DiAnne Proctor, Ed.D, LCMHC, CGP,
opened Southern NH Counseling in 2009 to provide group counseling in conjunction with individual psychotherapy. The counseling program now also includes group work for clinicians and those in the helping fields. At Southern NH Counseling Center, we provide individual and group counseling for adults (18+) who are struggling to manage life stressors at work, home, or in school. We help individuals who are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, or experiencing difficulty with relationships. Our office provides a safe, soothing, and professional environment, where individuals can identify and work through barriers in order to find balance, wellness, and a greater sense of happiness.

Credentialing

DiAnne Proctor completed her Doctorate in Education at Rivier University with a research focus on “The Role of Graduate Courses in Training Graduate Students in Group Counseling.” She earned a Master’s Degree from Northeastern University and majored in clinical mental health counseling, with an emphasis on Health Psychology. DiAnne completed a practicum at McLean Hospital in the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Inpatient Institute (OCDI), followed by an internship at Rivier University Counseling Center. She is licensed as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and has earned her certification in Group Psychotherapy (CGP), which is recognized by the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists, and is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Prior to opening private practice, she worked within a community mental health agency and created a group counseling program that included 22 weekly groups. Currently, her clinical practice provides individual and group counseling, as well as training and supervision to clinicians. DiAnne is an Adjunct Professor at Rivier University teaching graduate and doctoral student about group counseling, advanced group counseling, and experiential group work.

What Individuals Should Know

People want to be able to manage their own stressors and struggles. It is hard to accept help and reach out for support. Our challenge is to help individuals to recognize the benefits of working with a counselor in order to get the help and support they need. We understand the many transitions in life that create stressors and emotional distress. Our counseling approach guides clients through these transitions.

We provide individual and group counseling and work with adults in the following areas: managing mood and emotions, anxiety, depression, life transitions, communication and interpersonal skills, and bereavement.

Infrormation About Group Counseling

Why Group Counseling? According to Yalom (2005), individuals who participate in 12 or more group counseling sessions demonstrated significant clinical improvement compared to those who did not attend group counseling. Additionally, when paired with individual therapy, clients were three times more likely to reduce symptoms.

Referring Clients to Group Counseling? The referring Clinician strongly influences client engagement in group counseling. Clients who perceive the referring clinician as authentic in their belief about group counseling are 65% more likely to participate as compared to 12 % participation when clients sense disbelieve in treatment outcomes by the clinician (Parcover, Dunton, Gehlert, & Mitchel; 2006). Clinicians can help to reduce initial resistance by discussing the benefits of pairing individual and group counseling and by addressing common myths and fears, “they won’t understand me,” “It feels unsafe to share myself with others.”

Why Participate in Group Counseling as a Clinician? By participating in group work with other professionals in the helping fields, you will better understand the process of group work and how it may benefit your professional practice or personal growth.