Group Counseling

Heal Together

Sometimes, the best way through is with the support of others.


What is group counseling?

In group counseling approximately 6-12 individuals meet face-to-face with a trained group therapist

Group counseling is a shared therapeutic experience which includes the presence of others who are working through similar issues. The focus can be on interpersonal relationships or on particular concerns shared by the group members, and is offered to help people reach a myriad of different therapeutic goals.

When people come into a group setting and interact freely with other members, they usually recreate those difficulties that brought them together in the first place. Under the direction of the therapist, the group is able to give support, offer alternatives, and comfort members in such a way that these difficulties become resolved and alternative behaviors are learned. This allows members to develop new ways of relating to people, and during group counseling, people begin to see that they are not alone and that there is hope and help. It is comforting to hear that other people have a similar difficulty, or have already worked through a problem.

Another reason for the success of group counseling is that people feel free to care about each other because of the climate of trust in a group. The psychological safety of the group will allow the expression of feelings which are often difficult to express outside their sessions. People might begin to ask for the support they need and be encouraged to tell people what is expected of them.


Groups Offered

Building Healthy Relationships Group teaches people relationship skills

As social creatures we are persistently in relationship with others. With such a variety of relationships: primary, casual, familial, former, work, and those with whom we don’t want to be in relationship but are none-the-less, we can’t ignore the inter-dependency of our species. What makes some relationships successful, peaceful, fulfilling, and what make others challenging, contentious, and draining?

During this 10-month exploration, you can learn about a topic each week to help you better understand the nuances of skillful relationship building. Research points to the impact healthy relationships have in aiding the reduction of anxiety and depression, while increasing self-esteem and the body’s natural immunity. Sleep patterns, blood pressure, and stress hormones are favorably impacted as well. Who doesn’t want more of these wonderfully natural mood and physical health elevators?

Valerie Wells, CADC, FSP, MRSS will be leading this revolving educational process group. Beginning May 7th, 2024, it is designed for flexibility, to attend sessions that fit your schedule and your interest. You may drop-in for weeks that pique your interest, commit to certain months, or plan for the full 10 months. Each month will highlight a topic and every week will be a deeper dive into an aspect of the topic. Make plans and register now as space is limited!

What: Building Healthy Relationships Group

When: Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30pm. Beginning May 7, 2024

Contact: Valerie Wells, CADC, FSP, MRSS or (314)605-6949

Registration: Email Valerie at include the dates of your attendance and your phone number in your registration.

Fee: $40 per session or $135 for each full month

Payment accepted: Apple Cash: Text to, Venmo @familyrecoverystl or use QR code

Family Solutions Group helps families detach from codependency

Are you struggling with a family member or loved one who has a substance abuse problem? Are their problems overwhelming you? The Family Solutions Group offers help to create healthier relationships and learn to break those unhealthy patterns. This eight-week class will teach you many helpful skills and includes topics such as Setting Strong Healthy Boundaries, Peace in the Midst of Change, and Self Care – It Matters. Counselor Valerie Wells, CADC, FSP, MRSS, leads the group.

What: Family Solutions Group: Your Loved One’s Addiction

When: Wednesdays, dates for next group TBA

Contact: Valerie Wells, CADC, FSP, MRSS – (314)605-6949 or

Fee: $350.00 for eight weeks


More Information

Group Counseling Information

Types of Groups

Groups are usually divided into two types, either “psychoeducational” or “process oriented.”

Psychoeducational Group

Essentially, a psychoeducational group is focused on providing information about specific topics in order to give additional resources or information. These kinds of groups are generally more structured; members will be provided with specific topics or modules to discuss and explore. The intention is to provide more information about the topic, which is often identified in the name of the group.

Process Oriented Group

Here, the focus is on the experience of being in the group, itself, as the healing opportunity. For example, the process of expressing thoughts, feelings, and experiences in the group, “in the here and now” can be the very vehicle by which change is discovered.

When to Consider Group Therapy

People choose to join group therapy to supplement primary therapy, to give additional support, or as the sole component of healing work.  No matter what is addressed in therapy, group therapy allows the opportunity to share healing and experiences with other members. Many attending group therapy report that it as a way to know that they “are not alone” and that there are others, with similar experiences, who are supportive of them.

Group Logistics

What actually happens in each group depends on who attends, what is being discussed, and any specific “modalities” the therapist uses in group.  No matter what is addressed, change occurs as the group moves through various stages of development. The relationships, interactions, worked through conflicts, and discussions, offer many opportunities for growth, change, and restoration.

The criteria for joining a group depends on the intention of the group, what subject matter is to be addressed, and who would benefit the most from attending. Group guidelines, including confidentiality will likely be shared with all members at the beginning of the group or in an individual meeting with the group leader.

Source: DRB Alternatives, Inc.


The Group Counseling Team

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