This is a psychodynamic "process group" for 8-10 adults selected by appropriate fit with one another. Members are typically working on a variety issues, such as depression, anxiety, socialization, stress, relationship problems, work issues and other common therapeutic difficulties.
Members are encouraged to use the group for growth and support by sharing their feelings and thoughts about both their experiences outside group and their interactions within the group. This group is an open format as members learn to use group to enhance their development. Group affords opportunities for healing and growth that sometimes do not occur in individual therapy and functions as an important complement to individual therapy.
Potential members must first meet with the therapist for a consultation to determine appropriateness of fit or learn more about group. The group is not time-limited and members typically remain with the group for 3 months and longer.
Nathaniel Smith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who welcomes couples, families, and individual clients across the lifespan to his practice in New York. He often works with clients for such issues as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and anger management.
Nathaniel has advanced training in adult group psychotherapy, which he uses either independently of – or in conjunction – with individual therapy. Group has been shown to be just as effective or more effective than individual therapy in most situations; an individual therapist can tell you that you are not alone in facing difficulties, but group members can ground you in the experience of it. Learning the manner in which different members see you opens up new possibilities for the way you view yourself. Listening to other group members can create a sense of permission to say what you might otherwise be uncomfortable to say alone in an individual session. The differing dynamics of group therapy can access issues that aren’t reached as effectively in individual therapy. When undertaken at the same time they can often enhance the work being done in the other format. This can a be a very effective approach for sticky issues that don’t seem to progress well enough in individual therapy.
Nathaniel's office is located in downtown Pleasantville, NY immediately across from the Jacob Burns Film center. It is convenient to access from the train as well as the Saw Mill and Taconic Parkways. He looks forward to speaking to explore the possibility of working together!