Online Support Group
Anonymous or visible — it’s up to you!
Ever feel like you need a little extra support, or a good place to practice new skills? Carmichael Psychology’s online support group is a new way to get extra support conveniently and privately. Many clients use the support group as a way to deal with a tough week at work, relationship issues, feelings of anxiety, or a safe space to talk about almost anything. The group is available as an adjunct to regular therapy, or as a tool for maintenance when you have finished therapy and just need a supportive place to visit occasionally.
Some weeks may emphasize specific techniques, others may focus on the techniques of seeking, receiving, and providing support by sharing and responding to personal issues during group.
FAQ 1: Do I have to show my face and be visible to others?
No, you don’t have to be visible unless you choose to share video. Group members to need to share audio, but video is optional. For more information about the online group therapy experience, click here.
FAQ 2: Is it covered by insurance?
As a professional therapeutic group, the group is covered by insurance. Clients are often very surprised by how affordable visits are. To find out how much your insurance would cover, submit your insurance information online and we will gladly check your benefits for you. You can send your insurance information at www.checkmybenefitsnow.com or call 212.729.3922, or email email@example.com.
FAQ 3: What will we discuss?
Group members will practice offering and receiving support. Many of the issues discussed in therapy are actually addressed in group therapy as well. For example, social anxiety, self esteem, concerns about work and relationships, and almost any other issue that has to do with how you connect to other people. The group therapist will facilitate a supportive environment that provides a safe space for members to process events from their own weeks and while getting therapeutic feedback from the group leader as well as peer feedback. If appropriate, the group therapist will also share CBT techniques and guide group participants specifically on how to apply the techniques to situations in their lives. Examples include how to manage anxiety from difficult situations at work, or to manage feelings that arise from social and dating situations. Whether your focus is more on work or your personal life, the important thing is learning to use therapeutic techniques and group feedback to help in a variety of situations. In addition to learning therapeutic techniques, we benefit from gaining a sense of community, building perspective and understanding how our peers deal with life situations through participating a structured group therapy format. Groups help you to realize that you’re not alone, and there is support available.
FAQ 4: Do I have to attend every week? Do I have to attend the same time slot each week?
We recommend that you attend regularly so that you can get the benefits of community over time, and get feedback as you practice the skills we learn. However, we understand that your schedule may not permit regular attendance. You are welcome to make the group a regular part of your week, or just schedule into the group if you’re having a tough week and want some extra feedback or support.
FAQ 5: How do I know it’s private?
We use a HIPAA compliant video therapy software. Just like every group therapy, all members must sign a confidentiality agreement. You don’t even have to show your face if you prefer more privacy.
FAQ 7: How much does it cost?
Did you know that online therapy is now being reimbursed by insurance? As a professional therapeutic group, our Online Support Group is covered by insurance. Don’t have insurance? As a curiosity of Carmichael Psychology, if you agree to attend our online support group 85% of the time we will discount the cost of our Online Support Group.
FAQ 7: How do I sign up?
Call 212.729.3922 or write firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!