About Interactive Process Groups…

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

– Helen Keller

Interactive Process Groups:

Basic Information

Interactive Process Groups are based on the understanding that the quality of our lives is directly linked to the quality of our relationships. They function on the principle that emotional well being depends on having the skills to develop, sustain, and repair mutually nourishing relationships with others.

Each of us develops habitual patterns of relating and attempting to get what we need. Many of these patterns serve us well; others leave us feeling stuck, frustrated, hurt, resentful, and/or lonely. Interactive Process Groups help you develop more effective ways of relating with other people. You become more familiar with your own patterns and habits – the ones that work well, and the ones that no longer serve you. And you can experiment with changing your patterns in a safe, supportive setting.

Our emotional well-being is developed, maintained, and restored through supportive relationships with others. These groups offer an ongoing opportunity to improve the quality of our lives by improving our ability to relate deeply, authentically, and meaningfully with other people.

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

  • Intimate partners
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Co-workers

Interactive Process Groups help you:

  • Develop your capacity for intimacy
  • Become more assertive
  • Express your needs, feelings, hopes, and fears
  • Feel more comfortable connecting in a group of people
  • 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
  • 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, desires, hopes, and fears

What happens in an Interactive Process Group?

  • A strong sense of support and community develops. Members join in order to deepen their connections with other people, to work on themselves, to support each other, and to 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
  • The group is far more than a time to talk about problems and get advice. When the group meets, we look at the ways we respond to one another, the strategies we use in relationships, and the choices we make. We look at how these affect us as well as those around us. We explore the places where new understandings and growth can happen.
  • 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 dowork 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 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


Preparing for a Process Group

Getting the Most out of Interactive Process Groups

Process Group Agreement

Process Group Application