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At TruHealing Baltimore, we strongly believe that group therapy is the foundation of recovery. In group therapy, guided by our experienced and educated clinical staff, clients will build an immediate community of people from the Baltimore, Maryland area with the same goal–recovery. At every step of addiction treatment, individuals will be able to rely on those around them as resources to create a strategy for success, learning, and developing coping skills and strategies that will guide long-term recovery.

What to Expect from Group Therapy

Diverse young people in a group meetingFew things are more useful or supportive than one addiction sufferer helping another. If anyone can understand what addiction does to another person’s wellbeing, it is someone else with that affliction. In the addiction treatment community, group therapy is the cornerstone of any effective program. An effective group therapy program will make use of some inspiring and informative group therapy activities.

Due to some world-class addiction treatment professionals’ efforts, the treatment community has developed some highly effective group therapy programs. Some common group therapy activities may include:

  • Ice-breaking games: Word and communication games to open people up to the group
  • Trigger identification: Clients describe their triggers, promoting realization in others
  • Listing activities to distract from substance abuse
  • Perception games: Help clients understand perception weaknesses
  • Discussion about role models (good and bad)
  • Planning: Detailing plans after rehab
  • Discussions about places people feel safe

Of course, any number of discussion topics can serve as viable group therapy activities. The idea is to help patients feel safe and supported in the recovery process. In these group sessions, a counselor or therapist will guide the discussion and mediate, but the group dictates the pace and what’s said. In this way, individuals can learn from their peers and contribute to helping others. Doing so fosters accountability and responsibility, two qualities that are vital for a successful recovery.

How Group Counseling Helps in Recovery

Group therapy usually involves no more than 20 individuals. Most groups range between five-to-ten participants, excluding the counselor or therapist who moderates and guides the discussion or activities. In this form of therapy, clients can express themselves in a safe, secure environment, but they can also give and get supportive criticism and advice. Such interactions lay the foundation for support and community involvement once treatment is completed.

In a group counseling session, clients explore a wide range of issues while learning new and better coping skills. Some areas covered include:

  • Self-Care: Ways to maintain a healthy mental state and physical wellbeing when stressed.
  • Triggers: Recognizing and confronting triggers is a major issue in recovery, and learning ways to approach this sets clients up for a successful recovery.
  • Emotional literacy: Understanding why an emotion is being experienced and managing it is key in exerting self-control and understanding why others act and react the way they do. Emotional literacy is something best explored in a safe, nonjudgmental setting like group therapy.
  • Coping mechanisms: Many individuals struggling with mental health issues or substance use disorders have coping mechanisms, but they are often unhealthy. In group counseling, individuals discover how their coping skills are damaging, improved, and how to use new, healthy ones.

Discover the Support TruHealing Baltimore Offers

TruHealing Baltimore offers comprehensive therapies for mental health treatment and recovery from substance use disorder. Group therapy is one of the most effective therapies we offer, but there are others available such as:

These therapies are available no matter what level of care a client enters. Reach out to us today at 833.782.2241 to learn more about our programs and how we can help you or a loved one improve coping skills and live a life in sobriety.

Why TruHealing Baltimore?

TruHealing Baltimore is your partner for recovery. We are ready to give you or your loved one everything they need for recovery that stands the test of time. The only requirement is a little hope and enough willingness to try. The sober, happy and peaceful life you’re imagining is much closer than you imagine. Give us a call (833) 782-2241 and we can start moving in the right direction. 

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Kathy Michelle Hill

Clinical Director

I am a National Certified Counselor with expertise in addiction and criminal justice. I am a member of PSI CHI Honor Society and the Psychology Honor Society.  I have also been recognized by a “Who’s Who Among Students” award.  
My goal for this position is to formulate strategies that will improve the clinical team’s performance, for both clinical and client success. It is rewarding to me to support clients through role modeling, positive motivation, and determination. 

My goal for this position is to formulate strategies that will improve the clinical team’s performance, for both clinical and client success. It is rewarding to me to support clients through role modeling, positive motivation, and determination. 

I am a helper by nature. My most pleasurable moments in life are helping others who have experienced adversity and who are seeking guidance to improve their lives.  

Kathy Michelle Hill, LCPC, NCC, CSC-AD, is the Clinical Director at TruHealing Baltimore. Hill received a BS in psychology from Tuskegee University in 1993, a MS degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore in 2006, and a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2020. Hill is currently a PhD student in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is expected to graduate in 2026.  

Stacy Decker
Director of Operations

I joined the team at TruHealing Hagerstown in 2020. Before starting my current position, I worked as an administrator in outpatient surgical care, and then joined an ambulatory surgery center development company as Regional Director.  I enjoy using my medical background and business knowledge—in conjunction with my personal experiences in recovery—to encourage and support clients seeking treatment.

Abstinence and recovery are an integral part of my life. Being able to help other people who are suffering with a substance use disorder has been a blessing. TruHealing Hagerstown is the only inpatient facility in our community to help people suffering with substance use disorders. It’s incredibly rewarding to give back to my community.

Staci Decker is the Director of Operations at TruHealing Baltimore. 


As we continue to grow Amatus Health, the need to stay competitive and differentiate ourselves in unique ways is crucial. Building creative approaches to reach more people will take our company to new heights. This is why I am pleased to announce that we are officially rebranding. Our new national name, TruHealing Addiction & Mental Health Treatment, will eventually replace Amatus Recovery Centers.

You may be asking, “Why are we doing this?” This new name will give us national uniformity and help brand ourselves as a whole, which will be done in phases. You will still see our existing facility names co-branded with TruHealing for the time being.

Healing is what we do. Everyone who comes through our doors is in a moment of profound struggle in their lives. We support them through a life-changing process of healing and recovery, and they leave our facilities changed. This new name is a representation of that process. As mentioned above, it also allows us to have a national brand, which will make us a recognizable name in the addiction and mental health field.

In summation, these changes present an excellent opportunity for our organization to develop our mission, vision, and purpose. I look forward to prosperous growth as we head in a new and positive direction.


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Mark Gold
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