Have you ever considered Group Therapy? The thought of sharing your challenges with others may seem daunting at first, but Group Therapy has distinctive advantages and can be just as effective as individual counseling.
What is Group Therapy?
Group Therapy usually consists of a small number of people coming together on a scheduled basis and is led by one or two counselors. These group members have a shared focus, which could be anger management, depression, grief, anxiety, or some type of addiction. Participants in the group are expected to share their thoughts, opinions, and beliefs without the fear of ridicule or judgment.
Advantages of Group Therapy
There are several advantages to Group Therapy, including the following:
Group Therapy provides a sense of Belonging. In group counseling, you see that others have similar problems and are struggling just as you are. Feelings of isolation will lessen as you realize you are not the only one going through this type of experience.
Group Therapy provides Social Interaction. Group Therapy is a good place to not only practice but learn beneficial social skills, such as crucial listening skills. It may also help you to become more comfortable opening up about your challenges, therefore loosening their power over you. You can also gain a better understanding of different points of view, which may help gain insight into your own particular situation.
Group Therapy provides Support. With Group Therapy, support comes from more than just your counselor and can be beneficial in effecting change as well as validating feelings. Counselors who lead Group Therapy sessions encourage participants to lean on each other. Participants are also encouraged to share what they are struggling with and help each other find ways to overcome their challenges.
Working with your counselor to decide if Group Therapy is right for you and your situation is the first step. It may seem scary at first, but you may just find it’s the type of counseling needed to help you move forward. To explore Group Therapy options in the Greater Dallas area, contact us today for an appointment with one of our counselors.