Uncover insights about your relational self
Do you oftentimes feel like you may be the only one experiencing anger, sadness, anxiety, or addiction? Many find it rewarding to have the support of a group of individuals who are struggling with similar problems.
We can help you find the support you need.
Why should I give group therapy a try?
Depending on the core nature of the problem that you are dealing with, group therapy may be an ideal option to help you address your concerns. While, sitting down with a group of strangers and discussing your problems may sound intimidating, but as individuals acclimate themselves within the group setting, many find that group therapy offers many benefits that are not found in individual therapy.
Some aim to help individuals with a variety of issues including:
- Panic Disorder
- Chronic Pain
- Social Anxiety
- Substance Abuse
- Improving Social Skills
What should I expect in group therapy?
Most group therapy sessions are led by one or two psychologists who will lead a group of approximately five to fifteen people and will typically meet for one hour once or twice a week. Groups can act as a network of support and a sounding board. Many times other group members will help generate ideas for to help address a difficult situation or challenge in life, and will hold you accountable along the way.
Regularly conversing and listening to others helps to gain a new perspective on your own problems. There are many who experience mental health difficulties, but only a fraction of them will speak openly about them to strangers or those they don’t know very well. Many times, you may feel that you are the only one struggling – but know that you are not alone. It can feel as though a burden has been lifted from you when hearing other discuss what they have gone or are going through and realize that you are not alone.
Diversity can be another important benefit of group therapy. One will find that people have unique personalities, backgrounds, which give them their own perspective of different situations. By seeing how others approach various problems and make positive changes, you in turn can discover a vast range of strategies for conquering your now challenges.
Does group therapy actually work?
While group members offer a vital source of support, having a formal group therapy session to attend has other benefits beyond the informal self-help and other support groups. The psychologists who lead group therapy sessions have specialized training, and teach group members strategies that address and manage specific problems. If you are involved in an anger-management group, for example, your psychologist will describe researched based strategies for controlling your anger. This level of expert guidance can help to make the most of your group therapy experience.