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Exploring the benefits of group therapy, whether online or in-person

A local mental health clnician talks about the benefits of group therapy
Posted at 6:59 AM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 10:47:30-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — This pandemic has brought on much heart ache, loss, and loneliness. Many of us need extra help navigating all of these changes, and group therapy sessions that are meant to help those dealing with grief and other issues, have all gone virtual.

News5 spoke to a local mental health clinician about the benefits of group therapy whether it's virtual or in-person.

Tory L. White is a psychotherapist with Creative Pathways Counseling, and hosts several online group sessions in our area. Each group is tailored to a persons specific need.

"Initially there were a lot of phone groups, but I started getting into more virtual groups because people really need to see each other during this pandemic," White said. "There are different focuses for each group. Sometimes there are groups for women only that relate to relationships, groups for teens, and I even offer a group for men only," she said.

White says before each session she makes sure to lay out the guidelines so that each group session can be held in a safe and respectful place. She also says most group sessions are held by a mental health professional.

"Sometimes people just want to utilize the group as a sounding board, just to get some questions answers or learn best practices," she explained. "These people are looking for creative ways to live. It will cause us to actually mature in a lot of our skill-set because we are communicating and relating to one another in a different way."

For more information on the group sessions held by Tory L. White, click here.