Relational weekly psychotherapy group | Therapy Group in New York — Zencare

Relational weekly psychotherapy group


Online Psychotherapy Process Group

This is a mixed-gender adult (22+) interpersonal therapy process, group

The group meets online, via a secure video platform on Mondays at 12:00 pm

Cost per session: $70

The group creates a safe, supportive, and confidential environment where members are able to express emotions, interact with each other and resolve relationship issues.

The group will focus on the “here-and-now”. This means that group discussions are focused on the problems occurring in the present, between group members. Members will get to know each other and interactions between them are encouraged. Thoughts, feelings, and reactions that occur in the group between the participants are discussed and processed. Throughout this honest and authentic interpersonal interaction, the members learn more about themselves and resolve issues occurring outside of the group, in their lives. They are able to receive feedback from other group members, thus become aware of patterns of behaviors, unconscious motivations, unexpressed feelings. Participants also have the opportunity to experiment with new behaviors.

The group will also give the opportunity for members to talk about stressors and gain support from each other. Groups usually go through stages, but eventually, not only does each individual achieve personal growth and self-awareness, but also the group as a whole achieves intimacy and relatedness between the group members.

About interpersonal, process therapy group:

Just like in individual therapy, the therapeutic relationship and human connectedness are what is important and healing in groups.

Transference. “Transference” in psychotherapy is considered to be the main clinical tool that helps. The term means feelings that have been felt in the past (usually childhood, but not only) have been transferred onto someone else (in the case of therapy this is the therapist). This is exactly what makes the therapeutic situations so unique. Group participants work clinically with real feelings and relationships in order to achieve personal growth, change, or healing. What is unique about group therapy is that the transference is not only onto the therapist, but it spreads amongst other group members, and the group as a whole, which makes group therapy a powerful tool for personal growth.

We bring our inner relationships with important others and groups in each and every situation, relationship, or group we enter. Thus the therapeutic situation becomes a micro-model of the outside reality where people can safely work on their problems and process their feelings. With the help of therapy, we have the power to change dysfunctional past relationships, models, experiences, and feelings.

Interpersonal group therapy is a powerful tool for people to explore and work on the way they relate to others, identify patterns of behavior and change them.

The group is open to everyone 22 and older, regardless of gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, origin, race, ethnicity, etc. The group is suitable for people who:

• Are interested in personal growth

• Are interested to find out more about themselves

• Are struggling with interpersonal relationships

• Want to find out more about how they relate to others

• Feel alienated from others, unable to relate, or have difficulties feeling empathy

• Are interested in working on issues like anxiety, depression, life transitions, etc., and are looking to find support in group therapy.

Group Therapist

Irina Simidchieva is a New York Licensed Clinical Social Worker/psychotherapist and psychoanalyst who has European, as well as American training and is licensed to practice in NYS. Her experience and various training have given her the ability and expertise to utilize a variety of different methods, models, and modalities. In her clinical work, she utilizes a creative, eclectic contemporary approach depending on the individual patient and their needs; but she always approaches the clinical work from an integrative/psychodynamic perspective.

​She has experience with diverse populations and all age groups. The onset of her career was marked by caring for the most vulnerable, underserved, and marginalized populations of NYC, those at risk and mentally ill.

Her work in a busy NYC-based clinic, prior to her starting a private practice, has given her the chance to gain experience with patients with different levels of functioning and literally all mental health statuses, including trauma and PTSD, anxiety and depression, psychosis, and serious mental illness, addictions and eating disorders, etc.

​Her post-graduate training in psychoanalysis at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis has advanced her clinical expertise. She currently specializes in relational psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

​She currently sees adults in individual, couple, family, and group psychotherapy.

Irina Simidchieva

Irina Simidchieva is a therapist in New York, New York specializing in anxiety, life transitions, trauma, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and attachment issues.

Monday 12:00 pm

New York (Online)