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Emerging Adulthood Psychotherapy Group - Identity and relationship development in a supportive group setting - Begins Wednesday, January 8, 2014

I am pleased to announce the formation of a new adult psychotherapy group focusing on issues of emerging adulthood, including the themes of communication, commitment, identity, intimacy, and trust. The group will incorporate elements of attachment theory, interpersonal process, and mindfulness.  Particular attention will be given to here-and-now process interactions between group members, in an effort to develop higher relational awareness amongst the group members.

Clients ages 25-40 years old, with moderate to high levels of functioning are most appropriate for this group.  In particular, this refers to a curiosity and capacity for insight and reflective functioning in a group setting.  Exceptions may be made for potential group members slightly younger or older, depending on maturity level and developmental issues.

I meet with all prospective group members for an initial screening session, which also includes attachment and group assessment.  If you would like more information about this group, please contact me at (215) 222-4825 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The group will begin on­ Wednesday, January 8, 2014, and will be held weekly on Wednesdays from 7:30 - 9:00 PM at my office on 132 South 17th Street (between Walnut & Sansom Streets).  The size of the group will be capped at 10 members; membership will remain open as long as there is available space in the group.  Please note that the location provides convenient access for both city and suburban residents.  The office is a brief 5 minute walk from the SEPTA Suburban Station at 17th & JFK streets.  The cost of the group will be $70/session, with a sliding scale available in instances of financial need.

When: Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9 PM (90 minutes)

Where: 132 S. 17th Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Cost: $70/session; sliding scale with a base of $50/session. Sliding scale is determined based on financial need. Additionally, a $5/session discount will be applied for group members who pre-pay for the month’s sessions on the first session of each month.

Group Format:

7:30 – 7:40 PM– Agenda-setting; review group members’ material for session. Material could include personal/relational experiences from the week, or reactions from previous group sessions.

7:40 – 8:30 PM– Unstructured, interpersonal process format. Group members respond to each other’s content and process (verbal and non-verbal interactions), with an emphasis on interpersonal feedback, increased reflective functioning, and corrective emotional experiences.

8:30 – 8:45 PM- Mindfulness exercise. Exercises will focus on mindful awareness of breathing, physiological experiencing, thoughts, and feelings. Emphasis will be on non-judgmental observation of moment-to-moment experience. This will serve as an opportunity to help group members identify, label, clarify, and regulate affect that may have been stimulated during the group.

8:45 – 9 PM – Review and discussion of group process during session and/or experiences from mindfulness exercise; wrap-up.


About the Group Leader:

Eric Spiegel, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Philadelphia and Bryn Mawr, PA. He is the co-author of the 2013 book ‘Attachment in Group Psychotherapy’, published by the American Psychological Association. He has led, taught and written about group therapy for over 10 years, including the past 5 years as a guest seminar leader and supervisor on group therapy for the pre-doctoral interns at the Temple University Tuttleman Counseling Services. In addition to his experience in group psychotherapy, Dr. Spiegel specializes in clinical hypnosis. He is an Approved Consultant in clinical hypnosis from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), which is the highest level of certification that ASCH offers. In 2012, Dr. Spiegel was honored with the Early Career Achievement Award by ASCH. Most recently, Dr. Spiegel co-wrote a chapter on hypnosis and anxiety for the book ‘Therapeutic Hypnosis with Children and Adolescents (Volume 2)’, which was published in the Fall of 2013.


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