prior to their service. When layers of events occur, we term this chronic or complex trauma.

The following provides a brief overview of the spectrum of Trauma:

  • Acute Trauma: A single time limited event
  • Chronic Trauma: Multiple traumatic exposures and/or events over extended periods of time
  • Complex Trauma: Experiences of multiple traumatic events and the impact of exposure to these events
  • Toxic Stress: Adverse experiences that lead to strong, frequent, prolonged activation of the body’s stress response system
  • Secondary/Vicarious Trauma: Exposure to the trauma of others by providers, family members, partners or friends in close contact with the traumatized individual

Clients with chronic or complex trauma are often socially isolated and have difficulty trusting others. Groups provide a safe therapeutic environment for clients to become socially connected to others, create an opportunity to build trust and can be an emotionally corrective experience.

Group treatment also offers opportunity to normalize symptoms by engaging with others who have similar experiences. Because clients with histories of trauma struggle with intense emotions and symptoms such as, dissociation, hyper arousal and reliving, group work can be very containing. Occutrauma intensive groups are specifically designed for those with chronic or complex trauma histories.

Not everyone wants to particpate in a group and not everyone is ready to particpate in a group. Our assessment process provides direction for which services are required, when they are required and in what order. For example, group therapy may be recommended following indivdual therapies.