Mental Health Therapy Groups - Charles George VA Medical Center - Asheville, NC
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Charles George VA Medical Center - Asheville, NC

 

Mental Health Therapy Groups

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for  Depression Group

 

Veterans develop the ability to accept distressing and avoided thoughts, emotions, memories, and sensations, while at the same time, learn to make powerful, life-enhancing choices that are consistent with their personal values.  Oversimplified, you might say, “hold and move.”   “Hold” your experience and “move” forward in your life.

 

Anger Management Group (Life Abilities)

 

A 90 min., 5 session psychoeducational group to assist Veterans in dealing with anger more effectively. Will learn skills for increasing awareness of anger and anger triggers, examining your thinking and gain tools to reduce anger and express it in appropriate ways.

 

Codependency Group

 

Codependency is a group where we teach what codependency is, where is comes from, how to identify and change behaviors including: setting boundaries, learning to love oneself and communicating clearly.

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy- DEPRESSION (CBT-D)

 

Helps Veterans to explore their thought patterns and identify which beliefs are harming or helping their recovery. Veterans learn new patterns of thinking and to develop new, positive behaviors.  Therapy focuses on relationships among thoughts, feelings, and behaviors with the goal of improving mood.  

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP)

 

Teaches Veterans how to better manage chronic pain and improve the quality of life.  Encourages Veterans to explore strategies beyond medication to cope with chronic pain.  Goal of the therapy is to help Veterans take an active, problem-solving approach to deal with the many challenges associated with chronic pain. 

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorders (CBT-SUD)

 

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Substance Use Disorders (CBT-SUD) is a 12-week group. The philosophy of the CBT centers around challenging unhelpful thoughts and beliefs about ourselves, others, and the world. The group focuses on building coping skills to identify recovery values and make fundamental changes in one’s life.

 

 

 

 

Cognitive Processing Therapy-Military Sexual Trauma Group (CPT-MST)

 

Encourages the Veteran to look at how the traumatic event is understood and interpreted and coped with as he or she tries to regain a sense control in his or her life.  Patients work through “stuck” points related to trauma.  Trauma-related beliefs are explored as well as issues related to safety, power, control, trust, intimacy, and self-esteem. 

Cog Smart

 

Targets mild TBI. This is a 10 session group which provides psychoeducation, skills, and compensatory strategies to manage cognitive deficits.

 

Combat PTSD Support Group

 

Support group for combat Veterans to support each other through related challenges such as anniversaries of combat exposures and supporting each other in their recovery process with mental health challenges.

 

Combat PTSD/SUD Group

 

Support group for combat Veterans to support each other through related challenges such as anniversaries of combat exposures and supporting each other in their recovery process with mental health challenges and substance use.

 

Come As You Are

 

This group is for Veterans who need the ‘drop in’ group flexibility. This group is for veterans want to support one another as they themselves are wanting to reduce the harm of substances in their lives, working toward sobriety, or are seeking a group to support their continued sobriety.  This is a drop in group, so only half travel pay will apply for Veterans. In this 60 minute support group, veterans will provide support to one another with the focus of building motivation to make changes (big or small) in life.

 

Couples Group

 

This is a 12-week couples group, which is based on the IBCT model. Through this group, couples will gain a deeper understanding of their partner and the relationship problems they are facing. We will review some communication skills to help couples have healthier and more positive ways of interacting.

 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Coping Skills Group

 

Develop the ability to experience life from a “Wise Mind” perspective by learning and practicing DBT coping skills.  These skills help to change behaviors, emotions, and thinking patterns associated with problems in daily living. 

 

Early Recovery Skills Group

 

This is a psychoeducational group that focuses on evidence-based SUD and relapse prevention skills and knowledge. The Group has 20 weeks of material broken up into Modules that are five sessions each including Commitment, Relapse Prevention, Interpersonal Skills, and Life Skills. This group adds new members every 5 weeks.

 

LGB Support Group

 

The Support Group offers a safe place for LGB Veterans to discuss and explore topics related to relationships, sexuality, health, identity, stress, and many more.

 

Life Abilities Group

 

Brief (2-4 sessions) psychoeducational groups focused on Recovery from PTSD, Coping/Life Skills, Anger Management, PTSD Education for Families.  Good introductory format for Veterans who are new to psychotherapy.  

MCEC Parenting Workshop

 

These are stand-alone workshops which will be offered at various dates throughout the year. These workshops offer families skills to assist in raising more resilient and healthy children, as well as strengthening family relationships.  Workshops include practical tools and strategies that families can start using right away.

 

Military Sexual Trauma Group

 

Any Veteran who was sexually traumatized while serving in the military is eligible to receive counseling regardless of gender, service connection, or era of service. To help Veteran’s deal with the emotions of military sexual trauma and regain confidence in everyday life.

 

Mindfulness Group

 

 This is a group for Veterans to learn and practice mindfulness. Open to all skill levels.

 

Moral Injury Group

 

Process-oriented group focusing on moral injury and posttraumatic growth. This ~15 session closed group, led by a psychologist and chaplain, will focus on identifying and understanding what moral injury is and address common sequelae of a Veteran’s combat and military experiences that are consistent with moral injury (e.g., betrayal, trust, grief, guilt, shame, forgiveness).

