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

Grief & Loss Support Group for Adults

The Grief & Loss Support Group is for those feeling lost, alone, or overwhelmed as they grieve the deaths of important people in their lives. The group may be helpful for people wanting to learn about the grieving process and how to cope with it, while supporting and being supported by individuals who have experienced similar losses.

The group is not for parents who have experienced the death of a child. This group is open to people from all backgrounds. A free interview is required to assess the mutual fit between potential members and the group.

This group will be facilitated by Patrick Turbiville, LMSW.

The cost for this group is $42 per session.

Personal Exploration Group for Adults

The Personal Exploration Group is for those wanting to better understand themselves and their relationships with others. The group may be helpful for people with concerns about romantic, social, and family relationships, as well as issues like anxiety, low self-esteem, and depression.

The group may be appropriate for people wanting to supplement individual therapy or continue their growth after ending individual therapy. Members gain insight about themselves and their relationships by receiving and giving honest, supportive feedback, identifying problematic behaviors, and practicing new behaviors in the safe environment of the group.

This group is open to people from all backgrounds and will be facilitated by Patrick Turbiville, LMSW. A free interview is required to assess the mutual fit between potential members and the group.

The cost for this group is $42 per session.

Premarital Small Group Counseling

Premarital group counseling is a fun way to explore topics in your relationship and meet other couples. The group will explore various topics including communication, finances, and family. It also provides best practices for increasing relationship satisfaction and deepening your connection. Each couple will also receive a 1.5 hour private counseling session to explore any topics unique to them. Groups are 3 to 4 couples and will be tailored to the group’s interest and needs. Couples may choose to pay $35 to take a PREPARE/ENRICH assessment that highlights strength and growth areas of each couple and will be used during group classes. Couples completing the 8 hours should qualify for the Texas Twogether program that provides a discount on a marriage license.

This group is facilitated by Anita Roberston, LMSW.

Girl Power for Tweens

Tween years can be challenging for youth and their parents. This group for girls (ages 10-12) will support them in discovering who they want to become and handling the challenges of tween life. This psychoeducational support group will explore gender roles and the media, self-esteem, healthy relationships and healthy coping skills to take on stress, anxiety and hormones. Group combines evidence based curriculum with therapeutic activities and processing. Parents will receive information each week about each topic with questions and activities to explore with their daughter to deepen what is learned during group. Groups are ideal for this age as it is a safe space to explore topics, realize that others experience similar feelings and experiences, and build healthy friendships.

This group is facilitated by Anita Robertson, LMSW.

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 or to set up a free 30-minute consultation. 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 with a free 30-minute consultation!

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-Intern. 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 dual therapy team of Cindy Noland, LPC-Intern supervised by Louis Laves-Webb LCSW, LPC-S and Emily Bent, LPC-Intern supervised by Louis Laves-Webb LCSW, LPC-S. Emily brings a and modern perspective, knowledge in brain science and behavior skills. The older of the two, Cindy adds life experience to her depth psychotherapy and inner child focus. Together, they form a complementary, dynamic approach while offering additional support.

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

A free 30-minute consultation begins the process.

For more detailed information call Cindy (512) 636-1333 or 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.