Group Therapy

People suffering with OCD and anxiety-spectrum disorders can feel alone and isolated with their symptoms. Understandably, they often feel hesitant to share their obsessions with friends and loved ones out of a fear that they will be dismissed, their fear will be confirmed, or others will judge them. Furthermore, they feel that no one will understand them and they cannot be honest about their inner experience. Still others, in an attempt to seek therapy, find treatment fees overwhelming and decide to “white knuckle it” through their obsessions and hope their anxiety simply goes away.

Group therapy

Group therapy for OCD and anxiety treatment can be the perfect alternative to the costs associated with traditional weekly psychotherapy. Group therapy can also supplement individual counseling by offering additional support in a collaborate and encouraging environment. Therefore, it is not just a lower-cost alternative to individual treatment.

CalOCD’s groups are geared toward learning and implementing Cognitive-Behavioral skills to address specific treatment goals. In addition to utilizing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), CalOCD’s groups are heavily oriented toward Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) to help attendees face their fears in a gradual, structured process.

The anxiety and OCD therapy groups are best suited for individuals with:

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), including
    all subtypes
  • Phobias of all variety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Hypochondria (Health Anxiety)

Benefits of group therapy include:

  • Lower fees compared to weekly individual therapy
  • Peer accountability
  • Variety in perspectives on OCD and anxiety
  • Encouragement toward one’s goals from other
    group members
  • A sense of belonging and reduced symptom stigma

Group therapy is offered on a weekly and ongoing basis. The specific date and time for groups vary, however they most often occur on Tuesday or Thursday evenings to accommodate attendees work and school schedules. At this time, group treatment will only be offered to qualifying individuals 18 years of age and above.

To learn more about the group or be placed on the wait list, please contact me.

The California OCD and Anxiety Treatment Center offers specialized therapy for OCD and related disorders in its Fullerton offices. In addition to serving North Orange County, Los Angeles, and the Inland Empire, CalOCD offers online therapy, group therapy, and Intensive Out-Patient treatment.

2 thoughts on “Group Therapy”

  • I am writing for my 16 year old son. He struggles with anxiety. He thinks its generalized and that may be true but I also really think he struggles with social anxiety as well, which is really impacting his high school experience and I fear it will limit his post high school decisions.

    Would he maybe be a good fit for a group therapy? Any suggestions?

    • Hi Stephanie, Thanks for the comment. Group therapy for social and generalized anxiety can be a very effective means of treatment. Whether or not he’s a good fit for a group may be a different story. Sometimes a group can be too overwhelming initially, so individual therapy is a good place to start learning skills to help work him into a group setting. Setting up an assessment for treatment is a good first step. This will help us determine which setting would be best for him while giving him the opportunity to consider whether he’s ready and willing to jump into a group. Let me know if you have any further questions!

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