What is Group Therapy?
Group therapy can be incredibly effective in supporting growth and change. It is often a more powerful tool for change than individual therapy alone. While initially, it can make people anxious to think about talking about personal issues in front of strangers, once a group is up and running group members typically find tremendous support in the group and group process. Groups offer you the opportunity to receive understanding, support, and encouragement from others facing similar issues and gain different perspectives, ideas, and viewpoints on those issues. Most personal problems are interpersonal in nature. Very often they stem from our relationships or from our personal patterns of relating. Group therapy offers the rare opportunity to explore and understand how you relate to others and get specific feedback on how others react to you.
What are the benefits of group therapy?
- Affords the opportunity to be real with others in an environment of safety and respect.
- Counteracts feelings of isolation and a sense of being alone with ones feelings.
- Members are able to try out new behaviors.
- Provides members with diverse views, responses, and feedback.
- Members often see their usual patterns of relating to people, allowing for an opportunity to challenge these patterns.
- Allows members the chance to explore and better understand themselves.
- A space to practice new social techniques, ways of relating, and learn how to better cope with difficulties.