 

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)

 

Veteran-centered strategy used to elicit and strengthen motivation for change. The intervention can be used flexibly to engage Veteran’s in treatment, to support Veterans through transitions and referrals, and to support Veterans in charting an active course in recovery. 

 

OEF/OIF PTSD Group

 

Support group for OEF/OIF/OND Veterans dealing with PTSD. Veterans are encouraged to support each other. The group also reviews how to use a Wellness Plan on a daily basis to manage symptoms and PTSD and live a healthy lifestyle.

 

OEF/OIF/OND Support Group

 

Support group for OEF/OIF/OND Veterans. Veterans are encouraged to support each other. The group also reviews how to use a Wellness Plan on a daily basis to manage symptoms and live a healthy lifestyle.

 

Orientation Class

 

This is a 4 week open class designed to build a solid foundation for your recovery to be built upon. While discussion often occurs and is invited, it is much more a class than a group therapy. Topics include recovery in mental health, available resources, understanding diagnoses and some language of mental health, and working effectively with a prescriber.

 

Problem Solving Skills Group

 

Teaches Veterans practical “problem-solving skills.” This intervention enhances the Veteran’s ability to identify, discover, and create effective ways of coping with stressful problems in living.  It enhances optimism, fosters effective emotional regulation and improves problem-solving ability.

 

PTSD Education for Families

 

Psychoeducational classes to help family members/caregivers learn more about PTSD. We will cover PTSD basics, look at how PTSD can impact family life and relationships, and will also discuss PTSD treatment and resources. Participants will also learn some basic skills for healthier communication and there will be an emphasis on self-care.

 

 

 

 

PTSD Peer Support Group

 

Support group for Veterans with PTSD. This group provides Veterans with similar experiences to support one another. This group also reviews the use of a Wellness plan to live a healthy lifestyle. The importance of identity beyond diagnosis is also covered.

 

PTSD-Cognitive Processing Therapy Group

 

Encourages the Veteran to look at how the traumatic event is understood and interpreted and coped with as he or she tries to regain a sense control in his or her life.  Patients work through “stuck” points related to trauma.  Trauma-related beliefs are explored as well as issues related to safety, power, control, trust, intimacy, and self-esteem. 

Relapse Prevention Group

 

This is a 4 week group focused on questions the Veteran’s bring to the recovery process. Group leader will provide information on health in early recovery, the process of treatment for substance abuse, what are the treatments that are available for addiction, goal setting, staying motivated for recovery, and what to do should a relapse/crisis occur.   

 

Restoration in Recovery Group

 

This group considers topics such as homelessness, financial difficulties, community support systems, spirituality, and physical and mental wellness. This group discusses barriers and pitfalls associated with maintaining recovery from substance use while dealing with areas of restoration. One objective of this group is to develop a Wellness Plan to strengthen the recovery process such as Wellness Recovery and Action Planning.

 

SARRTP Alumni Group

 

This is a drop in group for individuals who have completed the residential SARRTP program. Graduates share their journey of recovery with current SARRTP participants.

 

Seeking Safety

 

This is a 12-week group for veterans who have both PTSD and substance abuse. The goal of this group is for veterans to learn safe coping skills. The group focuses on building coping skills to handle triggers and life stressors. There are options for closed* group or open* group.

 

 

 

 

 

STAIR

Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation. STAIR is a 12 week group for male and female Veterans with PTSD. This group teaches skills for dealing with emotions and improving relationship patterns.

 

TBI Group

 

Targets mild TBI.   Provides psycho-education, skills, and compensatory strategies to manage cognitive

deficits.

 

Transgender Support Group

 

The Transgender Support Group offers a safe and confidential place for transgender Veterans to share thoughts and feelings about their experiences, to explore creative ways to cope with challenges they encounter, to learn from one another, and to support and be supported by one another.

 

Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM)

 

Focused on Combat Veterans in all service eras. Therapy focuses on biological approach to trauma and teaches specific techniques to help rebalance the nervous system.  For Veterans who are resistant to trauma processing, therapy helps to normalize their experiences and offers skills to rebalance the nervous system.  The skills help develop a sense of personal mastery and self-management over intense physical and emotional states. 

 

VETERAN X

 

A Peer-led Veteran owned group wherein Veterans develop a fictional scenario of a “Veteran X’ including this Veteran’s psychosocial stressors and then work as a group, over the course of a year, to navigate the obstacles faced by Veteran X on the road to recovery in a supportive collaborative environment.

 

Women Helping Women Group

 

This group is for women and the topics focused on include assertiveness, coping with anger, expressing values and needs, relationships, setting boundaries, grief, and other relevant struggles with coping though exercises, group discussion, art projects and homework to facilitate growth and change. 

 

WRAP Group

 

Wellness Recovery Action Planning- a group to teach Veterans how to develop a plan to maintain their wellness, recognize triggers and early warning signs of relapse, respond to warning signs, and develop a plan for times of crisis.