Group therapy may not be the right fit for everyone but it can be in particular helpful for those who are on a budget, have never tried psychotherapy before or for the experienced therapy client who wants to get extra help with a particular goal. Alison, a NYC Therapist and Neurofeedback Trainer Coach and a group therapy advocate explains what to expect in group therapy and how in combination with mindfulness meditation and neurofeedback training it can be an effective tool to ease anxiety and cope with depression.
What to expect in group therapy
Group therapy looks different depending on the group and therapist facilitating of course. Groups may be open where drop-ins are welcomed, or closed, where the group may meet consistently for a specific amount of time like 6 Wednesdays in a row or every other Thursday for 8 weeks. Groups can be more process oriented or psycho educational in nature. During a group session you can expect time to get to know group members, time to explore a topic (like anxiety symptoms, life stressors, or major life adjustments), and time for the therapist to provide information and lead a discussion.
What about my anxiety?Group is a great place to tackle anxiety head on and to delve into any number of topics. With the support of a therapist and others who are dealing with anxiety, group can be safe space to talk about anxiety, learn more about how the anxious brain/mind/body works, and explore coping skills and strategies for combating anxiety and our worried thoughts. Finding support and asking for help can be hard sometimes, group therapy can help! If you want to know more about the next upcoming NYC Therapy Group this Fall, including my Anxiety Group click here to learn more or see below for more information.
What does it feel like when you have anxiety?
Symptoms may be; memory issues, overthinking, avoidance, stomach issues, panic attacks needing reassurance, procrastination, lack of patience, constant worrying, rapid heartbeat, insomnia, headached, trouble breathing...
Neurofeedback Training Is A Natural, Non-Invasive And Effective Choice In Reducing Anxiety And More.
"Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, PTSD, to name a few, can be very debilitating and challenging issues that many people deal with at points in their lives. Psychotherapy, Group Therapy and Neurofeedback Training are all effective tools that can help. "
– NYC Therapist & Neurofeedback Trainer Alison
How can I reduce anxiety naturally?
There are many ways to get relief from anxiety, we have discussed this topic before in our blog post "5 steps to calm down the 'Worrier Brain' for anxiety relief." See this link: . Besides a well balanced diet, exercise, good sleep regimen, there are two other helpful methods that can help calm down anxiety naturally. These two powerful tools are mindfulness meditation and neurofeedback training. One can learn mindfulness meditation online with apps, books, videos or find a meditation center near you to learn mindfulness in person and practice in a group. With Mindfulness meditation you can apply it everywhere, anytime. it is always available to you. Check out our mindfulness podcast on our blog post here.
A lesser known natural method is Neurofeedback Training. The system we use for sessions and home system rentals is called NeurOptimal neurofeedback. This advanced system is 100% safe, non-invasive, real time EEG that measures the electrical activity in your brain and then provides information back to your brain to what it is doing. One can say that NeurOptimal provides a high-tech mirror that lets the brain see what it is doing so that it can correct itself so it can rewire and optimize itself at the source – your central nervous system. We all have bad habits that translates into various conditions such as anxiety, depression, insomnia etc, but with this drug-free brain training method your brain will moment by moment, session by session, gently break out of those habitual pattern and become more resilient and flexible. As one of our neurofeedback rental clients said: "NeurOptimal was easy to use, cost efficient and extremely effective. My social anxiety has taken a back seat." .
NYC Group Therapy:
If interested in joining a Group Therapy in New York City this Fall, check out My WellBeing.com.
- Name of Group: My Wellbeing Anxiety Group in NYC
- Dates & Times: 9/12/18- 10/24/18 - Wednesdays at 1pm - 2pm.
- How to Apply: Email Alyssa at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space Is Limited.
Written by Alison Pepper, LCSW & NeurOptimal Neurofeedback Trainer
Alison Pepper is a Neurofeedback Trainer Coach, a Child and Family Therapist in NYC, working with families and children dealing with mental health issues; with an emphasis on trauma informed work. She's a bilingual therapist for over five years (fluent in both English and Spanish), SIFI certified, and a meditation teacher. She recently became a Certified NeurOptimal Neurofeedback Trainer at Neurofeedback Training Co. in New York City.
“I believe all people have the tools to heal ourselves; grow, learn, and reach our full potential. No matter what your age or life circumstances therapy is a safe space to do that work.”
More blog posts by Alison:Neurofeedback for Anxiety and Depression - overview page