Group Session FAQs

Have a question about our spiritual/therapy fusion group sessions? Check out the FAQ section below. Have a question we didn't answer? Email ashley@bluesagecounselingandwellness.com and we'll get you the information you need. 

 

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Q: What are the benefits of having a closed group?

A closed group format means that enrollment is only available for past and/or current clients.  I have chosen this format in the hopes of providing a sense of safety right from the beginning.  As many of you know, the experiential process is funky in its own right and you'll get the chance to connect with others who speak the same experiential language and have likely had similar experiences that you've had during their own sessions.

Q: I am either a past or long-term client of Ashley's and we haven't done any and/or much experiential work.  Is this still for me?

Absolutely!  Sessions are structured to accommodate everyone at all different therapy levels and instructions are easy to follow.  In fact, some find group therapy less intimidating (compared to individual sessions) because there is less focus on you and you have the gift of learning from and being supported by others doing their own work.

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Q: Is there an age requirement for the group?

Yes, you must be at least 18 years of age to join.

Q: Am I able to file out-of-network claims through insurance for group therapy?

Yes!  Just as is the case with your individual sessions, you can be provided with a superbill that you can file with your insurance company that can be applied to your out-of-network benefits.

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Q: Am I able to use my HSA and/or FSA account to pay for these sessions?

Yes!  Group therapy is typically covered by your insurance; however, you will need to verify this with your insurance company directly.

Q: Is this like your former Spirituality Community Group?

Yes and no.  In our former group we learned about and explored spiritual concepts but we did not do therapy with them.  This group will provide the opportunity to do your own work and/or be witness to someone else's.

Q: What is experiential therapy?

Experiential therapy is an umbrella term that refers to any modality of therapy that is action-oriented as opposed to traditional talk therapy that tends to be cognitive in nature.

 

Experiential therapy works to help the client experience his/her emotions and challenge rather than just passively talking about them.  Exercises include role plays and the use of props to act out the experiences the client describes as problematic in their lives.

 

The intended result is to have a shift in perspective so that the client has the ability to appreciate their problems differently can can therefore derive solutions on their own.  Experiential therapy isn't for everyone but can be a powerful tool in achieving breakthroughs.

Q: What if I'm not able to attend one or more dates for the group?

We know that you're busy and consider it a high honor that you are even considering to allocate this time for yourself and the group.  In order to uphold our commitment to create the type of environment conducive for effective therapy work, we strongly recommend that you attend each of the 8 sessions in the interest of forming and maintaining safety in the group.  This provides consistency and accountability for yourself as well as the other participants.  Additionally, it is one of the highest forms of self-care to both give and receive consistent love and support with your fellow group members.

 

That being said, we know that sometimes life has other plans for us so if you must miss a session, please try to strive for missing no more than one.  If you anticipate possibly missing more than one, we kindly ask that you reconsider joining another round of our group.  Please contact Ashley if you have any further questions or concerns at ashley@bluesagecounseling.com.

Q: Do you offer refunds?

We work very hard to create the best therapeutic environment we know how and therefore, all sales are final.

Q: Can couples and/or family members attend this group?

The structure of this group is for each group member to engage in meaningful, individual therapy work.  We have found that when loved ones are present in this setting, it can be (typically inadvertently) disruptive to the individual therapeutic process.  For those seeking to include loved ones, groups specifically structured for couples and/or families work best so as to not threaten or disrupt the integrity of the group.