Process Groups

The process groups held by Integrated Life Services meet once a week for 90 minutes. These groups have no more than eight members and are conducted by two therapists, Mr. James O’Keefe and Dr. Sarah Kallick. Topics discussed in the groups are selected by the group members and may involve problematic or emotionally painful situations which occur outside of the group.

The primary focus of process groups, however, is the interpersonal interactions which occur during the group session and the emotions and issues arising out of these interactions, i.e., the group process. Group members are encouraged by the therapists to explore interpersonal interactions that occur within the group in an effort to acquire insight and to practice interpersonal skills which can be generalized to situations outside of the group. The resulting increase in self-awareness, self-confidence and the ability to form and maintain healthier relationships can augment the benefits obtained through psychiatric treatment and individual therapy. An individual can participate in group therapy, psychiatric treatment and individual therapy concurrently.

Members of process groups can remain as group members as long as they wish and are benefiting. Some patients have been members of their groups for several years. However, only a good faith commitment of four months is asked of new members.

Currently, there are two process groups being held at Integrated Life Services, one on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and one on Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Wednesday group incorporates mindfulness practice and concepts derived from Schema Therapy.