Therapy groups are currently available to residents of these states. Wellness groups are available nationwide.

Frequently asked questions

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  • A licensed therapist facilitates discussions with a small group of individuals and implements proven treatments and strategies for managing mental health challenges and conditions.

  • Group therapy provides benefits that individual therapy may not. Other members in group share your experience and can provide support, insights, ideas, offer a sounding board, give you perspective, and help with your accountability throughout your process.

Group therapy has been proven effective in helping people deal with a wide range of issues from mild challenges to severe or chronic mental health conditions. It has been shown to be as effective as individual therapy, and for some conditions, it can be more effective than individual therapy.

Individuals meet over a virtual platform where they can interact, typically in 60 to 120 minute sessions. Group leaders guide and facilitate self-exploration, give feedback and support, teach skills and give tasks, provide comments on interpersonal issues in the group, and encourage group cohesion. Some therapists take an active role in each session and others give group members more responsibility for self-exploration. Group therapists establish what each member wants to gain from group and works to adjust the group to address each person’s needs.

  • $50 per person each session for 60-minute group sessions.

  • $65 per person each session for 90-minute group sessions.

  • Group is a fraction of the cost of individual therapy and often lower than your insurance co-pay. You should check with your insurance company regarding co-pay and reimbursement for the fees you pay upfront for group sessions. Your costs can range from $0 to the full amount of each session.

  • Group therapy can be a fixed set of weeks (8, 12, or 20 weeks for example) or ongoing weekly.

  • Most therapy groups are small with 5-10 members, and meet once per week on a set day and time.

  • You can cancel your membership in a group at any time.

  • Before your first session, you will meet with your therapist or coach and begin to build a relationship, making the first session more comfortable.

  • In GroupWell video sessions, each member can see all other members and their first names only. And you can join from the comfort and privacy of your home.

  • It often takes 3-4 sessions for members of a group to start to feel a bond to each other. Making the time and commitment to attend several sessions before making a judgement will have huge returns.

  • You can join a video session from a laptop, desktop computer, or smartphone.

  • It is best to have a strong wifi or cellular connection.

  • Make sure that you have a quiet, private space to sign on to the virtual session and that you are free of distractions.

The process of joining a group begins with a health questionnaire and a private session with your group therapist that your group therapist uses to understand your symptoms and goals. Throughout your time in a group, you will be regularly asked for your feedback and to provide an update on your health status. This helps the therapist make adjustments to meet your personal needs. Your responses will be available in the My Journey tab on your GroupWell dashboard.

It is best practice to separate individual therapy and group therapy. We understand you will likely develop a strong working relationship with your group therapist. However, we do not recommend seeing the same therapist for both individual and group therapy, and we do not provide individual therapy over the GroupWell platform. From time to time, your therapist may determine that a brief private follow up meeting is needed. Your therapist can set this up and can also refer you out to individual care if it is indicated.

  • Based on the information you provide when you register, we will offer you recommended groups. You can also search for a group by clicking on the Find a Group button at the top of any GroupWell page.

  • In one click you can learn more about the therapist, save the group to your dashboard, or share the group with someone else.

  • You will also have the opportunity to meet with your therapist or coach prior to joining the first session to learn about the therapist and discuss the group process and tasks to make sure the group is the right fit.

  • At any time, you can reach out to support@groupwell.net to get help finding and joining a group.

  • Your licensed therapist is required by law to keep your personal information and what you say in group strictly confidential. And while other members in the group are not held to the same standard, we require every member to sign and abide by the Circle of Trust to reinforce the need for privacy and appropriate behavior. And most importantly, you choose what you want to share in group.

  • Your face and first name only will be visible in video sessions to the therapist and the other members of the group.

  • GroupWell therapists are State Board licensed and certified holding masters or doctoral degrees. They can be Psychologists (PhD, PsyD), Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Clinical Social Workers (LCSW, LMSW), or Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC).

  • For wellness programs, the coach is a nationally certified coach or certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) or Co-Active.

  • Group therapy is reimbursed by Medicaid and many health plans. To be eligible for reimbursement, your practitioner will need to provide a diagnosis.

  • Mental health coverage varies by health insurance company and health plan. Before starting care, please check your coverage and talk to someone at your insurance company. Here are key questions to ask:

    • Do I have mental health insurance benefits?

    • What is my deductible and has it been met?

    • Is virtual group therapy covered?

    • How many group therapy sessions per year does my health insurance cover?

    • What is the coverage amount per group therapy session and what is the co-pay?

    • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

  • We want to make sure you have a great experience on GroupWell. Sometimes the exact group you’re looking for isn’t yet available. We’re here to help. Please reach out to us at support@groupwell.net and we’ll work on finding the right fit.