Group Therapy

In my office, Group Therapy is about getting on with moving on. It is for people who are ready to share, discuss, and plan their lives with the help and support of other individuals. The group process develops sharing of common concerns, how others may have faced these concerns, and a sense of hope for future growth and development.

Group Therapy is therapy that happens in a small group of individuals (6-12 members). The group meets with a trained group therapist for the purpose of personal growth and healing. Members agree to maintain confidentiality -- to not discuss any group content outside the group. During the group meetings, members decide what they want to talk about. While openness is encouraged, no one is forced to reveal information that they choose to keep private.

Group therapy is not about the therapist/facilitator performing individual therapy with each group member in front of other people.

Through interacting with others in the group, members learn and understand more about themselves and their effect on others outside the group through the feedback they receive from their fellow group members. People in the group provide emotional support and fellowship for one another. In this environment where trust and safety are built, members can express their thoughts and feelings more freely than they may be able to do outside the group -- even with others with whom they are closest. As the therapist, I help keep the group on track and promote an environment appropriate for sharing, feedback and support. Group therapy is similar to support groups with regard to alleviation of symptoms, enhancing coping, offering alternatives and providing comfort, but change is also emphasized, especially in the area of interpersonal relating. Support groups and group therapy are both led by a trained therapist, whereas in self-help groups, a professional is usually not appointed as a leader.

 

 

Dr. Jim Wayland

Dr. Jim Wayland has been in private practice over 30 years.  His focus is with adults and adult issues.  Jim’s approach to psychotherapy has been nationally recognized for offering positive, can-do results to people who have been struggling with significant life-difficulties, trauma, and emotional discouragement.

Jim uses psychodynamic and behavioral psychology methods to provide effective, efficient lasting results.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Fellow in the Association of Scientific Hypnotherapy, and is certified in Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).  Jim uses his education and his experience in helping people suffering from personal crisis, emotional and physical trauma, addiction, stress-related illness, and chronic pain.

Dr. Wayland’s research background has been in Neuropsychology and the Psychophysiology of Hypnosis. He is also experienced in college teaching, public speaking, mentoring and coaching.  He is known nationally and internationally for his work with addictions – alcohol, drugs and sexual addictions.  Jim is a member of the Texas Medical Association’s Speakers Bureau.  He is noted for having a unique ability to connect with others using skills of insight, experience, and finding the truths which circumstances have often hidden.