Group Therapy

The groups I offer are open to adults of the widest diversity.  I currently offer three groups:  one for licensed psychotherapists, one for pre-licensed therapists, and one for the general public.  The groups for psychotherapists are process oriented psychotherapy groups.  The groups offered to the public are hybrid groups that integrate mindfulness and somatic interventions within the context of interpersonal process.  All of these groups support personal exploration and a deeper understanding of communication styles and how they affect others.

My orientation is present-time and mindfulness oriented, somatic and psychodynamically informed, and emphasizes relational and intersubjective processes. 


Group Schedule

  • 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Wednesday, Psychotherapist Process Group
  • 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Thursday, Mindfulness and Anxiety Group (Currently forming- starting in November, 2021)

The mindfulness and anxiety group integrates mindfulness meditation, communication skills and emotional sharing. This will be a hydrid group that integrates skill building, practice and interpersonal communication.  The process groups emphasize here-and-now connections and reactions to each other’s communication styles.

In the mindfulness and anxiety group we will learn:

  • To pay attention to our reponse to the world, rather than the “triggers;”
  • Emotional and physical orienting and grounding;
  • Mindfulness and somatic exercises to support regulation and organization;
  • Develop a mindfulness meditation practice;
  • Identify our attachment strategies, their implications and pathways to earned security;
  • Identification of anxiety and panic patterns;
  • Development of trust and hopefulness.

If you are interested in any of these group experiences email me at michael@michaelshiffman.com.
The interview process will include a telephone call and individual sessions.


Process Group Goals:

  • To support each participant to express their widest range of feelings and thoughts, and to explore their emotional experience with people inside and outside the group;
  • To actively engage problems, concerns and challenges that motivate group participation;
  • To put feelings into words, not actions, and express them skillfully to group members;
  • To receive and give feedback appropriately;
  • To enhance each participant’s capacity to express empathy while honoring our own needs and experience.

Process Group Guidelines:

  1. Regular and timely attendance is expected. Members agree to be present each week, to arrive on time, and remain throughout the entire meeting. If you cannot attend a particular meeting, please leave a message for me by phone at 310-261-5618.
  2. Confidentiality. Members will treat matters that occur in the group with utmost confidentiality. What is discussed in the group should remain in the group. This insures a safe environment for all group members to express their thoughts and feelings.
  3. Relationships. Members agree to use relationships made in the group therapeutically and not socially. There should be no contact among group members outside the group and if such contact should occur it should be brought back and shared in the group.
  4. Ongoing group. Participating in a group can be anxiety provoking. Please share any concerns you have about the group to make your needs known. 
  5. Group Departures. If you plan to leave the group, please give at least one month for you and the other group members to process any feelings about leaving. Group members are emotionally and psychologically invested in each other and sudden departures can be very difficult. 
  6. Group Distractions. Eating or audible devices are not permitted during the group.
  7. Alcohol and Drugs. Please refrain from consumption of any alcohol or recreational drugs during the day the group meets.
  8. Group Fees.Fees are charged after each session, however, they will be automatically charged regardless of attendance.

Mindfulness and Anxiety Group Goals:

  • To develop the basics of a mindfulness meditation practice;
  • To increase capacity for emotional regulation;
  • To increase capacity for somatic awareness (awareness of bodily sensations);
  • To express their widest range of feelings and thoughts, and to explore their emotional and somatic experience;
  • To actively engage problems, concerns and challenges that motivate group participation;
  • To put feelings into words, not actions, and express them skillfully to group members;
  • To receive and give feedback appropriately;
  • To enhance each participant’s capacity to express empathy while honoring our own needs and experience.

Mindfulness and Anxiety Group Guidelines:

  1. Regular and timely attendance is expected. Members agree to be present each week, to arrive on time, and remain throughout the entire meeting. If you cannot attend a particular meeting, please leave a message for me by phone at 310-261-5618.
  2. Confidentiality. Members will treat matters that occur in the group with utmost confidentiality. What is discussed in the group should remain in the group. This insures a safe environment for all group members to express their thoughts and feelings.
  3. Relationships. Members agree to use the group therapeutically and not socially while the group meets. There should be no contact among group members outside the group while the group meets and if such contact should occur it should be brought back and shared in the group.  After the group ends, participants have the opportunity to continue the relationships built during the group.
  4. Group process. Participating in a group can be anxiety provoking. Please share any concerns you have about the group to make your needs known. While it may feel uncomfortable to share your needs, it supports you and inspires others to do the same.
  5. Group Endings. This is a time-limited 7-week group.  Please join only if you intend to participate for the entire group.
  6. Group Distractions. Eating or audible devices should be avoided during group.
  7. Alcohol and Drugs. Please refrain from consumption of any alcohol or recreational drugs during the day the group meets.
  8. Group Fees.Fees are charged after each session and they will be automatically charged regardless of attendance.

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