Groups

Psychoeducational Groups

The Men’s Group

This educational group is for men of all ages who would like to explore the challenges of manhood and masculinity.  Issues pertaining to career, dating and romantic relationships, fatherhood, health/stress management, divorce, substance abuse, and significant life transitions (e.g., having a child, beginning a new job/career, financial challenges, etc.) are addressed in a supportive environment with the aim of cultivating self-knowledge, sound decision-making, emotionally stability, and interpersonal growth. Didactic presentations are followed by ample time for discussion. The group meets the first and third Saturday of every month, 9:00 to 10:00 AM, at the Laguna Hills office location.

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The Relationship Group 

This educational group is for men and women who would like to explore the challenges faced in romantic relationships.  This group is appropriate for singles, divorced persons, married persons, and those who are involved in a significant relationship. Didactic presentations focus on a range of issues including boundaries, attachment, love addiction, love avoidance, co-dependence, narcissistic and borderline character structures, early developmental influences on relationship dynamics, sexual compulsivity, and the application of mindfulness and Buddhist psychology to romantic love. The group meets the first and third Saturday of every month, 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM, at the Laguna Hills office location.

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Parenting in the 21st Century: An Educational Support Group for Parents

This group is for parents who seek support and education about the challenges they face in parenting their children. It is unfortunate that the work of researchers, theorists and clinicians who have amassed a considerable knowledge base on parenting and family dynamics rarely, if ever, actually reaches parents — precisely the ones who can benefit from this information! Organizing and translating this knowledge into pragmatic, easy-to-understand principles that parents may then apply to actual parenting dilemmas is the driving force for establishing this group. The specific goals of this group are twofold: (1) to serve as a supportive forum for parents to share their struggles about parenting and to hear the challenges other parents are having, and (2) to present key concepts, ideas and approaches to parenting from the scientific research, psychological theory, and pragmatic skill-building approaches. The group meets on occasional Saturday mornings; also, a new web-based interactive tele-seminar series will be forming soon.

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Previous topics discussed at the Men’s Group and the Dating & Relationship Group are available for review here.

Psychotherapy Groups

Relational Process Psychotherapy Groups

For those who want a more intensive experience than psychoeducation, a psychotherapy process group may be an appropriate option.  This psychotherapeutic experience consists of ongoing group sessions in which individuals come together for relational contact, support and learning.  The group is devised to help people identity and understand their “blindspots” which may hinder their interpersonal lives and overall level of contentment. Often, these blindspots are not detectable in individual psychotherapy (neither by the patient nor the therapist) and are seldom made available for reflection in one’s everyday life.  The major focus of the group is on the relational dynamics that emerge  between group members. These dynamics are “freeze-framed” in the group sessions and closely inspected, a process that will hopefully yield discoveries, insights, and positive change.  Two psychotherapy process groups meet on the first and third Saturday of every month at the Laguna Hills office location; the first psychotherapy group meets 10:15 to 11:30 AM, and the second meets 1:15 to 2:30 PM.  

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