Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy designed to target a specific problem or need (developmental growth) among others who have similar needs and experiences in a safe and supportive environment lead by a licensed psychotherapist. Some typical topics addressed in group therapy may include, but not limited to:
Depression, obesity, panic disorder, social anxiety, chronic pain or substance abuse, grief or loss, significant life changes (blended families, divorce, job loss, etc.), development of social skills and self worth, addressing issues such as anger, shyness, loneliness and low self-esteem.
Oftentimes, people may feel like they are the only one struggling — but they're not! Don’t let stigmas or misconceptions hold you back from participating in a group that can be transformative, empowering and even life saving. Yes, joining a group of strangers may be intimidating, but group therapy can provide some benefits that individual therapy may not. It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they're going through, and realize you're not alone.
According to the American Psychological Association, groups can act as a support network and a sounding board, as talking and listening to others often helps people put their own problems into perspective. In fact, the diverse members of a group often help people discover a whole range of strategies and specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge, and hold them accountable along the way.
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Questions to consider, as referenced from the American Psychological Association:
Is the group open or closed?
Open groups are those in which new members can join at any time. Closed groups are those in which all members begin the group at the same time. They may all take part in a 12-week session together, for instance. There are pros and cons of each type. When joining an open group, there may be an adjustment period while getting to know the other group attendees. However, if you want to join a closed group, you may have to wait for several months until a suitable group is available.
How many people are in the group?
Small groups may offer more time to focus on each individual, but larger groups offer greater diversity and more perspectives. Talk to your psychologist about which choice is better for you.
How alike are the group members?
Groups usually work best when members experience similar difficulties and function at similar levels.
Is group therapy enough?
Many people find it's helpful to participate in both group therapy and individual psychotherapy. Participating in both types of psychotherapy can boost your chances of making valuable, lasting changes. If you've been involved in individual psychotherapy and your progress has stalled, joining a group may jump-start your personal growth.
How much should I share?
Confidentiality is an important part of the ground rules for group therapy. However, there's no absolute guarantee of privacy when sharing with others, so use common sense when divulging personal information. That said, remember that you're not the only one sharing your personal story. Groups work best where there is open and honest communication between members.
Group members will start out as strangers, but in a short amount of time, you'll most likely view them as a valuable and trusted source of support.
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