Group Therapy

For some, the idea of participating in group therapy might seem intimidating. But more often than not, participants find that hearing from others with similar issues helps them to see they’re not alone.

Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, or another mental health issue, group therapy may be an excellent supplement or alternative to one-on-one counseling. Contact Capital Counseling, and speak to one of our professional counselors to see if group therapy is right for you.

Participation

Participants in any therapy group are required to speak to the intake team or their Capital Counseling therapist to assure that group therapy is clinically appropriate. You may call us to discuss group participation and schedule.

  • Groups are typically from 8 to 12 individuals
  • May be either open-ended (continuously running), or close-ended (for a specific period of time and number of sessions).
  • Some insurances are accepted if noted in the group description. Each group has a self pay option as well.
  • Because group sizes are limited, weekly participation is expected when you enroll.
  • For more information call (518) 462-6531 or contact us online

Current Groups

Expressing Emotions through Art

Location: Capital Counseling: 650 Warren Street, Albany NY 12208
Dates and Time: Start Date: TBD – Wait list started

Time: Wednesdays 5:00PM – 6:30PM

12 Week Session

Facilitator: Jonathan Pollack, LCSW-R, Adalyn Wilson, CSW Intern
Self Pay Only: Most insurances accepted with a copay. Call to find out more.

Self-pay $40 per session

Class Description:

Art expression is a therapeutic technique rooted in the idea that creativity can foster healing and mental well-being and involves the use of visual art to promote health and wellness in a safe and secure environment.

The creative process is based on the belief that self-expression can help you to resolve inner conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress and anxiety, and increase your self-awareness; creating art can help you to acknowledge and recognize feelings that have been lurking in your subconscious.

This 12-week class will be instructive, fun, and inspiring and will help you to learn more about visual art as well as yourself and will be held in a comfortable, secure, and supportive environment. Sessions will be approximately 90 minutes in length. Artistic background and ability are not required; only the willingness to have fun and be open to self-discovery!

Week 1 Introduction to Art as a means of emotional expression
Week 2 Using pastels to identify and draw something that makes you happy or brings you pleasure
Week 3 Using colored pencils to draw a favorite place or some place you would like to visit
Week 4 Using crayon and oil pastels to draw or represent an emotion or several emotions
Week 5 Using markers to draw an animal that you would like to be if you could be an animal
Week 6 Using watercolor to identify a quiet space that you have or would like to have
Week 7 Using finger paints to create an abstract representation of your emotional state
Week 8 Use several different materials to create a painting or drawing of what family means to you
Week 9 Use of different materials to create a painting or drawing that describes what friendship means to you
Week 10 Draw a large shape by using a combination of materials to fill in the space (Discussion)
Week 11 Draw or paint a representation of what creating art means to you
Week 12 Draw or paint anything you want
  • Please contact Capital Counseling if you are interested in participating.
  • For more information or to register, call (518) 462-6531

 

Anxiety Coping Skills Group

Location: Capital Counseling: 650 Warren Street, Albany NY 12208
Dates and Time: Start Date: February 29th, 2020

Time: Wednesdays 3:30PM-5:00PM

10 Week Closed Group

Facilitator: Wendy Connelly, LMHC
Insurances Accepted: Most insurances accepted with a copay. Call to find out more.

Self-pay $40 per session

Group Description:

Learn to cope more effectively with anxiety using cognitive behavioral relaxation and mindfulness skills.

Meant for individuals age 18 and up, who have need of/or would benefit from psychoeducation and skill building for anxiety management in a group setting.

This group is meant to help clients learn to manage anxiety by:
• Mastering relaxation techniques
• Adopting mindfulness and cognitive behavioral strategies to reorient and refocus
• Reframing difficult and anxiety inducing situations as more manageable
• Interacting with other group members in a mutually supportive environment

  • Group is open to clients aged 18+
  • Group is limited to 10 clients
  • Group will utilize reading material, as well as sharing and mutual support
  • Please contact Capital Counseling if you are interested in participating.
  • For more information or to register, call (518) 462-6531

 

Mood Disorder Recovery Group
Location: Capital Counseling: 650 Warren St, Albany NY 12208
Dates and Time: Start Date: April 11th-June 20th

Time: Saturdays 10:00AM to 11:30AM

Closed 11 Week Group

Facilitator: Micah Ilowit, LCSW
Insurances Accepted: Most insurances accepted with a copay. Call to find out more.

Self-pay $40 per session

Group Description:

This group is intended for anyone with a mood disorder, specifically those suffering from depression. Depression prevalence has increased sharply in recent decades. There is mounting evidence in support of the idea that our modern day lifestyles are a “mismatch” with the contexts in which humans have evolved to thrive. As a result of these findings, Dr. Stephen S. Ilardi at University of Kansas has developed the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change for Depression (TLC-D). This treatment approach is designed to help depressed individuals integrate these six “core” antidepressant lifestyle elements back into their everyday lives.

The Mood Disorder Recovery Group uses the TLC-D treatment guide to help individuals improve symptoms related to a mood disorder. This is a 11-session group therapy intervention that consists primarily of 1) Didactic information about the anti-depressant effects and declining frequency of the core elements within the modern day lifestyle 2) Information and suggestions on how group members can incorporate the elements back into their lives and 3) Group discussion and troubleshooting around integration of the elements. Individuals must be 18 or older.

  • Group is open to clients aged 18+
  • Group is limited to 12 clients
  • Please contact Capital Counseling if you are interested in participating.
  • For more information or to register, call (518) 462-6531

 

The Grief Recovery Method®

Grief Support Class

Location: Capital Counseling: 4 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, NY 12065
Dates and Time: Start Date: TBD – Wait list started

7 Week Program

Facilitator: Sue Quinn, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®
Self Pay Only: Self-pay $40 per session
Group Description:

The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses

People say you have to let go and move on in your life, but they don’t tell you what you need to do to accomplish that. The Grief Recovery Method® Outreach Program not only makes that possible, but provides partnerships and guidance to ensure that it happens.

Myths about grief:

• Time heals all wounds
• Replace the loss
• Grieve alone
• Be strong for others
• Bury your feelings

Your feelings are normal and natural. The problem is that we have been socialized to believe that these feelings are abnormal and unnatural.

Whether your loss is from:

• Death
• Divorce or end of a relationship
• Loss of a career
• Loss of trust
• Loss of faith
• Loss of safety
• Loss of health

  • Please contact Capital Counseling if you are interested in participating.
  • For more information or to register, call (518) 462-6531