Group Psychotherapy Services

Group Psychotherapy in Berkeley, CA

Group Psychotherapy is a highly developed therapeutic approach.  Sometimes group psychotherapy alone is an appropriate modality for given people and sometimes it’s a valuable adjunct to individual psychotherapy.  Regardless of the particular character of a group, based on certain things the members may have in common, the basic principles of group psychotherapy are the same.  The principle reason group psychotherapy is an effective modality is the same as it is for individual psychotherapy.  That is, it is based on interpersonal relationship.  In individual psychotherapy the relationship is between two people one of whom is trained to make the relationship useful to the other person in their life with other people and with themselves.  In group psychotherapy the psychotherapist has the same function but it’s more complex as the material that arises involves all the people in the group.  It is for this reason that it is desirable for the group to have co-therapists.

Leonard Schwartzburd has many years of experience in leading groups in various settings and participating in group psychotherapy.  Our primary professional affiliation is the American Academy of Psychotherapists (AAP).  The Academy has two national meetings a year and there are regional meetings as well.  At these meetings in addition to didactic learning we psychotherapists meet in groups led by other members of the Academy on a rotational basis.  For a number of reasons, though these groups are not called “psychotherapy” they provide opportunities for both personal and professional growth, and indeed the two go hand in hand.

At present we do not have any groups going.  We would like to start some groups but at this point don’t have the time to actively pursue doing so because putting one together is very time consuming.  If you are interested in being in a group with us please let us know as that could be the beginning of a mutually beneficial process of starting a group.  If there is an existing group of people who would like to explore meeting with us please contact us.

Such an already existing group may not desire psychotherapy but may rather want organizational development of an interpersonal nature.  We can provide that service too.

We Provide Services To:

The Berkeley Institute provides services to Berkeley, Oakland, Albany, El Cerrito, Piedmont, Emeryville, Orinda, Alameda, San Leandro, Hayward, Walnut Creek, Richmond, El Sobrante, San Pablo, LaFayette, San Rafael, San Francisco, Tiburon, Sausalito and surrounding areas.

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