Focus: Relationships, Recovery, Spirituality

Led by Dr. Art Rosengarten. Tuesday nights, 7-9 pm. Cost $55.

Contact Dr. Art asap if interested at (858)-481-660 or (760)-518-2001

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ABOUT: Group therapy offers open sharing, peer feedback, new ideas, differing points of view, emotional intelligence, a sense of continuation and real community. Group is a simulation of family complexity, offering a channel for intimacy and interpersonal communication at a level of  openness that many people NEVER really enjoyed in their families of origin. As such, it offers what has been called “a corrective emotional experience.”  Group therapy provides a new circle of trust, support, and friendship that may be lacking in one’s current situation.


BASIC AIMS: I have been running groups professionally for many years, all kinds of groups. My key aims in group therapy are:

– Working in the here-and-now

– Moving our focus from outside to inside, abstract to specific, generic to personal

– Recognizing/commenting on the process dimension of what’s occurring

– Preferring neither speech nor silence.

– Being intimate yet detached-discovering a desireless way of being


What people have said about my groups:

–Dr. Rosengarten is an exceptionally talented, caring, and skillful therapist. I have learned a great deal in this course.  The role play opportunities were great and the didactic material was wonderful. Art took this class above and beyond my expectations, as I have already completed a Master’s level group therapy class. The balance between experiential, didactic process was outstanding and extremely engaging. This class will positively affect me professionally through my career. Thank-you. S. L., Doctoral Candidate at SDUIS, Interactive Group Therapy and Theory (class evaluation).

-I have known Art for many years. He is one of three therapists over a period of 35 years that has helped me grow significantly as a human being. I invested more than five years in group therapy with Art and the other members of the group and the experience has reverberated positively in my life to this very day. I originally came to group for support in my spiritual journey and skills to find a fulfilling primary relationship. I truly believe that I achieved both goals and much more. I strongly recommend Art to anyone who wants to become a more complete person and explore their humanness through meaningful interaction and a process of spiritual growth. Art is amazingly skilled in individual and group therapy. Joseph Latino

-Dr. Rosengarten has a gentle way of confronting and questioning as well as a very spiritual view of life. He is sensitive, understanding, world wise, and humorous. I highly recommend him and know that you will enjoy him. Time will fly by. Garry Diamond

-I can’t say enough about how much seeing Art in a group setting has done for me, within just a few sessions I started seeing great change in my well being and outlook on daily life. Art is incredibly knowledgeable and articulate helping the members in many different ways to work towards true healing, growth and relief.  I am grateful everyday that I took the steps to try group therapy and am so pleased that I am working with such a wonderful, experienced Counselor. Working with Art is not only a helpful experience but is also a pleasure. Suzanne Laird

— Dr. Art Rosengarten is an excellent group leader. I was in a long term group experience with Dr. Rosengarten for many years. He has the rare ability to be both in control of the group and at the same time allow maximum freedom of expression. He comes to every group meeting well prepared; and he gives great power point presentations. I highly recommend Dr. Rosengarten’s skills as a group leader. Kathy Berkowitz

WHAT DO WE TALK ABOUT? Everything  and nothing in particular. The general areas of this group are RELATIONSHIPS, RECOVERY, AND SPIRITUALITY.  There are no set topics in my groups but sharing “orbits” around certain general themes and experiences– relationship hotspots, work, emotional health, addiction issues, dating patterns and vulnerabilities, sex, divorce, parenting, loneliness, spirituality, and change.  Group therapy provides a level of connection through shared vulnerability, diversity, truthfulness, and sincerity that may not be easily achieved in other contexts.  At the heart of a good group is the experience of “genuine belonging.” At Moonlight, groups are typically very interactive, supportive, spiritual, and conversational in tone.

Some clients prefer group over individual or couples therapy for its obvious social and interpersonal benefits (and challenges). Group is also more affordable than individual therapy, though one obviously does not get as much direct attention at any given session.  But something very positive develops from participating in the lives of fellow group members over time. Often it becomes the preferred support system in an individual’s busy and complex life due to its depth, confidentiality, and highly interactive context. Disclosing something really powerful in group therapy can be akin to expressing a core personal truth to one’s family of origin, or even the world at large.

IS IT SCARY?  No, actually it’s more playful and relaxed, though there may be moments that are pretty intense.  Members are predisposed to be generous and welcoming to new members. I don’t see much value in intense confrontation or forced sharing as favored in some groups; one is free to express as much (or little) as they choose.  Regular attendance is assumed (not enforced) and weekly meetings have occurred consistently without exception. Members are never “pushed” to discuss or disclose if they’re NOT ready to do so at anytime (which, paradoxically, gives tremendous permission to disclose if one chooses to!). There is definitely a sense of liberation when one shares their true experience in this intimate community.

MEMBERSHIP Many participants in my groups have worked with me previously in individual therapy or relational counseling, or perhaps have come for a tarot consultation or seminar previously, and are now wanting to stay engaged with my work via group. Wonderful! Others come “fresh off the boat” without previous therapeutic background at Moonlight (or ever) to interact and reflect psychologically outside their familiar circles for greater privacy, objectivity, and perhaps, new perspective.

Call me with questions, concerns, or if you would like to join. Art Rosengarten (760)-518-2001



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