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GROUP THERAPY

Group psychotherapy or group therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which one or more therapists lead a small group of clients together as a group. Group therapy can be helpful for learning new skills, feeling that we are not alone, and connecting with others who have experienced similar struggles to our own. As in individual therapy, group therapy is often covered by insurance. 

Please call the front desk at 414-964-9200 to inquire about current group offerings.

Current Groups Offered

From Self Compassion to Joy: A Women's Therapy and Support Group

Led by Lynn Ollswang, LCSW

Meets every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

As a group, we will share and grow; "Everything in ourselves is driven by our own internal pain."

This group is:

  • For women who have experienced a lot in life, who have survived struggles and loss.

  • For women who have been caretakers for others and themselves.

  • For women who have kept part of themselves secret or quiet, and pushed back inside.

  • For women who are aware that sharing and not being alone can heal, although it is a difficult risk to take.

  • For women who are willing to look at how their thoughts and behaviors have defined their world and protected them.

  • For women who want to challenge those beliefs and assumptions.

  • For women who want to find Self-Compassion in themselves and each other and find Joy in their lives.

Alleviating Anxiety

Hi, I’m Dr. Vicki Spaulding at the Lighthouse clinic.  I run a group therapy program designed to help individuals suffering with social anxiety disorder (SAD). 

You might want to know how to figure out if you might have SAD.  Here are some questions you can ask yourself.

  • Are you nervous and uncomfortable around other people?

  • Do you avoid looking for a new job because of fears of interacting with others, or because you are anxious about interviewing?

  • Do you limit your interactions with others because you are afraid of letting them get to know you?

  • Do you find yourself turning down social invitations because you would be uncomfortable if you went?

  • Do you worry about looking nervous, shaking, or blushing in front of other people?

  • Does being the center of attention make you feel self-conscious?

  • If you made a commitment to a social event, do you feel relief if it is canceled?

If you answered yes to these questions it is likely you suffer from social anxiety, and if you think it is just your personality you’re wrong.  Social anxiety is a learned behavior, and you can overcome it if you learn and practice the skills.

Anxiety comes in two forms; external and internal.  External anxiety is based on situations such as losing a job, or making a decision to move out of state.  Internal anxiety is based on fear of what is going on inside of your body (racing heart, problems breathing) or in your mind (I’m worthless, nothing I do ever turns out, or what if I lose control).  This type of negative thinking helps to create and then maintain anxiety.  Internal anxiety can also be interpersonal; fear of how others might see you or respond to you (what if I spill food on myself, what if I’m intruding, or what if I faint or do something to embarrass myself).  Like most anxiety sufferers, you probably have a good imagination and can come up with any number of terrifying thoughts that keep you paralyzed or just feeling uncomfortable in your life.  This program is designed to help you get unstuck, be more comfortable in most situations, and retake control of your life.  Life is not supposed to be hard, and you can actually learn to enjoy activities that you have avoided in the past.

For more information about scheduling, please contact the front desk. 414-964-9200

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Facilitated by Dr. Vicki Spaulding

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an effective treatment for people experiencing frequent and intense changes in their emotional State; often leading to self-defeating behaviors.  Research has shown that DBT helps people experiencing emotional dysregulation to learn new skills to manage overwhelming emotions without resorting to self-harming, or other problematic behaviors.

 

Eligible individuals are adults age 18 and older with a history of:

 

  • Emotional Instability; frequent up and down emotions, as well as having a hard time controlling and expressing emotions

  • Impulsive Behaviors

  • Unstable Relationships

  • Unstable sense of self

  • A diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Eating Concerns, or Trauma

 

The DBT Skills Program at The Lighthouse Clinic is focused on the skills training component of DBT, consisting of a 16-week closed group, followed by periodic reviews for ongoing skills training as needed.  The program uses an educational approach, and is highly structured. The expectation is that consistent attendance is important, as is completing assignments and practicing skills.  The sessions are dedicated to learning new skills such as mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

 

Mindfulness

The practice of being fully aware and in the present moment. Mindfulness skills are a core component of DBT because the skills help people to become more aware of their state of mind and learn how to respond to emotions on the basis of their ‘wise-mind” rather than reacting  to emotions that often lead to self-destructive behaviors. The skills introduced will simplify mindfulness by breaking the process down into steps that can be practiced: “what” to do to be mindful and “how” to do it. Mindfulness skills can help people to experience the present moment and learn to let go of the negative emotion trap, and get less caught in habitual, negative judgements.

 

 Distress Tolerance

The distress tolerance module is focused on developing practical crisis survival skills. These skills are geared toward tolerating painful situations by using skills such as accepting reality as it is, self-soothing, distraction, and improving the moment. This set of skills helps people to reduce their reliance on problematic ways of coping with strong emotions and with self-destructive urges. Distress tolerance skills are essential to overcome behaviors such as impulsivity, substance use, disordered eating, and self-harm. The goal is for you to gain control when you experience upheavals in your life, and to avoid the long-term costs to your emotional and physical wellbeing, and damage to relationships.

 

Emotion Regulation

Emotion regulation is at the heart of the DBT Skills program. This module begins with learning to identify, and understand the purpose of your emotions: this is a prerequisite in learning how to regulate negative emotions such as anger sadness, shame, guilt, and fear. The module also includes cognitive and behavioral skills that can become powerful tools to modulate the intensity of emotions. The skills introduced also help people learn they can take care of their mind by taking care of their body, they can reduce their vulnerability to negative emotions by building up positive experiences, and by taking an opposite action to an emotion.

 

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Interpersonal effectiveness is focused on developing skills to learn how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and good relationships with others, as well as setting limits, negotiating solutions and validating the feelings of others. This module is specifically aimed at improving relationships and respecting personal values and beliefs.

What is expected?

You will be given handouts and skill building assignments to complete at home.  Each session will begin with a review of the skill building assignment from the previous week.  Members are expected to arrive on time, actively take part in the group, complete skill building assignments, and attend every session. If you miss more than 3 sessions, you will not be allowed to continue with the group because you have missed too much material.

For more information about scheduling, please contact the front desk. 414-964-9200