What is group therapy?

Group therapy occurs when a group of people meets with a therapist to discuss problems, process interpersonal interactions, and support one another’s emotional growth. Often, participants are encouraged to share moments of strength as well as personal challenges with other group members as a mechanism for exploration and ultimately to experience insight, group cohesiveness, and reparative experiences within the group.

Group Therapy at Louis Laves-Webb, LCSW, LPC-S & Associates

Group therapy at our practice is not only convenient, it’s also affordable!

  • Group therapy is $40 per session
  • We offer group therapy at convenient times, including evenings and weekends

Why should I join group therapy?

Group counseling serves two purposes:

  • It serves as a venue to bring together multiple people who have been through similar experiences
  • It provides a chance to explore the dynamics of interpersonal interaction in an experiential way

Participants in group therapy have the opportunity to explore not only “who they are” but additionally “how they are”. The other members of the group can provide insight and support while reinforcing the idea that no one within the group is alone in his or her struggle.

Group therapy offers guidance alongside a sense of community that may not be present in other types of counseling. Therapy in a group also offers the same level of confidentiality and affirmation that can be found in individual counseling, but the counseling happens among other human beings with experiences that are relatable.

What are the benefits of group therapy?

A place to sound off

Saying your thoughts and problems aloud gives other group members the chance to offer a fresh perspective on your situation. Your peers may be able to see places for healing or improvement that you are unable to see currently. Opening your experience to the viewpoint of others can be a step towards life-affirming feedback.

Ongoing motivation

The trials and successes of fellow humans are an incredible source of validation and motivation. Others can serve as a reminder that success is possible. Those participating in group therapy may be more inclined to push themselves beyond stagnation when they bond with others doing the same.

Support from multiple people

Group therapy provides the rare opportunity to reach out to others in need and let others reach out to you. A truly cohesive group lead by a talented therapist can support you in ways that few other therapeutic modalities are able.

Helping others

Groups of people can help you learn things about yourself you may not have known before. However, In the open and honest atmosphere of group therapy, you are in a unique position to also support others, help them see their own blind spots and share your unique experiences with those who may appreciate the normalization and support surrounding their own struggles.

Social skill building

Group therapy sessions are the perfect place to engage with others. People who understand your conflicts can often be more open to socialization and better understand your boundaries, creating more interpersonal safety then in most other social situations.


Group therapy can cost less than the average individual counseling therapy. If money is a barrier to addressing your mental health needs, consider the advantages of receiving therapy among others.

Our Group Therapy Options

ACT Group for Adults

The aim of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) is to help you hold the pain that comes with being a human in a way that it doesn’t stop you from living the life you want, a skill called psychological flexibility. Learning to use this powerful tool within a group of like-minded peers can add the richness of connection to this transformative experience.

ACT can be used to treat common symptoms such as anxiety, depression fear or grief. It can also be a great way to navigate more general existential questions such as, “What the heck am I doing with my life?!”

When: Saturdays 11:15am-12:45pm
Where: 601 West 18th Street, 78701
Cost: $50 per session

And here is a little bit of extra information:

The group is open meaning participants are able to attend as they please although it is strongly recommended that each member commit to attending the first 6 sessions. The group structure is part educational (learning ACT/Mindfulness based skills) and part process (openly discussing how these skills could be applied to the member’s lives). Members will conduct a brief phone interview with group facilitator prior to entry into the group. The purpose of the interview is to establish rapport with leader and to assess for group fit/appropriateness.
For more info contact Claire Palmer at 832-639-4410

Interpersonal Relations Psychotherapy Group

Saturdays, 4:30-6:00 pm
601 W. 18th Street

Start your Saturday evenings off with some good conversation. Our group provides a safe environment that allows you to:

  • Experience support and acceptance
  • Practice resolving conflict safely
  • Be part of a community valuing
  • Process past hurts and/or current concerns
  • Personal growth and intimacy
  • Build confident social skills

This group is open and ongoing. All are welcome and any concern is valid material for exploration. Persons may join at any time. Cost per session is $50.
For more info contact Emily Bent, LPC at 919-949-5888.

Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy Group

Announcing a new ongoing mindfulness-based psychotherapy group in Central Austin on Thursday evenings.

This is a truly unique life experience, and an opportunity for individuals to practice new skills of being in relationship to themselves and others. In this process group members will unlock access to implicit information and relationship patterns, and learn to become their truest and most effective selves.

This group is ideal for folks who:

  • May feel like they’re at a sticking point in individual therapy
  • Want to explore their most authentic selves
  • Feel frustrated, dissatisfied, or overwhelmed by the social interactions in their lives
  • Struggle with emotion regulation, depression, anxiety, relationships, and/or self-confidence
  • Are looking for an affordable option for ongoing therapy

The group will be facilitated by Kalee Gower, LMSW (supervised by Louis Laves-Webb, LCSW, LPC-S). Kalee has extensive training and practice in mindfulness and group psychotherapy.

Contact Kalee by phone or email for questions. Group sessions are $40/weekly. A limited number of sliding scale seats are available.

Growing Beyond ED

The “Growing Beyond ED Group” is for adult men and women who struggle with an eating disorder and want to reconnect with themselves and others while they move through the recovery process. The group aim is help support, as well as challenge, members ability to maintain awareness of themselves and their peers while exploring their eating disorder and underlying issues. Common topics that may be addressed throughout group include; interpersonal styles, self-acceptance, relationship difficulties, self-destructive behavior, and coping strategies.

An official diagnosis is not required to participate, and we welcome anyone who is working through an eating disorder, disordered eating, compulsive overeating, food addiction, or any other food and body image-related issues.

If you feel this group is right for you, give me a call and we’ll get the ball rolling!

Group will meet once a week on Saturday mornings at 10:00am at the central office location (601 West 18th Street Austin, TX 78701). This group is currently forming and individuals may join at any time.

This group will be facilitated by Emily Bent, LPC. Contact Emily B. at (919) 949-5888 / ekatbent@gmail.com

Recovery After a Break-Up

  • Have you recently been through a break up?
  • Have multiple breakups left you searching for answers?
  • Are you left picking up the pieces after a divorce/breakup?
  • Are you looking to re-establish a connection with yourself and others?

If so, this group may be right for you!

Group therapy is an affordable therapy experience that provides individuals with greater insight of themselves, others, and the flow between the two. The advantage of the Empowered Relationships group is based in the therapy team of Emily Bent, LPC supervised by Louis Laves-Webb LCSW, LPC-S. Emily brings a and modern perspective, knowledge in brain science and behavior skills.

We as humans have an innate drive to seek out and connect with others. Since the dawn of time relationships determined our survival. Relationships play a huge role in our daily lives and when break ups occur our lives can become disrupted. After a breakup, many people can be confused with why it didn’t work, struggle with feeling of failure, or left picking up the shattered pieces.

Recovery After a Break-Up group aims to explore finding deeper levels of interaction, negotiating conflict, and taking risks in a supportive environment to find new avenues engagement. Some topics discussed throughout group will include; navigating dating in the age of social media, growing through the grieving process, self-compassion, and identifying your needs and wants for future relationships. Members have the opportunity to learn more about themselves through the honest and genuine feedback of the group members.

Location: 601 West 18th Street Austin, TX 78701
Time: Saturday 1pm-2:30pm
Cost: $50

For more detailed information call Emily B. at (919) 949-5888

Sex Work-Affirmative Group Psychotherapy

This group provides a welcoming and affirmative space for those involved in sex work to explore mental health concerns and to receive support and validation around their career and professional experiences. Given the effects that the passage of FOSTA/SESTA legislation has had on the safety and feasibility of sex-based work, this group offers members an opportunity to provide mutual support and guidance during a trying time.

