LISAR Group Psychotherapy
Group Psychotherapy is either educational, process driven or a combination, and is acknowledged as the most effective form of treatment for sex addicts. Group process focuses on shame reduction, maintaining sexual sobriety through high levels of accountability, the value of honesty, expressing feelings and decompartmentalization of life and life congruency. In addiction, addicts become lonely, withdrawn and isolated. Group process aids in creating attachments between group members and intimate bonds by encouraging group members to have explicit conversations about their sexuality, sexual behavior, body image, and relationships.
Group consists of weekly 2-hour sessions with a maximum of eight (8) participants.
Groups are driven by a Task Centered Approach to address the following tasks:
•Break Through Denial •Understand the Nature of Addictive Illness •Surrender to Process •Limit Damage from Behavior •Establish Sobriety •Ensure Physical Integrity •Participate in culture of Support
Goals for the group include:
•Defining and accountability to sexual sobriety •Accountability with an emphasis on relapse prevention •Maintaining long term sexual health
LISAR groups offer clients the opportunity to see the progression, insight and change in themselves and in others- they also give clients an opportunity to experience their insights and the insights of other group members in an atmosphere of support and hopefulness. Groups’ purposes address such issues as the instillation of hope, the universality experienced by group members as they see themselves in others, the opportunity to develop insight through relationships, and a variety of other concerns specific to relational issues of clients and their process. From these perspectives, LISAR's process-sensitive group approach finds its direction in the traditions of psychological theory and has a significant range
of expression. Through the group’s interactional group process LISAR provides individuals with significant information about how their behavior affects others and how they are in turn affected by other members. LISAR focuses on internal and external relationships within the context of group. Attention is focused on the nature and growth shared by relationships manifested in the "here and now" as the group takes place. LISAR's second approach is referred to as a directive approach; it offers structured group and individual goals and therapist-directed interventions to enable change in ways consistent with ways that others have to achieve long term therapeutic change. LISAR addresses major issues of concern for clients to facilitate self-discovery and growth through appropriately sequential activities. LISAR integrates cognitive-behavioral interventions and the clients' growing awareness of their ability to control their own belief systems and self-talk and thus control their emotional states which drive sexual behavior. Clients are asked to share experiences in the group for exploration and examination. In addiction recovery groups, LISAR's intention is that clients who perceive their emotional world as controllable will no longer need to use sexual behavior to exert "external" control".
LISAR Ongoing Recovery Groups:
•Help reduce denial, process ambivalence, and facilitate acceptance of their addicted identity •Increase motivation for sobriety and other changes •Treat the psychological issues (e.g., anxiety, depression) that often accompany addictions and change throughout one’s course of sobriety •Increase the capacity to recognize, anticipate, and cope with situations that may precipitate addictive behavior •Develop and monitor relapse prevention •Meet the intense needs of all clients for sober acceptance and support