"People who are successful in groups are successful in life."
-Louis Ormont, Ph.D
What Are Breakthrough Groups?
The Breakthrough Groups I facilitate are modern psychotherapy groups that lean into the transcending power of the collective and the present moment while harnessing the convenience of the web to make powerful learning and growth accessible and affordable to those who can benefit from it — wherever they are.
Groups are made up of participants who have been or are presently in psychotherapy and are now looking to expand themselves and their learning in a group context. Participants are often looking for pathways to deepen their relationships, create a greater sense of ease and meaning in their lives, and learn how to bring their wants and desires into the world with sustainable ownership and self trust.
If you’re feeling stuck or weighed down by “the same old” or stagnant energy in your love life, your job, your family, or your day to day, the group can offer support and honest reflection that can help you notice what else is possible for you from moment to moment. You’ll learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible, while also sharpening your abilities to deeply meet others.
The unique, nurturing environment of breakthrough groups can’t be replicated, and participants often say it’s one of the most powerful things they’ve ever experienced.
Why Does Group Therapy Work?
If you’ve never participated in group therapy before, the thought of doing so can be a little intimidating. Clients often report thinking, “What could I possibly gain from sharing my feelings with strangers?” “What if they don’t like me?” “What if they judge me, or make me feel uncomfortable?”
I’m not sure I know anyone who hasn’t had thoughts like that before joining a group. Any group! In fact most of these thoughts and the emotional charges that accompany them are the fodder for transformation in a breakthrough. You’ll often find the most opportunity for growth in uncomfortable moments! Breakthrough groups work precisely because the natural “edges” we experience in our day to day lives arise as they would anywhere else in your life, however, in group you have an opportunity to experience organic growth and transformation that comes from presence, feeling deeply seen, and validated in authentic connection with others. The challenges will certainly be there, but the rewards are more than worth it.
In fact, many participants leave groups feeling like their world and their personality have expanded. You may start group therapy telling a certain story about yourself and your experiences, but finish with a completely new one — one that shows a deeper understanding of yourself, your community, and the meaningful connections that are possible.
How Do I Sign Up For a Group?
To begin the sign up process, you have two options:
Schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation with me to ask any questions you have about the group therapy process and how it can work for you. After this consultation, a follow-up assessment session will help determine your readiness for group participation.
If you choose, you can skip the short consultation and move straight to the assessment session.
In either case, your follow-up session will help determine whether the group therapy experience will be beneficial for you. You’ll prepare for this session by filling out an assessment form, which we’ll use to guide the discussion. At the end of this session, you’ll understand whether group therapy is a good fit, or if individual therapy may be a better path. (50 minutes, $175)
If we determine that group therapy is your best next step, you’ll have an opportunity to sign up after the follow-up assessment session is complete.
When does group begin and who will be in my group?
Our group meetings take place fully online, making it easy to participate regardless of your location, work schedule, or travel plans. Don’t worry about making a long commute — your group goes where you go!
Depending on the length of the program you have chosen for yourself, group participation will include either 41 or 26 weekly 90 minute online meetings.
Group size is limited to eight participants, and will include people of varying ages and backgrounds. Though it may seem awkward at first, any and all diversity in your group creates a more well-rounded expansion of self; meaningful connection is available at the core of our human experience, no matter our age or stage in life. Sharing experiences with a diverse yet intimate group is one of the key benefits of breakthrough groups.
What Will I Gain From Participating in the group?
My hope is that every participant leaves the group having experienced feeling validated and confident in their own lived experience.
Group members are often able to better recognize patterns in their own behaviors (and the behaviors of others). Having the chance to talk openly about your feelings and actions while helping others do the same, gives you the tools to meet challenges outside of group head-on.
No matter the nature of their struggle, group members report being better able to deal with personal and professional difficulties — especially those that involve relationships. If you’re looking for a powerful experience that will change the way you look at yourself and your peers, modern group therapy may be the answer.
What Previous Group Participants Say:
Lilian’s Personal Experience with Groups
I have been participating and leading therapeutic groups for over a decade, and I’m thrilled to share my deep, heartfelt love for them with you! I fell in love with the modern group therapy model during my first experience with one as part of my graduate program nearly 15 years ago. In a single moment, I went from feeling alone in the world with my pain, to being part of a community. And not just any community — a group of people who genuinely valued my vulnerability as a strength and saw it as a catalyst for growth.
My time in groups left me feeling lighter, more connected, and less alone in the world. Now, I strive to bring the same experience to others by facilitating online groups that make these meaningful connections even more accessible.
Learn more about my background here.