Groups are very powerful modes of therapy.  They provide education and insight in a supportive and safe setting.  The goal of groups is for people to learn more about developing and maintaining healthy and functional relationships with self and others.  It helps to have more than one (or two, counting a therapist) brain working on solving the complex issues of life.


We offer a variety of both long-term and short-term groups for men, women, couples, and teens. Our groups are generally only available to clients under individual treatment who are recommended for group membership as part of their long-term treatment plan.

Our groups are generally only available to clients under individual treatment who are recommended by their therapist for group membership as part of their long-term treatment plan.  As such, and for the benefit of all existing group members, we are very deliberate in how we choose new members. Among the criteria considered is how the therapist views a potential client for general compatibility with an existing member; their commitment to the minimum number of sessions; and their overall work ethic or desire to do the work necessary the experience personal growth.

Currently, we facilitate three behavioral health therapy support groups:

  • Women’s Group #1 is for women over 40 years old who are coming to therapy with depression, anger, self-esteem issues, relationship issues, career and work issues, and recovery from addictions or childhood trauma.

  • Women’s “Twenty-Something” Group #2 is for women between 20-40 Gina is in the process of evaluating prospective new members of this group. starting in November 2018.

  • Men’s Group is for men of all ages.  The current group has men ages 27-50’s.  This has been a very powerful place for men to open up and talk about their real feelings and issues and get understanding, caring, and support from others.


All groups meet from 5-7 pm weekly and are limited to 8 people.   Anyone interested would need an intake with Gina to see if a group would be a good fit. 

Some groups will be time limited (running for 5-8 weeks on a particular topic) and others will be on-going.  If you are interested in joining a group please contact us letting us know what kind of group topics and issues you’d be interested in as well as time constraints for attending.  We will be forming groups according to the needs of incoming clients and this information will help us determine future groups.

New or additional groups may become available as needs evolve and new associate clinicians join Edina Counseling Center.  We hope to have some daytime groups for people who have had long-term depression and anxiety who may have completed an intensive program and feel the need for on-going support.  We also hope to start up a group for adoptees to get insight and support on issues that they have experienced throughout their lives.  Another group may start for men and women to work on building social skills and trust in relationships.

Many groups are based on Pia Mellody’s Post Induction Model which uses her book “Facing Co-dependency”.  


 Group members sign a contract for a beginning commitment of 10 weeks and generally stay longer to continue to learn and grow in a caring and non-shaming environment.


In order to join a group, clients will need to meet individually with Gina to discuss a plan for engaging in the model.

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