Group Therapy

Many people prefer to meet with other people who face the same challenges they do. They find the group format helps them feel less alone and encourages them to make changes in their lives because of their accountability to the group. If you find group work helpful, check out the “Upcoming Groups” section below to see if there is one to fit your particular needs. Groups run for 12 weeks and are offered on an ongoing basis. Call us at 415-810-0372 to find out the next start date for a particular group.

Dating with Schema Awareness:
Group Therapy for Singles

Dates and times: Sundays 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Duration: 12 weeks
Cost: $65 per session
Participants: Limited to seven participants with consideration to balancing genders.

Description: Whether you are trying out online dating, have just recently separated and are considering dating, or are in a new relationship, this group can help you find and maintain the relationship you want. The group is designed to help you:

  • Identify you core beliefs and patterns in relationships
  • Learn to recognize the “type” of partner you are attracted to and break negative patterns in partner selection
  • Identify red flags and cues for unhealthy relationships
  • Create healthy boundaries
  • Learn assertiveness skills to clearly express your needs and get your needs met in your relationship
  • Learn strategies for
  • Practice communication techniques including non-violent communication

This is both a skills-based group and a process group. This means that each session includes learning new skills, practicing new behaviors, exploring your progress, receiving feedback from group members, and sharing weekly assignments. The aim of the group is to help you understand your patterns in relationships and recognize the core beliefs (“schemas”) that get in the way of your having the relationship you want. You will learn to recognize your schemas in relationships, identify the behaviors that hurt your relationships, break painful relationship patterns, recognize red flags in potential partners, identify your values in relationships, and develop new behavioral responses.

Group members will take an interpersonal schemas questionnaire in order to identify and work with their schemas. The group will consist of identifying your schemas, schema coping behaviors, values, and an exploration of alternative behavioral responses in relationships. Members will be asked to practice new skills and behaviors outside of session and monitor their behaviors. You will learn strategies for communicating effectively, making healthy boundaries, setting limits, and getting your needs met in your relationships.

Building Intimacy and Improving Communication with Schema Awareness:

Group Therapy for Couples

Dates and times: Sundays 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Duration: 12 weeks
Cost:$65 per session
Participants: Limited to four couples

Description: This is a unique group psychotherapy experience for couples who have a desire to learn new coping skills and communication strategies. Group members will take an interpersonal schemas questionnaire to identify their schemas (core beliefs) in relationships. You will learn to identify your triggers, schemas that you have in your relationship, and gain an understanding of your behavioral responses and how they contribute to a negative cycle in your relationship.

This group is both a skills-based group and a process group. This means that each session will include learning new skills, practicing new behaviors, and exploring feedback from other couples in the group. You will learn to recognize themes and patterns in your relationship and identify the core beliefs that are getting in the way of changing your behaviors and being the kind of partner you want to be. In order to break painful relationship patterns, you will learn mindfulness skills to observe your negative thoughts and identify the behaviors that hurt your relationships.

Getting Off the Fence with Schema Awareness:

Group Therapy for Relationship Problems

Group for individuals who are experiencing a breakup, contemplating ending a relationship, having relationship concerns, currently or recently in the process of ending a romantic relationship, going through a divorce, or feeling ambivalent about their current relationship.

Dates and times: Tuesdays 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Duration: 12 weeks
Cost: $65 per session
Participants: Limited to seven participants with consideration to balancing genders.

Description: Sometimes when one partner is feeling extremely unhappy and unsatisfied in a relationship, the other partner may not be as motivated to take steps towards improving the relationship or may be unwilling to participate in therapy.

The decision regarding what is tolerable or intolerable for you and whether or not to end the relationship is on you. You can still take steps towards improving your relationship on your own and you can also learn to monitor and track your behaviors as well as your partner’s. We can help you assess whether your relationship is working for you. You will learn specific tools and strategies to: monitoring and assessing

  • monitor whether your needs are getting met in your current
  • whether you are making your needs clear
  • clarify which behaviors are maintaining the problem
  • recognize which of your behaviors are contributing to the problem and damaging your relationship
  • assess whether your current relationship is consistent with your values and the kind of relationship you want
  • explore alternative behavioral responses in relationships

This group is designed to help you get off the fence and make decisions about your relationship. This group will teach you the skills to improve your relationships with or without your partner’s .

We will help you parse out what you can work on in your current relationship and what is out of your control. We will help you assess the patterns and themes that have occurred throughout your relationships and the ways you might be maintaining these patterns in your current relationships.

This group is both a skills-based group and a process group. This means that each session will introduce a new skill or tool, and include an open group discussion, weekly assignments, and feedback from group members. This group will will help you understand patterns in your relationships and recognize the core beliefs that are getting in your way. You will also learn to recognize your core beliefs in relationships, identify the behaviors that hurt your relationships, and break painful relationship patterns. Group members will take an interpersonal schemas questionnaire in order to identify their schemas. Members will be asked to practice new skills and behaviors outside of session and monitor their behaviors.

All groups are based on the protocol that Dr. Lev describes in her books. The protocol is based on research that has shown significant improvement in the quality of relationships for participants. This approach offers a new and innovative treatment for individuals and couples who want to improve their communication and break negative patterns in relationships.

How to Begin Group Therapy

To explore the possibility of joining one of our groups, call us at 415-810-0372 or email us at info@BayAreaCBTCenter.com to schedule your free fifty-minute consultation session. In this consultation session, we will discuss your concerns, evaluate your needs, and provide you with a good sense of what our group offers and how it functions. Together we will explore whether a particular group is the right “fit” for you. We believe it is important to find both a therapist and a group that is a good fit for you and meets your needs.

If we believe that we can work well together, and if we agree on the target goals for therapy as well as the approach we will take, we will then have you join the group and introduce you to the members.