Process Groups

In process oriented group therapy, six to eight adult individuals meet weekly to talk about members' concerns. Starting with first impressions and evolving over weeks, months and even years, meaningful and intimate interpersonal relationships develop. Members learn each others' tendencies, defenses, emotions, and ways of relating. In the safety of the therapeutic container, our therapists encourage, support, and challenge group members to share their impressions of one another in the spirit of mutual growth. As the group grows, what unfolds is magnificent - productive conflict, a culture of accountability, unwavering support, and an atmophere of honest feedback. Although group members often feel uncertain about when and how to share initially, these fears tend to diminish as trust and camaraderie develop

Our process groups tend to run at capacity so we always have a waiting list for new groups, which start once there are a sufficient number of interested participants. Also, new members are admitted to existing groups when current members complete their therapy. When adding a new member to a group, our therapists take good care to notify current members that a new person will be joining. Because group therapy members often need time to feel safe and secure with others, we take good care to prepare the group for new members. 

Our Process Group therapists are below. The best way to learn more or to see about joining a group is to email Josh Singh at jsingh@chicagocounselingservices.com who coordinates these groups. Dominique Barnes-Walker and Darnell Motley are also Process Groups facilitators.