Circles is now an established online therapy provider which has attracted a loyal network of users. However, it is not HIPPA compliant. Whilst all facilitators are “state licensed mental health professionals”, few (if any) are psychologists or even counselors. If you are seeking therapy for a debilitating mental health issue or are in crisis, then Circles may not be right for you.
However in terms of facilitating group therapy, they do this extremely well and have proven very good at what they do.
|Year Founded||2018 (as Seven Chairs)|
|U.S Based Company||Yes|
|Number of Licensed Therapists||Unknown|
|Therapy Modes||Zoom/Video Conferencing|
|Available Treatments||Group Therapy Sessions|
|Average Price||$30 per week|
|Sign Up Time||Few Minutes|
|Response Time||Can take a few days to get matched to a group|
|Customer Reviews||78% Positive|
|Our Editorial Rating||4 Stars|
The signup process for Circles is pretty fast. You firstly have to complete a short questionnaire that explores mental health goals, age, your living circumstances, and what you want to accomplish from group therapy. Once you have done this, Circles Up uses the information to help find suitable circles to join.
Before you decide to join a group you can check out the facilitators bio and profile although you can’t actually speak with them before you attend a session.
Circles are held once per week by video conference and are 60 minutes long. Whilst the facilitators direct and lead the session, the emphasis is always on encouraging the participants to open up, to share and to support each other.
Remember that the first session is free and if you don’t find it helpful then you are free to walk away. If you do decide to sign on then you can always cancel at a few days notice.
Circles only has one pricing plan – a subscription plan that costs $30 a week. In return, you get:
1) 1 Group session per week.
2) Chat with your Circle members or facilitator on the Circles app 24/7.
3)Access to Circles Up content, including self-help exercises, blogs, and webinars.
As you probably know by now, Circlesup only offers group therapy and does not offer any kind of treatment such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Psychoanalysis.
There are a wide variety of different circles including one’s for dealing with the death of a spouse, sibling, parent, friend or child as well as groups helping users to deal with narcissistic personalities in their lives. Other groups include circles for coping with divorce or separation and complicated grief.
All facilitators are state licensed mental health professionals. However, note that this term includes life coaches and clinical licensed social workers. From what I can see none of the facilitators are MD’s and none of evn fully qualified counsellors. Still, for this kind of therapy the facilitators are perfectly adequately qualified.