Medical Patients Support & Education Group
A Place to Transform Pain and Suffering
Sharing Experiences is Healing
The shock of becoming medically ill or having chronic pain is a catastrophic event for many people. The role of patient is not one which anyone would like for themselves. Frequent appointments with the health care system, financial hardship, insurance hassles, copious medications, an uncertain sense of well-being, and unexpected complications become the norm. As well, the loss of one’s prior identity and functioning with work, school, family and community can occur. It is common for these patients to suffer emotional consequences as well, including depression, anxiety, stress, anger, and guilt.
Each of us can benefit from the support and input of others to learn to find hope.
We are currently conducting intake assessments for the upcoming cycle of MPSEG (Medical Patients’ Support & Education Group). Each group is a weekly, 80-minute psychotherapy group focused on the shared experiences of people with medical illnesses and chronic pain. The format will be part educational and part group process. The group will focus on issues such as:
- Revelation of each participant’s medical condition and history
- Description of how the medical condition has influenced members’ lives in all aspects (relationships, family, sexual functioning, self-esteem, vocational and academic functioning, future planning)
- Discussions of negative emotions and frustrations with the health care system
- Development of a supportive community of others
- Education about illness, pain, suffering, acceptance, renewal and future visioning
This type of group is intended to reduce isolation and increase relatedness. Meeting in a small group of people struggling with similar issues provides an opportunity to not only share your experience, but to hear others’ as well. It is also a way to receive gentle feedback from peers in ways that individual therapy does not offer. Learning that many others have similar struggles and hearing about their experiences can improve one’s outlook. This group will help you find out more about yourself and what you can do to improve your life and functioning. There may be homework assignments during some weeks to stimulate participants thinking while in their daily lives.
- Allows for discussion of the struggles of living with chronic illness and pain
- Provides education and development of resources
- More affordable than individual therapy
- Help you understand yourself better
- Increases the feeling of not being alone with suffering
Commitment & Cost
Participants must commit to attending group for 10 weeks. A participant is required to have a letter from their primary physician clearing them for the group participation and may need to also attend individual psychotherapy based upon the intake interview. The cost of the group is $25 per session, or $250 for ten weeks; however fees will be assessed individually for each group member. Participants must commit to and pay for the entire 10 week group experience whether or not they are able to attend all 10 sessions. Payment plans can be arranged upon request.
Our Team & Vision
Crystle Prung, Ph.D., Postgraduate Fellow
Crystle received her doctorate from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has previously trained at Reasons Eating Disorder Center and Orange County Behavioral Health. She is passionate about helping others foster a sense of self-awareness and reaching their highest potential. She desires to create a space that encourages exploration and self-acceptance.
Marilyn Jacobs, Ph.D.
Supervising Psychologist PSY11463
Joshua Goldstein, M.A., Psychology Intern
Joshua is a doctoral candidate at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. He has previously trained at Maple Counseling Center and The Chicago School Counseling Center, working with adults and college aged individuals. He believes that the therapeutic relationship between therapist and patient plays an important role in the treatment and works primarily from an object-relations perspective.