About Interactive Process Groups…

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

– Helen Keller

INTERACTIVE PROCESS GROUPS

Interactive Process Groups offer an immensely effective vehicle for personal change.

They’re based on the understanding that everyone develops certain patterns of relating to other people in their lives. Many of these patterns serve us well. Others leave us feeling stuck, frustrated, hurt, and/or lonely.

In an Interactive Process Group you attend to these patterns, learn about the ones that aren’t working for you, and experiment with changing them in a safe, supportive setting.

A good, on-going Interactive Process Group offers its members multiple perspectives and experiences that one-on-one therapy can’t provide. Because human beings are evolutionarily hard-wired to develop, maintain, and restore our emotional well-being through supportive relationships with others, these groups help catalyze profound personal growth.

Interactive Process Groups help you improve your ability to relate authentically to…

  • Intimate partners
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Co-workers

Interactive Process Groups help you:

  • Express yourself clearly and spontaneously
  • Feel more comfortable connecting in a group of people
  • Develop your capacity for intimacy
  • Speak your truth and develop a sense of inner authenticity
  • Learn how to deal with anger and conflict constructively
  • Change stuck patterns in your relationships
  • Become more assertive
  • Grow more outgoing and socially comfortable
  • Learn more about the part you play in relationships that remain stuck or unsatisfying
  • Become part of a caring community of people

 You’ll develop relationship skills such as:

  • Being in touch with your feelings and reactions, and expressing them effectively
  • Understanding other points of view
  • Having the courage to bring up challenging issues
  • Letting others know you and understand you
  • Empathizing & listening
  • Becoming more aware of blind spots
  • Setting limits
  • Allowing yourself to be more open and vulnerable
  • Building and re-building trust
  • Identifying your needs, hopes, and fears

What happens in an Interactive Process Group…

  • A strong sense of support and community develops. Members join in order to work on themselves, support each other, and learn about their own and others’ patterns of relating.  Because of this, you spend a good deal of time relating directly with the other people in the group
  • At your own pace, you’ll gradually learn to risk showing the group more of who you are. When members of a group take the risk of opening up, they often discover that they are not only accepted, but appreciated for their courage and trust
  • You’ll identify patterns of relating that don’t work for you so that you can change them, and you’ll identify patterns of relating that do work for you, so you can expand on them
  • You’ll get direct, honest, feedback about how you affect others, and why they’re responding to you the way they are. This process is immensely clarifying and helpful in your life outside the group
  • You’ll have the opportunity to discover how your behavior effects other people, and how others’ reactions to your behavior influences your image of yourself
  • You’ll have the opportunity to give honest, authentic feedback to others in the group, helping them with their own learning, and helping them achiever their goals
  • You’ll learn how to identify your feelings, and the subtle emotional responses people have when interacting with one another
  • You’ll see other people struggling with issues that may be similar to yours, and through this you’ll learn about yourself as well as others
  • You’ll have the opportunity to try out new behaviors in a safe setting

Additional Information

Interactive Process Groups are effective on their own or as an adjunct to individual therapy. People usually remain in group until they feel they’ve achieved the goals they set for themselves.  Most people stay for at least a year; some find the experience so worthwhile and rewarding that they stay far longer. 

For more information, please read the following documents, and/or contact me at (401) 709-4295 or ARoberts@archieroberts.net

RELATED DOCUMENTS:

Preparing for a Process Group

Getting the Most out of Interactive Process Groups

Process Group Agreement

Process Group Application