Group Therapy

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Project Description

Patients have the opportunity to meet with others who may relate to their current condition. Depending on the size and nature of the groups, the setup of group therapy will vary. Typically, groups may have as many as 12 people or as few as 4 people. Groups meet under the supervision of a therapist who guides the sessions. Depending on the group’s needs, our therapists will guide the questions and discussions to bring out the most productive group session.

Advantages of Group Therapy

Group therapy instills hope.
By meeting with others who can relate, or who also face life struggles, patients see they are not alone. In a group setting, patients may share stories or offer information to encourage and support one another. The power of relating to one another and encouraging one another often enables patients to make life changes. In addition, patients may experience that their guilt, stress or pain is lessened in the company of others who can empathize or have been through similar situations. Those in the group experiencing progress or recovery will model new behaviors for other group members; those members, in turn, may be encouraged and find hope.

Building a Support System
Group therapy builds a support system and are formed based on a variety of conditions. Some of our groups have formed to assist patients through relational struggles, psychological disorders, family problems, grief and loss, body issues, stress and anxiety and more.

In group therapy, you can benefit from others even during sessions when you say very little. By carefully listening to others, many people find that they have important things in common with other group members. This often leads to learning more about yourself. Group members may also bring up issues that will strike a chord that you may not have been aware of in your own life. An important benefit of group therapy is the opportunity to receive feedback from other group members in a supportive environment. Group therapy provides a safe place to learn more about yourself and others.

Current Specialized Groups

  • Teen Group
  • Bipolar Disorder Group
  • Anxiety and Panic Group
  • Pain Class Group
  • Substance Abuse Relapse Prevention Groups:
    • Substance Abuse
    • Substance Abuse and Women’s Issues Group
    • Family Support Group

Support Groups:
Group Therapy is a series of therapy sessions that typically includes 5 – 12 current patients and 1 – 2 mental health professionals that will lead the group. Patients in the group are encouraged to discuss and share what is bothering them while providing feedback and support to others in the group. As a result of this form of therapy, patients given opportunities to learn from others, open up and not feel alone, and receive the necessary support to recovery.

TEEN GROUP

A therapeutic and educational group intended for ages 13 to 18 years old, struggling with anxiety, depression, school, family issues, and ADHD.

A safe place where teens have the opportunity for real honest exchanges and closeness with others their age. Teens will improve social skills, learn ways to cope, strengthen relationships with peers and gain a sense they are not alone. Group encourages freedom of discussion based on events happening in the teens lives.

Date: Every other Thursday
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Layton Clinic, 7300 W. Layton Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53220

Therapist/Group Leader: Joel Winston, LCSW
If you are interested or have questions, please contact our Layton Clinic at
414-281-1677

BIPOLAR GROUP

A therapeutic and educational support group for individuals experiencing bipolar disorder.

This is an ongoing, support group for individuals with bipolar disorder, a very misunderstood disorder. People will have the opportunity to connect with others and get the support and information they need.

Date: Every other Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: American Behavioral Clinics, 9720 W. Bluemound Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53226

Therapist/Group Leader: Joel Winston, LCSW
If you are interested or have questions, please contact our Bluemound Clinic at
414-774-1794

ANXIETY & PANIC DISORDER GROUP

A therapeutic and educational support group for individuals experiencing anxiety and panic disorder.

This is an ongoing, support group for individuals struggling with generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. People will find themselves in a supportive environment that encourages cognitive-behavioral health techniques.

Date: Every other Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: American Behavioral Clinics, 9720 W. Bluemound Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53226

Therapist/Group Leader: Joel Winston, LCSW
If you are interested or have questions, please contact our Bluemound Clinic at
414-774-1794

PAIN CLASS GROUP

A therapeutic and educational support group for individuals experiencing chronic pain.

Benefit from the guidance of Dr. Constamz Hartney, who has specialized as a pain psychologist for decades, and the perspectives and thoughts of others with similar chronic pain experiences as you. Learn coping and management skill by joining this group.

Date: Every other Wednesday
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: American Behavioral Clinics, 10424 W Bluemound Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53226

Therapist/Group Leader: Joel Winston, LCSW
If you are interested or have questions, please contact our Bluemound Clinic at 414-774-1794

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND RELAPSE PREVENTION GROUPS

After care is critical to maintaining a healthy and sober life. Its primary goal is to prevent relapse or a return to drug and/or alcohol abuse. In addition to this, it’s supports a person in maintaining a healthy and fulfilling life.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE GROUPS:Relapse Prevention
Learn about the trigger and the challenges of addiction in an open, supportive, and relaxed setting that includes both group and, in some cases, one-on-one counseling. Through education and social support of your peers and counselor, you’ll learn how to change your thinking and behaviors and begin to turn your life around for the better.

Date: Every Monday
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: American Behavioral Clinics, 10424 W. Bluemound Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53226

Therapist/Group Leader: Christine Hansburg-Hotson, LCSW, CSAC, CEAP, ICSE
If you are interested or have questions, please contact our Bluemound Clinic at 414-774-1794

Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Layton Clinic, 7330 W. Layton Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53220

Therapist/Group Leader: Megan Ludwikowski, CSAC
If you are interested or have questions, please contact our Layton Clinic at 414-281-1677

Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Layton Clinic, 7330 W. Layton Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53220

Therapist/Group Leader: Megan Ludwikowski, CSAC
If you are interested or have questions, please contact our Layton Clinic at 414-281-1677

SUBSTANCE ABUSE & WOMEN’S ISSUES

A therapeutic and educational group for women who have gender-specific mental health and addiction treatment needs.

Benefit from this compassionate group for women as the necessary tools and support are provided to take back the control of your life. Learn and practice recovery skills and identify with other women who share similar experiences by joining this group.

Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: Layton Clinic, 7330 W. Layton Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53220

Therapist/Group Leader: Megan Ludwikowski, CSAC
If you are interested or have questions, please contact our Layton Clinic at 414-281-1677

FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP

Family members – especially parents – are often left to handle a loved one’s addictions without support. Groups provide a confidential and safe place for family members, caregivers, and loved ones of individuals recovering from drug and alcohol problems. Benefit from the support, education, encouragement, recovery resources and hope for their own paths to recovery for life.

Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Bluemound Clinic, 10424 W Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53226

Therapist/Group Leader: Liz Arroyo, LPC
If you are interested or have questions, please contact our Bluemound Clinic at 414-774-1794