Group Counseling In Maryland

Group Counseling Services In Maryland

Alicia Dorn, LCPC Is A Group Counselor In Maryland.

Alicia is accepting new patients, please call 443-977-4885 or email me at amdorn@aliciadorncounseling.com

Thanks for taking a few minutes to learn more about group counseling.

If you are having a hard time feeling connected with others since you’ve been diagnosed with your chronic illness, you’re in the right place. 

Dealing With Chronic Illness In Group Counseling

Chances are that you likely interact with people who don’t understand what it takes to be you everyday, and that is a frustrating experience. You are no stranger to hearing people assume that you’re “lazy,” “wanting attention,” and “being dramatic” when talking about how your health affects you.


The experiences of a chronically ill person are different, and there are many pressures on you to fit into society’s expectations to be “productive” and “successful.” But you know that your journey is different, and you could use some support figuring out how to make your life work for you.


Ultimately you want to surround yourself with people who “get it” and won’t dismiss you when talking about your struggles with your health. 


I get it. I’m glad you’re here.


Benefits of Chronic Illness Group Counseling

  1. Connect with people who understand your struggles with your health
  2. Talk about the hard stuff that you can’t bring up with others in your life
  3. Learn helpful ways to manage with your chronic illness symptoms 
  4. Practice coping skills to handle your feelings 
  5. Hear success stories from other chronically ill people 
  6. Experience lower levels of stress
  7. Feel less isolated 
  8. Feel better prepared to support yourself in your community.

Getting Started

Schedule a free 15-minute consultation to begin. We will discuss your goals and make a decision about working together. You will then receive all group paperwork and payment information to be completed to secure your spot in the group. Once payment and forms are completed, you will receive the link for the group. All material shared with me either in writing or in person is confidential.

To get started, please call me at 443-977-4885 or email me at info@aliciadorncounseling.com to either talk more about the process or explore working together.

Virtual Chronic Illness Support Groups

We are offering two 6-week groups that help chronically ill adults and teens manage their life, cope with challenges and build a supportive community.

Teens Living with Chronic Illness

Group Dates: Tues 10/4/22 – 11/8/22 6pm EST

Price: $325

Participants will be able to:

  • Express feeling relating to your life with a chronic illness
  • Make a plan using practical skills to use at home, school and in the community
  • Build lifelong relationships with other chronically ill teens

Family Support Sessions available for $75 (45-minutes) upon request.

In counseling, I do a few things: first, I help identify the critical issues that are causing stress for everyone. Then, I support you all in figuring out how to address the elephant in the room that no one really feels comfortable talking about (i.e., your health condition, avoiding things out of fear etc.). By the time we’re finished, families report growing closer together because of a deeper sense of understanding that has grown during the therapeutic process. Clients share that they feel more supported and prepared to overcome challenges that show up in the future.

4 Important Things To Know Before Starting Family Counseling

1

This is not something to start just to “fix” someone in your family. Everyone has their own work they will do to work through the challenges together.

2

The biggest benefit for your kids is seeing you as a part of the process. Kids are more motivated when they experience their parent’s involvement in therapy.

3

There may be moments when you feel uncomfortable during and after the session (and that’s to be expected). But keep in mind that those moments happen less as you work through the issues together.

4

We will talk about what the family wants to accomplish from the beginning, and everyone’s needs will be included in those goals.

Thanks for taking a few minutes to learn more about family counseling. If your family is stressed, you’re in the right place. Families come to work with me feeling helpless, resentful and disconnected from members in the family. The drive home everyday is full of dread instead of excitement, because you know what awaits you – arguing, more work and feeling unheard in all of the chaos.