Ask Ari


Starting Group Therapy


Ari Jacobson, LCPC


May 1, 2019

I see you’re starting group therapy. Can groups really help me?

Group therapy can be intimidating. Sitting in a room, filled with what appear to be strangers, trying to convince yourself this group will therapeutically help you stay focused on your goals. The group hasn’t even begun, and we are already confident this was a waste of our time. And then suddenly the door shuts and the group leader walks in. Building support networks can often be the most difficult task we set for ourselves. It can be frustrating trying to find others who are likeminded, willing to celebrate our successes, and mourn similar failures. It can be easy to isolate, and believe that others would never understand your struggles.

Group therapy has been found to be one of the most effective therapeutic approaches available today. Paired with consistent individual therapy, groups can allow people to explore how others have coped with similar problems, while also providing encouragement to members by increasing their level of support and empathy.

At times, it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking no one will ever understand our struggles. Unhealthy negative self-talk is a common “coping skill” many of us have incorporated into our daily thought processes. But instead, let’s develop a new routine where we can break free from our negative thought patterns and return to the positive thoughts that left us long ago.

We can create a strong group culture that encourages support to others, and the development of a strong path moving forward. Group therapy can be a stepping stone allowing us to learn from others, and create therapeutic bonds focused solely on a collective vision forward.

Contact Aspire to learn more about the various groups we offer and how they can help you take that next step forward. Call 443-442-1568 and let’s start building a new support network together.

I began working as a mental health worker for preschool children with behavioral and developmental delays while attending college and I found that I really enjoyed that type of work. As a result, I pursued a master's degree in applied psychology with a concentration in counseling from the University of Baltimore. I have been working in the substance abuse field for over three years, and I have specialized in working with adult abusers of domestic violence, as well as abusers in same sex relationships. I also have extensive experience as an "in house" drug and alcohol counselor for two Baltimore city public schools. In my free time, I go to as many concerts/comedy shows as I can, I never miss a Ravens or Orioles game, and I play lacrosse and basketball.

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