This group offers its members:

  • A supportive and sex-positive environment to explore professional and personal identities, as well as examine how those identities may intersect
  • Opportunities to build relationships and a sense of mutual support with other individuals engaged in sex-based work
  • The experience of witnessing and learning from the strengths, coping strategies and advice of other individuals in the group
  • A sense of acceptance and community stemming from group members’ professional identities

This group operates on the understanding that sex work is a legitimate form of work and that those engaged in sex-based work have the right to mental wellbeing, life satisfaction and professional recognition. Moreover, this group is an inclusive and affirmative space for people of all gender identities, sexual preferences, and forms of sexual expression.

The group will last for 10 weeks beginning in mid-July and is currently enrolling new members. To schedule a pre-group consultation or to explore whether you or someone you know may be a good fit for this group, Contact Emily Karpinski, LMSW at (512) 537-3618 or at emilykarpinski@gmail.com.

Men’s Psychotherapy Group

This group will focus on the experience of being a man in today’s world, inclusive of all lived experiences. We will explore the changes and challenges of being in relationship, whether steady, stagnant, or in transition. This will be a space to explore sources of difficult feelings ranging from anger to remorse to worry. This, too, is an opportunity to rewrite the inner scripts that keep us stuck in unhelpful patterns. Group psychotherapy offers a powerful experience wherein the group creates a microcosm of the outside world. Each member will have the opportunity to dive deeper into what’s going on beneath the surface; to gain a deeper understanding of what’s happening interpersonally and within the self. This can help facilitate the development of new ways of being within the self and in relationships of all kinds.
The group will be facilitated by Harley Steen, LPC Intern (supervised by Louis Laves-Webb, LCSW, LPC-S; & Dr. Sunny Lansdale, LPC-S). Harley has extensive training and in-depth experience and expertise regarding men’s issues and group psychotherapy.
Contact Harley by phone or email for questions. Group sessions are $45/weekly.
This group is ideal for men who:

  • Want to explore an affordable option for ongoing therapy
  • Feel like they’ve reached an impasse in individual therapy
  • Want to delve into and gain a deeper understanding of their true selves
  • Are frustrated, dissatisfied, or overwhelmed with patterns in their lives
  • Want to build emotional awareness and flexibility in dealing with whatever life brings
  • Experience challenging emotions, such anger, depression, anxiety, worry and/or doubt
  • Experience difficulties in relationships, with self-image/identity, and/or self-confidence

This group can benefit those who are either currently in therapy or those have been in therapy and want to expand on what they have learned and get real feedback and support from others.
Contact Harley for more information about joining this group at (512) 766-6866.

Psychodynamic Adult Process Group

This is an ongoing, adult process group for individuals with different presenting concerns and backgrounds, orienting around the shared goals of deepening relationships with self and others, and using the relationships within the group for therapeutic growth and change. This group acknowledges the influence that relationships have in shaping who we are and how we are, and thus believes the possibility for deep healing and change happens within the relational and group contexts as well.

Here in this group, we explore our feelings, thoughts, impulses and defenses that arise in our relationships with other group members. Carl Jung once said that “everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” It is here in this group we seek understanding and awareness of ourselves and others. Members do this by building what we call an observing ego; a silent observer that registers our emotional state without judgment of right or wrong, sane or insane. That, in turn, allows change to occur and expands our capacity for awareness and acceptance.

This group benefits those who are:

  • Wanting understanding of themselves in relationships with others
  • Wanting healthier relationships in their lives
  • Wanting to have a deeper sense of self
  • Struggling with anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, trauma, and interpersonal skills

Group meets Wednesday evenings from 5:15pm-6:45pm. The group is facilitated by Kalee Gower, LMSW, and Robbie Price, LPC-Intern (supervised by Louis Laves-Webb, LCSW, LPC-S). Kalee has extensive training and practice in mindfulness and group psychotherapy. Robbie is trained and practiced in psychodynamic and interpersonal group psychotherapy.

For more information or to schedule a group consultation, please contact Robbie Price at (512) 537-8002.