CHRISTIAN GROUP THERAPY
We understand that a man’s walk through the recovery process does not take place in isolation, but in companionship with others, as true fellowship occurs when two or more are in one another’s company. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” During group therapy at Holdfast we hold each other accountable by “Speaking truth in love”.
Clients begin by attending groups daily addressing many issues that are deeply rooted within their trauma and addiction. Holdfast group therapy model is based on a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach, developed by Dr. Aaron T. Beck. Dr. Beck found that behavior is determined by “automatic thoughts” or cognitions. CBT is based on the idea that how we think (cognitions), how we feel (emotion), and how we act (behaviors) all interact together. Our automatic thoughts dictate our feelings and our behaviors, and that behavior reinforces thoughts.
For recovery to take place clients learn to identify their automatic thoughts which fall into three categories: thoughts about themselves, the world, and their future. During group therapy clients begin to allow others to confront them, “speaking truth in love,” as automatic thoughts are often invisible to the addict. By assisting clients to identify and evaluate their automatic thoughts they will begin to think more realistically, allowing change in behavior.