Group Therapy in Livermore

Therapy Groups for Children and Parents
Group Therapy Parents

 Group Therapy for Children and Parents

Group therapy occurs when a therapist meets with a group of people with the intention of helping them change therapeutically.  The number of people in each group as well as the duration of each session changes according to the developmental stage of the people in the group (children, teens, adults, etc.).

Therapists can apply a number of theories and techniques in group therapy. In general, we work within the modalities in which we are trained and experienced.

  • With adults,  the primary therapeutic modalities I use are redecision therapy, expressive arts, and sand tray.
  • With teens, I also incorporate some play therapy techniques.
  • With children, I use play therapy, with an emphasis on gestalt play therapy and sand tray therapy. I sometimes focus on utilizing Legos according to the Legos Serious Play model.

At first, group therapy can be anxiety-provoking. Over time, however, group members look forward to group therapy.  The group becomes a safe space and harbor–A place to experiment with new behavior while experiencing support.

At this time, I am offering group therapy in Livermore for children and parents. Learn more about each group below.

All group members must undergo an intake process before joining a therapy group. The intake process consists of:

  • Initial interview–conducted with the adult client or with all of a child’s parents/caretakers. It lasts about 50 minutes and costs the regular therapy fee of $250.
  • Child client individual play therapy session: 45 minutes/$250
  • In some cases, these can be combined into one session; please inquire about that possibility.

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Group Play Therapy - FULL

Date: Wednesdays

Time: 3 PM, 50 Minutes

Fee: $95 per session

Age: 4-5 years old

Participants: Limited to 2-3

Lego-BasedPlay Therapy

iDate: TBD–Forming Fall 2024

Time: TBD

Fee: $95 per session

Age: 7-8 years old

Participants: Limted to 4-5 (2 spots left)

Healing Change for Parents-Fall Session

Date: Thursdays, Sept. 8 to Nov. 14, 2024

Time: 12 to 2 PM

Fee: $95 per session

Participants: Limited to 6


Group Play Therapy with Children

Play therapy is a widely researched therapeutic modality used to support children’s growth and development while addressing a number of emotional and behavioral concerns.

Group play therapy offers opportunities to work on social skills and boundaries with peers while in a therapeutic setting. Group play therapy allows the play therapist to support more children with the powers of play therapy.

Experience as a group therapy leader is central to a successful therapy group. Dr. Keller has offered group therapy to children, teens, and adults in an in-patient setting, at a bereavement center, and at a non-profit, where she co-led weekly and monthly groups for four years. She focuses on being present and observant throughout the session, tuning in to subtle emotional responses that give insight into the group members’ internal states. She focuses on inviting awareness by connecting behavior to emotions and inviting problem-solving at the moment.

Group therapy for young children presents opportunities to learn that they can get their needs met directly and cooperatively rather than indirectly (acting out behavior) and through competition.

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Irving Yalom identified the therapeutic factors of group therapy. They are listed as …


Universality refers to the healing power of the realization that others have the same feelings and concerns. It normalizes experiences, validates us, and helps us feel less alone.

Instillation of Hope

Because group members are at different stages of growth, renewal, and healing, they inspire each other almost naturally and help instill hope in others.


The experience that group members help each other. We benefit when others lift us and when we feel like we are lifting others.

Imparting Information

Everyone contributes knowledge to the group. Through sharing, group members gain valuable information about available resources and other useful facts.


Group therapy is ideal for helping people develop social skills or deal with the anxieties of meeting and learning to trust others.

Corrective Recapitulation of the Primary Family Experience

Group members bond in ways reminiscent of bonds they shared with family members growing up, stirring up old feelings. The group therapist is trained to help group members distinguish what is going on in the here and now from what went on in the there and then. This allows for insight, growth, healing, and corrective experiences.


Groups go through their own process of growth, culminating in a sense that the group members are “in this together.” Group therapy bestows a sense of belonging, meeting a fundamental human need.


Group members learn by watching and copying the therapist and others.

Existential Factors

Group therapy promotes the experience that we are responsible for our actions and their consequences.


The group serves as an emotional container. When group members join together and share their emotions and stories. They release them into the group’s container and leave feeling somehow “lighter.”

Interpersonal Learning

Group members learn from others’ feedback, verbal and nonverbal.


One benefit of group therapy is that members gain insight into who they are and why they do what they are doing.

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