Group therapy provides a supportive and empathetic environment where individuals connect with others facing similar challenges. This sense of belonging and understanding reduces feelings of isolation and fosters a sense of affirmation, leading to a greater sense of community and belonging. Participants in group therapy discover that they are not alone in their struggles. Hearing others share similar experiences and emotions normalizes their own feelings and challenges. This reduces shame and self-criticism, making it easier for individuals to open up and be vulnerable.

Crossroads group therapy fosters individuals to observe how others handle similar problems or conflicts. Witnessing the growth and progress of other group members can serve as a source of inspiration and motivation. Observational learning helps individuals acquire new coping strategies and problem-solving skills. Our group members provide feedback and insights based on their own experiences, which is valuable in recognizing patterns and triggers. The group dynamic also creates a sense of accountability, motivating participants to work towards their goals and make positive changes in their lives. Being part of a group offers unique opportunities to practice and improve interpersonal skills. Participants explore how they relate to others within the group, receive feedback on their interactions, and learn healthier ways of relating to people.

Crossroads provides a safe space to practice emotional regulation and coping skills in a supportive environment. The group setting can elicit strong emotions, simulating real-life situations. Our group therapy helps individuals recognize and challenge negative patterns in their behavior and relationships. Crossroads offers support and encouragement in breaking these patterns, leading to personal growth and positive change. In our group therapy, participants observe how others interact and navigate their relationships. This provides insights into communication styles, conflict resolution, and ways to improve relationships. Our groups also provide a safe space to discuss relationship issues openly. Participants can receive feedback and support from multiple perspectives, facilitating personal growth.

Crossroads provides several structures and multiple therapies that offer unique benefits to specific challenges. Our treatment structures include Intensive Outpatient Treatment programs which provide the most comprehensive treatment – three days per week and typically not less than ten to twelve hours per week. This treatment is extremely effective in treating addiction and substance abuse issues. Crossroads Outpatient Group therapy is less inclusive and usually incorporates one to two group meetings per week. Both programs utilize various types of group therapies within each program.

Key Elements for a Crossroads Group Therapy

  1. Psychoeducational groups focus on providing education and information about specific issues, including mental health disorders, coping skills, or life skills. Psychoeducational groups enhance participants’ knowledge and understanding of their challenges and equip them with practical tools and strategies to manage their concerns effectively.
  2. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) groups employ cognitive and behavioral techniques helping individuals identify and modify negative thought patterns and behaviors. Our participants learn coping skills, problem-solving strategies, and ways to challenge and reframe unhelpful beliefs. Crossroads CBT groups are effective for treating substance abuse disorders, as well as conditions including anxiety disorders and depression.
  3. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) groups help individuals struggling with emotional dysregulation, self-harm behaviors, or certain personality disorders. Crossroads DBT groups focus on teaching mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills. Our DBT groups provide a supportive environment for practicing these skills and improving emotional well-being.
  4. Process-oriented groups focus on the here-and-now experiences of group members. At Crossroads, our therapists observe and reflect on the group dynamics, interactions, and themes, providing insights into participants’ emotional patterns, communication styles, and interpersonal dynamics. Our process-oriented groups promote self-awareness, improved communication, and relationship growth.
  5. Family therapy groups involve the participation of family members or significant others in the therapeutic process. Crossroads family therapy groups improve communication, address family dynamics, and enhance understanding between family members. Our family support groups offer a space for families facing similar challenges to share experiences and support each other.
  6. Expressive therapy groups utilize creative arts, including music, art, dance, or drama, to facilitate emotional expression and exploration. Crossroads holistic groups offer a nonverbal means of communication, allowing participants to access and process emotions that may be difficult to articulate verbally.
  7. Psychotherapy process groups focus on exploring participants’ individual struggles and interpersonal issues. Our group members share their experiences, emotions, and interactions while receiving support and feedback from the Crossroads therapist and other group members.

At Crossroads, we strive to have our group members experiences be informative, challenging, dynamic, and educational- and above all, unconditionally supportive. Individuals work through unfinished business or unresolved issues with the support of the group members and the therapist. We employ techniques such as empty-chair dialogues, role-playing, or guided imagery, whereby participants gain new insights, process emotions, and achieve closure or resolution to a particularly difficult issue.

Crossroads group members explore their relationship patterns, identify interpersonal challenges, and practice healthier communication and relationship skills. Crossroads “here and now” technique directs participants to become more aware of their relational dynamics and develop more authentic and satisfying connections with others. Crossroads groups challenge negative self-perceptions and explore new ways of relating to oneself with kindness and acceptance. The individuals learn mastery over their emotional experiences. Our group setting allows for practicing emotional regulation skills in real-time within a supportive and guided environment.

Overall, the healing properties of the group therapy experience cannot be overstated.  Repeatedly individuals describe the group therapy experience as one of the most positive and transformative experiences of their life. Early on, some members are hesitant and unsure about opening up to a group of strangers, but in short order, most describe a profound sense of acceptance and belonging – something that they had never experienced before. It’s a feeling and connection on a deeper level where the veils are lifted, and the walls are broken down. This vulnerableness, just below the surface, houses a well-spring of gratitude and self-acceptance.