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Don’t Let False Beliefs About Group Therapy Stop You From Participating

In psychology we say it’s easier to change your behavior than to change  your attitudes and beliefs. And when it comes to group therapy, negative attitudes and beliefs regarding the practice might be preventing you from giving it a try.

So let me put a positive spin on some beliefs that might stop you from joining a group.

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“In group therapy, I’ll have to listen to the others and not be heard myself.”

Unfortunately, this is too often the experience of some people in their families of origin. They are never truly seen or heard.

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How Effective Group Therapy Leaders Help with Depression & Anxiety

The effective group therapist will help switch the focus from the self-absorption of being anxious or depressed to re-entry into the world of the living.

In these groups we practice using our sense of humor to activate ourselves—but not in a way that group members will feel put down or made fun of. The group therapist will help the group discuss how often we become anxious or depressed to avoid taking an important action or making a decision. Within the context of trust and safety, the group will encourage you to take the risk of being un-depressed and feeling calm—which may be a new and unfamiliar experience for you.

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Sweetheart Deal Between Insurance Companies and Hospital Systems Concerning Group Therapy Reimbursement

Today I want to draw attention to the sweetheart deal that seems to exist between insurance companies and hospital systems concerning reimbursement for group therapy treatment provided for patients. This fact came to my attention recently when a patient was treated in group therapy for one month at Herrick Hospital in Berkeley, a Sutter Health Affiliate.  Blue Shield of California was billed for 20 sessions of group therapy at a rate of $1400.00 per group session for a total of $28,000.00.  Blue Shield reimbursed the Sutter Affiliate at that rate.

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Group Therapy Can Be a Solution for Over-Crowded Prisons Rather Than a Technique of Shame at California Corrections

Governor Brown and his Attorney General, Kamala Harris, have the opportunity to make some changes in California Corrections, including eliminating a costly and unethical practice. A well planned and managed program of group therapy for prisoners placed on probation can be part of the solution for overcrowded prisons in California instead of its current use as a technique of shame.

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