The former therapist periodically offered women's therapy groups for incest and sexual abuse survivors, codependency issues, eating disorders, and other various issues. All clients were expected to also be in individual therapy either here or with an outside primary therapist. Participants were asked to make a 6 month commitment to the group and attend weekly. With this closed format, a higher level of trust could be formed and more healing could occur. Once in awhile short-term structured groups were also available but the longer term commitment always seemed to be the best for the issues that were focused on.
Groups typically lasted 80-90 minutes and met weekly. Before being added to the group, all clients needed to complete a free telephone screening session with the therapist to insure that the group was appropriate for them. New clients also needed to complete a one time intake session for clinical assessment and treatment planning.
Groups were closed once formed with new clients only being added after the initial time commitment had been made and all clients agreed to adding people. In this way, clients were able to count on the other group members adhering to the group rules and to the commitment to the group.
The exception to the longer term commitment and weekly attendance was with our monthly equine assisted groups for veterans and their families. These groups were offered on more of a drop in basis with the only expectation being that people signed up each month so we could plan on the number of supplies needed and the exercises in the arena.
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