Group therapy involves going to therapy with a handful of other people. You start off as strangers but quickly develop a deeper relationship. You help others with their issues and receive feedback on your own issues. Group therapy is a collaborative approach to treatment. In group therapy, you are free to discuss your problems in a supportive environment. Share when you feel comfortable and only disclose what you choose to.
Here are just a few benefits of attending Group Therapy:
1. Cheaper than Individual Therapy
The idea of “getting what you pay for ” does not apply to group therapy. Although it is cheaper than individual therapy the benefits can be just as great, and in some instances, much greater, than can be accomplished in individual therapy. Group Therapy is unique because it allows you to take in the perspective of several people, including a trained therapist.
2. Improve Social Skills
Of course you may be nervous at first. It is normal to be anxious when meeting new people, especially when being asked to share personal details about your life. It is this anxiety that makes us vulnerable in group therapy. Thankfully, this same vulnerability provides the opportunity for growth. As you grow within the group you may notice your ability to interact socially will also improve. Appropriate social interaction is modeled by others in the group. Group Therapy also allows for you to practice social skills in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
3. Decrease Feelings of Isolation
In group therapy you will begin to see that you are not alone. Many of the issues you face are experienced by others too! You can learn from others coping skills and past mistakes. Being in Group Therapy may even give you a different perspective on the severity of your own issues.
4. Help Others while Helping Yourself
One benefit of Group Therapy that is often over-looked is the opportunity to make a positive change in the lives of others. Helping other people can improve your own mood and confidence. Don’t worry about saying the right thing, just your presence each week in group can be helpful to other people.
5. Develop a Support System
Maybe your ability to meet new people, find a support system, or even interact with others is limited. Group Therapy makes it easy to find the support you have been searching for in others. Just sign up, show up, and share.
Dr. Powers is currently accepting new members for Anxiety and Depression groups in Tallahassee, Fl. Begin the journey to decrease your symptoms and increase positive coping skills.
Call 850-807-9801 or email info@DrPowersTherapy.com to save your spot in a group today!