Group Therapy

Interpersonal Psychotherapy Group

Description:
Group psychotherapy is an effective form of psychotherapy which helps individuals identify with other group members, get support and feedback from other group members and reduce individuals' experience of isolation. The Interpersonal Psychotherapy Group is led by psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Corpuel. This psychotherapy group is helpful for people with various psychological issues but is especially helpful for people who have challenges in their interpersonal relationships. The group is designed to help group members better understand themselves, function more effectively in their psychological lives and work through interpersonal problems. The group can assist members with working through a variety of psychological issues such as developing healthy interpersonal relationships, improving one's communication skills, dealing with trauma, developing a healthy sense of self, and understanding one's thoughts and feelings. The group can also help members with their relationships with family, significant others, coworkers and friends. The group focuses on a range of topics including the "here and now" interactions in group in order to allow members to recognize and work through their interpersonal difficulties as they arise in group. The group is designed to have six to eight members along with the group therapist, Dr. Corpuel. The group is gender inclusive and open to adults 18 years of age or older. It is an ongoing and open-ended group with new members coming in and old members (who have completed therapy) leaving. Potential group members must have at least two individual sessions with Dr. Corpuel. These sessions will assess the member's appropriateness for group, determine if this psychotherapy group is a good fit for the member and the group and prepare the member for group psychotherapy. To schedule a screening session please contact PsychStrategies intake coordinator, Linda Broccolino, at 707 303-3243.

Structure:
The group meets for one and a half hours on Tuesdays from 5:15 to 6:45. The group therapy will be divided into three sections: Agenda-taking, discussion and wrap-up. When new members are present an introduction will take place at the beginning of group.

Group Rules:

  1. Everything talked about in group is confidential and stays in group. Group members may not reveal the names or identities of other group members. Members may talk with people outside the group about their own individual experience in group but may not talk about other group members or reveal any identifying information about other group members. The only confidentiality exceptions are the therapist's exceptions (as outlined on Page 3 of this document).
  2. Group must be a safe environment and group members will use words not physical actions to express themselves.
  3. Significant interactions with other group members outside of group are discouraged. However, if a significant outside interaction with another group member does occur, the members must inform the group of the interaction.
  4. Regular attendance is expected in group.
  5. If a group member is going to be absent from a group session he or she is asked to notify the group of his or her absence with as much advanced notice as possible. Notification can occur in a prior group or by telephoning Dr. Corpuel before the group session.
  6. The fee for each group session is $55. (This fee may differ for group members whose insurance plans are contracted with PsychStrategies and Dr. Corpuel.)
  7. Since a group member's place in group cannot be filled by anyone else group members will be charged for missed sessions. Except for medical emergencies and three advanced scheduled vacation days per year group members will be charged for missed sessions from group.
  8. Since insurance companies will not pay for missed sessions group members must pay the full fee of the missed group session.
  9. The amount of the full fee for a group session is $55. This amount may change if there are changes in the group fee or reimbursement rates of a group member's insurance plan. If there is any change in the group fee, Dr. Corpuel will discuss this with the group.
  10. Group members are to pay Dr. Corpuel their copays and fees for group sessions in advance by paying for all of the month's sessions before the first group session of each month.
  11. When group members are considering terminating the group they are asked to talk about this decision in group. If a member has decided to leave group he or she must inform group of the termination at least 3 weeks before termination.

Expectations:
Group members: Members are asked to abide by group rules, be regular in their attendance, be on time for group, turn cell phones off before group, plan group agenda items prior to group, be willing to talk about one's interpersonal and psychological difficulties, listen to other group members, be as open and honest as possible, take appropriate risks in group, and help make group a safe environment.

Therapist: The therapist is responsible for creating a safe group environment, keeping the time and membership boundaries, helping members better understand themselves, helping members work through their psychological difficulties, facilitating group members' insight through interpreting the group's "here and now" interactions, and making connections between group members' histories and current interactions.