Have you tried group therapy before? Don’t assume that all group therapy is the same. For many people, group therapy can be more powerful than individual therapy. Our groups are aimed at the reason why people have lives that become unmanageable. Our groups are very helpful for the following reasons:
1. Group therapy helps you realize you’re not alone.
While it’s true that each of us is unique and may have unique circumstances, none of us is alone in our struggles.
2. Group therapy facilitates giving and receiving support.
Even if you are shy and introverted, we will meet you where you are at. We will help you receive the support that is comfortable for you and give support to others in ways that build on your strengths.
3. Group therapy helps you find your “voice.”
Many people don’t know how they are feeling when they are interacting with other people, because it can be challenging to be self-connected when connecting with others. This is one of the things we focus on most in our groups. We will help you become aware of your feelings and needs and learn to express them.
4. Group therapy helps you relate to others (and yourself) in healthier ways.
Often people don’t get why their relationships aren’t working. In the safe atmosphere of group therapy, members can get straight feedback from others who care about them. Groups provide the opportunity to see just how people relate to others at the moment, and how they relate to themselves. It helps people to be free of relational ruts, liberates people to get unstuck from patterns of relating that are not serving them, and it helps clients improve both in how they relate to others and themselves.
5. Group therapy provides a safety net.
Group members practice skills in the group, and as they do, their confidence in practicing them outside the group grows. Group members also can carry the groups’ support with them between sessions, making it easier to take risks. Group members can report back to their group of people who care about them who will listen to your experience, and this will help you to feel braver. Knowing someone will catch you if you fall emboldens you to leap, and thus, your group becomes the net. In addition to strengthening your relationship skills, reducing isolation and finding your voice, group therapy also is especially valuable for individuals dealing with depression, social anxiety, and life transitions to name a few.