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What participants say

Here is what past participants have said about Allina Health's group therapy programs:

An eye opening experience for me, I realized I can't live my life being anxious all the time.

I had reservations about the group at first, but came to realize it is a great program.

This group helped me look at myself and what I can do to help myself.

This group has been a lifeline for me. 

It was nice to hear other's situations; I don't feel so alone

The information and compassion of the facilitators was wonderful.

Mental health groups

Group therapy

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Group therapy is a form of counseling where up to eight participants meet in a group setting. People in the group typically face similar issues such as anxiety, insomnia, depression, family problems or addiction.

In group therapy, you can share your experience, learn from and support others, and develop skills for managing mental health concerns.

While everyone's personal journey is their own, there is so much healing that can happen in a group setting. We encourage you to determine if one of the following groups is right for you. 

65+ Depression Group

The 65+ Depression Process Group is an ongoing group for adults 65 and older who are living with depression. This group provides support, structure and connection to other older adults who are dealing with depression. 

Anxiety and Depression Group

The eight-week group for adults dealing with depression and/or anxiety focuses on learning skills to decrease depression and anxiety symptoms. 

Way to Wellness

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This eight-week course focuses on coping with stress and symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. It is held in St. Paul, Minn.:

Good to know

  • Participants are required to complete an intake prior to starting a group.
  • These groups are billable to medical insurance.  
  • Ask your primary care provider about additional groups and offerings at your clinic.
Research has shown that group therapy can be more effective in certain situations. Many patients also prefer group therapy over individual therapy, because they are able to share their experiences with other patients living with similar issues.

Group therapy members provide different perspectives, ideas, support and a sense of normalcy to others in the group. Patients report that group therapy is a very healing experience. 
Group therapy sessions offer much more than a support group. Group therapy sessions are led by one or more licensed mental health providers. They provide education, perform evidenced-based care and guide you through skills to manage symptoms and conditions. 
You are asked to attend each scheduled session of group therapy, which is typically once a week for 8 to 12 weeks. However, we understand circumstances change, and individual needs and preferences play a part in your decision to participate in group therapy. 

If you are unhappy with this type of therapy, please discuss this with your group therapy provider. Together, you can determine your care plan
Group therapy can be helpful to people with many types of mental health problems. In some cases, people who are taking part in group therapy will also undergo individual counseling (one-on-one with a therapist). 

Talk to your mental health provider about what is best for you.
Groups range from one to two hours and typically meet once a week.
Some groups provide an environment for individuals to identify and explore emotions, give and receive support, and provide a path for healthy relationships with others. 

Other groups focus on developing skills around a particular concern. In these groups, there are discussions and exercises that help participants apply the skills they are learning.
Patient privacy and confidentiality is of utmost importance in the group setting. None of your private information will ever be shared. 

At the first session, the therapist will review group confidentiality rules with everyone and ask for agreement. Groups work best where there is open and honest communication between members. 

When sharing with others, please use your best judgment when providing personal information and only share what feels comfortable for you. Remember, you will not be the only one sharing a personal experience. 
Group therapy is a billable type of mental health therapy. A charge will be submitted to your insurance provider. 

Co-pays and/or coinsurance may apply, depending on your health plan. 

Please check with your insurer about coverage. If the insurance company inquires, the sessions are held in an "outpatient" setting, and the code billed is CPT 90853.
A referral is not required to be scheduled for group therapy.
Group therapy is provided by licensed psychologists (PsyD LP or PhD LP), licensed clinical social workers (LICSW), clinical nurse specialists (CNS), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT) and licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC) across Allina Health. 

Reviewed By: Hilary Carruthers, director of program development, Allina Health Mental Health and Addiction Services
First Published: 10/05/2016
Last Reviewed: 10/05/2016