“Supporting one another as healers is important, sacred work.” ~Tom Glaser

The Magic of Groups

Groups provide a synergy that almost defies description. Coming together, participants learn far more than they could otherwise. In fact, some of the most profound progress clients make is in groups.

Group therapy offers a safe place to learn and practice new interpersonal skills and receive immediate feedback. Participants identify these benefits of group therapy:

  •  - Experiencing acceptance and sympathy
  •  - Witnessing honesty, courage, and openness
  •  - Observing and practicing assertiveness
  •  - Learning about one's impact on others
  •  - Venting emotions and being heard

~ Adapted from The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy By Irvin D. Yalom

Mindful Self-Compassion Based Process Group for Psychotherapists

As in our personal lives, the power in our work as psychotherapists lies in moment-to-moment mindful awareness. Process groups provide a powerful way to cultivate such openhearted presence.

Process groups are experiential vehicles of self-discovery, self-awareness, and support. This mindfulness-based process group for psychotherapists assists members with their evolving perceptions of themselves, others, and the nature of psychotherapy. Over time, safety increases so that members are able to speak as openly as possible about their interactions and experiences of each other as well as the group experience as a whole. By engaging with one another, members gain wider perspectives about the various ways they relate to their inner world and how that is reflected in their relationships and in their work.

Unfolding and unpacking patterns of relationships among and between participants allows members to gain insight into their own inner dynamics and how these manifest in the outer world and with clients. Through receiving and providing feedback, members learn how they impact and are perceived by others.

Each meeting opens with a brief, guided mindful self-compassion meditation activity. The bulk of the time is open-ended, allowing members to explore whatever personal or work-related matters are alive for them in the moment and interact with other members. Each group concludes with a five- to ten-minute “de-brief” in which participants and facilitator reflect on how the facilitator affected the group.


  • - Increase self-awareness, self-acceptance, and loving-kindness
  • - Improve relationships of all kinds, including those with clients
  • - Enhance ability to provide and receive personal feedback
  • - Gain insight into transference and counter-transference
  • - Observe group facilitation skills (one of the best ways to learn them) 

Some form of daily mindfulness or spiritual practice is encouraged by not required. All genders welcome. 

Group meets monthly on Fridays, 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

$60.00 per session. Payment for six sessions required in advance/$360.00.

Pre-screening interview required. Contact Tom to schedule or for further information. 

Winter 2020 meeting dates:

January 17
February 21
March 20 (tentative)
April 17
May 22
June 19
Option to continue in July possible.

1409 Willow Street
Minneapolis MN 55403

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Group Therapy for Men and Women

Sorry, this group is not meeting currently.


This group was designed to provide accessible, high-quality therapy at a reasonable cost. Participants pay a reduced fee out-of-pocket. Except Medical Assistance, no insurance is accepted. That way, clients may take the time they want and need without restrictive session limits.

Tom's Approach

What is Tom's Approach?

In groups, Tom's main approach is interpersonal. Participants are encouraged to:

* Experiment with new behaviors
* Freely express how they react to one another
* Practice skills they would like to gain or expand
* Seek and use feedback from one another
* Share and celebrate successes

What Are the Advantages of Group Versus Individual Therapy?

A group serves as a microcosm of one's life, both inside and out. Patterns of thought and behavior are revealed. You are provided a place to see how such patterns impact you and others--in the moment, as they unfold--and can experiment with making adjustments.

Because people trust the feedback they hear from their peers--typically even more than that from professionals--they tend to make progress more quickly and deeply.

What Is Expected of Group Members?

 - Maintain other members' confidentiality
 - Develop specific group goals
 - Attend sessions regularly and on time
 - Arrive free of the influence of alcohol or other non-prescription drugs
 - Attend at least eight sessions
 - Honestly report reactions to and feelings about other members

Intake Process

Before joining, Tom asks interested people to attend a 90-minute individual intake interview to ensure that the group is right for them, and vice versa. Here, relevant history, goals, and expectations are reviewed. The fee for this 90-minute session is $150.00, and may be covered by insurance.

Issues Conducive to Group Therapy

In addition to working on interpersonal skills and intimacy, this group can help people who are struggling with:

 - Anxiety
 - Depression
 - Family
 - Work issues
 - Self-esteem
 - Assertiveness
 - Relationships
 - And more.

The group can serve as your sole form of treatment, or may be used in conjunction with ongoing or occasional individual or couples therapy.

Group Therapy Fees

 - $45.00 per session
 - Pay out-of-pocket only
 - No insurance use or insurance reimbursement (except Medical Assistance)
 - Advance payment of $180.00 required for segments of four sessions
 - Cash and checks preferred; major credit cards also accepted

Sorry, currently there are no openings for new clients in Tom's Tuesday night Therapy Group for Women and Men.