Real Woman Real Journey (RWRJ) Therapy for Women 

     

 Canadian Women's Wellness Network              Réseau Canadien du Bien-Etre des Femmes

Featured Facilitators

Natalie Haynes Psychotherapist

Georgetown, Ontario




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Mercedes Baines Therapist , Certified Adlerian Therapist

Vancouver, British Columbia


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Monica Wong

Registered Social Worker

Calgary, Alberta



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Mady Mooney  Psychotherapist, Art Therapist

Edmonton, Alberta


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Dr. Wendy Dubois

Family and Marital Therapist , Therapist , Life Coach , Program Facilitator

Vancouver, British Columbia

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Group Therapy for Women

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A group therapy session generally consists of five to ten individuals who share a common interest or experience. There are a variety of types of groups such as: anger management groups, post-partum depression groups, parenting groups, healing from abuse groups, eating disorder groups, and grief/loss groups.  


A group therapy program differs from a general support group in that a professional Therapist is assigned to facilitate the group therapy process and aid in providing therapeutic guidance to each group member. A support group however can be organized by anyone seeking to gather individuals to engage in mutual support.


A Group Therapy Facilitator plays an integral role in the group therapy process by preparing group work material prior to each session, asking significant questions during group discussions, and providing professional guidance and support to group members each step of way.

What Happens During Group Therapy?

Each program facilitator has a unique approach to group facilitation. Some may present informative video clips, provide information packages, or even include activities such as writing exercise or art work. The program facilitator will facilitate discussions about experiences of group members, ways of understanding what you are going through, and strategies for overcoming your challenge. Not only will you learn from the professional guidance of your Group Therapy Facilitator, but you will also learn from the experiences and stories of fellow group members.


The general expectation of a participant in most group therapy programs is that you are willing to share your story and listen to the stories of others. You may share as much or as little as you feel comfortable sharing. Oftentimes, you will gain comfort in sharing more and more of yourself with group members as you build a bond with them overtime.

Benefits of Group Therapy

One of the main benefits of participating in group therapy is the feedback, support, and even guidance you will receive from other group members. Discovering that you are not alone in your struggle can be a very empowering experience and help you to regain hope in difficult times. Meeting regularly for group sessions helps to address feelings of isolation and seclusion.


The best part about group therapy is that it can actually be fun! Even while facing the toughest of situations, group therapy can be an uplifting and enjoyable experience. You will gain mutual support, reassurance, encouragement, validation and professional guidance. You may even build some meaningful friendships in the process.

Group Therapy Formats

Most group therapy programs offer a “Closed-group” format. This means that participation in group sessions is only accessible to those who have pre-registered for the group therapy program. New members are not allowed to join the group after the first day of programming. This form of group therapy allows group members to become comfortable with one another and avoid sharing their stories with new members each week. This format is especially suitable for groups geared towards topics such as:  sexual abuse, domestic violence, trauma, or any other sensitive subject.


Open-groups are also available for certain types of programming. This type of group welcomes new participants at each session and is generally suitable for less sensitive topics such as: parenting, life transitions, career counselling, or motivational coaching.