Group Therapy Recovery


“When someone else knows and cares, then we pay that much more attention to what we’re doing.” – T. H. Edwards 

Coeur d’Alene Counseling’s Gentle Path Recovery Groups (GPR groups) are built on the foundations of the Twelve Principles authored by Dr. Patrick Carnes. These principles, when earnestly practiced, help group members develop essential recovery skills. In addition, GPR groups depend on the neuroscience that supports the Principles. It’s now widely known and accepted that understanding and employing basic recovery neurology literally re-grows our brains to create healthier ways of thinking, perceiving, and behaving. Using recovery neurology framed by the Principles leads to a hard wiring in our brains that sustains desired behavior and thought patterns. At its best, recovery is reclaiming what has been lost by undesired behavior and thought patterns. GPR Groups provide just that for anyone with any type of life problem needing recovery. For more information regarding GPR groups, please contact Ed Dudding at 208-755-7114.

The feeling of being alive is often taken for granted, or it is assumed will never happen. As a therapy that fosters awareness of self and others, group counseling offers experiences that create the subjective experience of being alive. Embracing opportunities to feel alive cultivate an overall healthy mind and relationships. Coeur d’Alene Counseling’s GPR group process helps women and men become aware of how they relate to others and the roles they take on within their relationships. Helping group members learn to observe how they share similar experience with others allows them the opportunity to realize they are not alone and thus reframe their social problematic dynamics within their relationships while feeling the shift toward self-compassion and self-acceptance. This is what Coeur d’Alene Counseling’s group therapy programs are all about.

GPR groups offer help to many types of dependency issues and problems such as: alcohol dependency/addiction, adult children of alcoholics issues, codependence, money and debt, gambling, food/overeaters, shame, sex addicts, and love addicts.

Group therapy/counseling leads to change by equipping the critical process of sexual addicts, for example, refining their stories. This requires the telling and hearing of their stories which confronts addicts with their own reality and provides the learning environment to integrate new solutions to old problems. GPR group therapy establishes the connection of similarities, inconsistencies, and anomalies between the stories of everyone’s story thus promoting the opportunity to deeply bond giving each sexual addict a renewed sense of conscience, life satisfaction, and commitment to their recovery.

At Coeur d’Alene Counseling, GPR group therapy is the interaction between addicts toward the goal of achieving and maintaining addiction recovery. What is possibly the most negative force against adult healthy development is the inability to care for and accept care from others, so developing nurturing relationships is foundational to creating freedom from unhealthy behavior.

GPR group therapy at Coeur d’Alene Counseling is the place where addicts learn the ability and willingness to take care of themselves and to accept care and kindness from others. Moreover, group therapy teaches and models how to accept care as a demonstration that they are worthy of care.


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Currently, Coeur d’Alene Counseling offers three different group programs.  They are: Gentle Path sex addiction group therapy; Gentle Path multi-addiction group therapy; and Gentle Path couples group therapy.  Call for details.  208-755-7114


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