Our Therapy Support Groups
The Neurofeedback & Counseling Center of Pennsylvania holds many therapy support groups throughout the year. These groups are designed to complement clients' therapy programs or serve as a primary therapy strategy for anyone interested in joining. Each support group runs for 6 weeks and meets for 1 hour per week at our office location in Harrisburg. We strive to maintain a small and intimate setting for each group, with participation capped at 7 people. We believe the small sizes of our groups help create a safer sharing environment, encourage camaraderie among group participants, and help group leaders craft a higher quality support environment.
Group fees are a one-time investment of $200. Read more information about our current support groups below. If you are interested in signing up for a group or would like additional information, please contact us via email or call (717) 202-2510.
Drug and Alcohol Support Group (Part 1)
We offer a 6-week therapy group for those who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction. Must be sober and wanting to maintain a sober lifestyle to participate in the group.
The Mindful Path to Recovery from Addiction (Part 2)
This support group for sober individuals is designed to educate participants about the concept of mindfulness and to teach mindfulness practice as a means of strengthening everyday coping skills in maintaining sobriety. This group will hold six weekly meetings with a focus on learning, practicing, and processing mindfulness strategies in the context of addiction recovery and re-entry into daily life. The goal of each session - and the group as a whole - is to educate, encourage, and support the inclusion of mindfulness practice in the daily lives of each group member.
This therapy group's specific goals include:
· Increase awareness of triggers, destructive patterns, and automatic reactions that have led to substance abuse in the past.
· Educate members and increase awareness of the process behind "craving," including addressing thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. This is accomplished with emphasis on the fact that these feelings are temporary, can be tolerated, and can ultimately be overcome with regular mindfulness practice.
· Teach and practice simple mindfulness exercises that can be done independently. Specifically, group members will work on the ability to pause, observe a present experience with acceptance, and identify the possible response options. As homework, group members will create a “toolbox” for distress tolerance and emotion regulation to help them feel a sense of efficacy and confidence when they find themselves in vulnerable moments.
· Learn the “language” of emotions and decrease the need or desire to numb an experience. Group members will develop the ability to lean into, experience, and learn from emotions that arise.
· Foster and develop self-compassionate and non-judgmental attitudes toward yourself and the process of recovery.
· Discuss building a lifestyle that supports mindfulness practice and recovery.
Mindfulness (Part 1)
Put simply, mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention to an experience, embracing the present moment fully, and wholeheartedly greeting an occurrence without expectation or judgment. Regularly practicing mindfulness helps you develop self-compassion, feeds your curiosity, and increases your underlying appreciation of life through all of its merits and problems. In this group, you'll learn the basic skills of mindfulness including performing breathing exercises, sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating, and mindful communication. As you learn to incorporate mindfulness practice into your daily life, you'll realize the sheer power you feel when you step out of an "auto-pilot" mindset and into a mindset where you live fully in the present moment.
Food Addiction Support Group (Part 1)
We offer a 6-week therapy group for those who struggle with food addiction. This emotional-based group is not focused on nutrition. Along with in-person group meetings, members will have access to a private Facebook group for 24-hour support to discuss daily successes and struggles and provide daily encouragement.
Mindful Eating: Creating a Peaceful Relationship with Food and Body Image (Part 2)
Mindfulness practice can be a powerful tool that can help you create peace with food and your body image. This fresh approach teaches simple and practical ways of relating to yourself and your relationship with food. This group will help you create peace in this area of your life by learning how to differentiate between physical and emotional hunger and how to respond intuitively to both. Ultimately, you'll rediscover the wisdom of your body and experience how it cares for and nourishes itself.
Interpersonal Relationships (Adults)
Meaningful relationships with others are truly the foundation of a rich and satisfying life. The quality of your relationship with your significant other, friends, co-workers, colleagues, and many others often guides your happiness and health. Mindful relationships are built upon a foundation of compassionate awareness and non-judgmental acceptance of yourself and others. In this group, you'll learn strategies and tools for creating mindful relationships. You'll also learn new ways of expressing, listening, and behaving that promote confidence and connectedness with others in your life.
Interpersonal Relationships for Teens (Middle School and High School Age)
The school-age years often serve as an orientation in developing meaningful relationships with others outside of the home. These relationships might include those with friends, significant others, teachers, coaches, teammates, and more. In this teen-focused group, your teen will learn strategies for creating and fostering mindful relationships with peers, authority figures, and other influential people in their life. They will learn the importance of building relationships on a foundation of acceptance and compassion and with the ability to remain non-judgmental. We hope that each group member will carry the tools and skills they learn in this workshop and apply them as they grow into adulthood.
Moving On From Grief
Grief arises in life when we - whether by choice or necessity - are faced with the process of letting go of someone or something and moving on. Grief is a process and can often feel like an emotional roller coaster. “Moving on” is finding the balance between facing the reality of the present situation and pushing to rebuild your life again. Mindfulness practice can help restore this balance by teaching acceptance of the present moment and self-compassion. This therapy support group will help you learn new skills to endure the emotional pain you face with grief, form new relationships that help you through your grief, and lean into your life with passion and purpose.
If you don't like support groups, and you would like to have a conversation from the comfort of your home, you can always arrange a virtual counseling session with one of our amazing counselors!