Is Group Therapy For You?
We all have groups in our lives (families, colleagues, friends, etc.), and we all at times face challenges with relating to others. Some people come to group in order to relate to others more genuinely or to increase feelings of being authentic with others. Some hope to work on developing better boundaries with others. Others want to get better at being more assertive with others. Group therapy with an experienced group therapist can aid in working on these sorts of goals.
Group is different from individual therapy in a number of ways:
- It is more affordable.
- Group is more similar to everyday life. In a therapy group you are dealing with real people. When a group is healthy and emotionally-rich, you gain many different perspectives from the various members that can lead to helpful feedback, exploration, and experimentation.
- Group members can learn from watching others work on their own goals and issues.
- Your therapist can see you in a social environment instead of relying on your perceptions of yourself alone.
Just like individual therapy, however, group psychotherapy is ideal for people who would like to strengthen their abilities to cope with difficulties and challenges in their lives. Group will do so by focusing on the social interactions that happen in the group, and so relationship problems are well addressed through group work. An overall aim of group psychotherapy is to help group members in solving emotional challenges they face, all while focusing on the interpersonal interactions that are occurring, or not occurring, in the room.
How Can Group Therapy Be Helpful To Me?
- You will receive emotional support. Getting to hear from other people who are experiencing similar issues can help you see that you’re not alone in your challenges. Many people encounter a profound sense of relief from these experiences.
- You will learn about yourself. Group members hold up a powerful mirror to aid you in getting a wide range of ideas and perspectives on your issues. This makes it easier for you to find new roads and new ways of choosing to respond to your challenges.
- You will develop optimism. When other group members reach their goals, it can be highly encouraging. When you see others meet these goals, you will learn you can also achieve your own and gain insight on how to do so.
- You will become more social. Becoming part of a group fights feelings of isolation, and by participating in the group work you will gain a boost to your self-confidence.