Group Therapy

This group is open to adults of all genders and orientations and is grounded in mindfulness and somatic practices to support intimacy and the resolution of reactivity. The group will integrate emotional sharing, skills development and mindfulness with an emphasis on realtime dynamics among the group participants.
My orientation is present-time and mindfulness oriented, somatic and psychodynamically informed, and emphasizes relational and intersubjective processes. The interview process will include a telephone screening and an individual session. The group will meet on Wednesdays from noon to 1:30 pm and is currently in formation. Starting on January 22, 2020.

If you are interested in joining this group, email michael@michaelshiffman.com for more information or leave a message at 310-445-2160.

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.
Group Guidelines:
  1. Regular and timely attendance at all sessions 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.  A three month commitment is requested.
  2. 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. 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. This is 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. 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. Eating or audible devices are not permitted during the group.
  7. Please refrain from consumption of any alcohol or recreational drugs during the day the group meets.
  8. Payment of fees is due at the beginning of each month and will be automatically charged regardless of attendance.