This group is for adults ages 24 and older. Candidates for this group are seeking to participate in a non-medically oriented (not targeting a diagnosis) group to increase their interpersonal effectiveness and satisfaction in relationships. Some may be in individual psychotherapy for treatment of a medically necessary condition such as depression, although having an individual therapist is not required.
Most members have experienced important successes in their lives and want to work within a growth and awareness arena rather than in a deficit model context. Likewise, members value being active contributors to a team effort.
Through examining patterns of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about themselves and those around them in the "here and now" as well as taking new risks, participants move toward their Value Generated Goals in relationships. Integration of interpersonal effectiveness skills enhances the work of the group.
Members agree to work toward practicing new patterns of responding in the group. A shared goal is exporting their learning and change to specific prioritized relationships outside of the group.
Participants have commented that the group has helped them: create meaning during major life challenges, stay focused during charged interactions, approach conflict constructively and creatively, decrease isolation, be less defensive.
Daniel Even is a 34-year veteran of the field, and specializes in anxiety, depression, burnout at work, interpersonal skills, marital conflict, pain management, and religious issues. He works with most age groups, including young adults, college students, adults, professionals, couples, and seniors.
Daniel specializes in group therapy. In addition to his private practice, he also leads an experiential group at UMass Dartmouth for graduate students in the psychology department. He is a Certified Group Psychotherapist and a life member of both the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy.
Daniel's approaches to therapy include acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and mindfulness practices. In addition to his master's degree in Social Work, Daniel also holds a Master of Divinity. He has a special interest in connecting Western religious traditions with an Eastern meditative approach. His approach to mindfulness integrates dialectical behavioral skills in order to address clients' conflicts and strengths related to spirituality.
Daniel has degrees from Harvard, Smith College, and Bucknell University, and has worked in several health centers and hospitals throughout New England. He has been in private practice since 1981.