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Group Counseling

Why consider a self-help group or group counseling?

Self-help groups and group counseling can be a great way to learn and practice coping skills with other like-minded individuals.  Regardless of the type, involvement in group therapy or a self-help group can be a source of support and can remind us that “we are not alone.”  The group approach serves as a reminder that there are other people who are also often facing the same or similar challenges.  Additionally, members of the group can support each other and share effective strategies for dealing with a particular problem that we may not have thought of.

Not all groups are the same!

There are numerous type of groups commonly offered in behavioral health clinics.  Group types include:

  • Mutual Support/Self-Help Groups:  This type of group offers an opportunity to connect with and gain support from others who are facing the same challenge.  They may be peer led or led by a professional facilitator.
  • Educational Groups:  Educational groups are led by a facilitator trained and well-versed in a particular subject and are aimed at assisting with new habit formation.
  • Psychotherapy Groups:  This type of group therapy is facilitated by a mental health therapist and provides a safe place to learn and practice healthy coping skills for improving interpersonal effectiveness, increasing distress tolerance, and/or effectively managing mental health symptoms.

Women’s 12 Step Recovery Group

Illustration describing Women's 12 Step Group Counseling
Women’s 12 Step Recovery Group Therapy

This free mutual support group is open to women wanting an opportunity to meet with other women who are pursuing a similar path to healing and wellness.  This group is peer led, meaning that staff neither facilitates nor attend group.   No appointment is needed!  Any ladies wanting to live a life free from the shackles of mood-altering substances are welcome!

Date and Time:  Every Wednesday from Noon to 1:00 p.m.


Out of an abundance of caution amid Covid19 concerns, the Women’s 12 Step Recovery Group will be held remotely using Zoom.  To “attend”, please click this URL:

Mindfulness Monday

Have you been wanting to practice mindfulness or meditation but struggle doing it by yourself?

Start off your week with this facilitator-led meditation, followed by a discussion about the practice.  Let Rita be your guide in starting or strengthening a regular practice of meditation, which has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression, symptoms of PTSD, and chronic pain.  Participants are encouraged to commit to attending for 8 weeks in order to allow time for “rewiring the brain,” maximizing psychological and physiological benefits.    (Participants may pay $20 per session or, if it is part of your mental health treatment plan, may have the cost billed to insurance.)

Date and Time:  Mondays from 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.

Text Rita at (218) 255-3321 for available dates or more information

Group Therapy Counseling by Wellness Matters


Are you finding that your medications are not quite enough to effectively manage your depression or anxiety? Do you struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder?  Would you like to learn techniques to naturally manage depression and anxiety?

Join the HAAD group to learn and practice 50 brain-changing mindfulness methods for Healing Anxiety And Depression and lessening feelings of unworthiness.

This 50-minute weekly group lasts 10 – 12 weeks.  Group members learn and practice cutting-edge interventions to relieve distress and suffering. This group also includes an introduction to simple yoga poses to further heal the physiology of shame.  (Participants may pay $20 per session or, if it is part of your mental health treatment plan, may have the cost billed to insurance.  A workbook costing approximately $20 is required for this group.)

Date and Time:  Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Text Sandy at (218) 255-4938 for dates or more information


Do you find yourself in self-defeating patterns of behavior?  Are you trying to find a way forward to health, healing and happiness despite your history of trauma?

TREM is an empowering group intervention for women who are healing from emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse. Group members learn strategies for self-comfort and accurate self-monitoring.  Skill building in such areas as boundary setting, communication, decision-making, emotional regulation, and safer, more reciprocal relationships is also learned and practiced.

This 50-minute weekly group is approximately 24 weeks in length.  (Participants may pay $20 per session or, if it is part of your mental health treatment plan, may have the cost billed to insurance.)

Text Sandy at (218) 255-4938 for dates or more information

For more information about Wellness Matters, please see About Us – Wellness Matters.

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