What is Group Therapy?
It is a form of psychotherapy where a group of patients meet to describe and discuss their problems together under the supervision of a therapist. You can expect this group to be lead by one or more psychologists with approximately five to ten clients. Groups are usually designed to target a specific problem such as depression, social anxiety, and substance abuse.
Within this group the members may discuss helping each other deal with a scope of issues that include shyness, loneliness, and self-esteem. Group therapy is also a great way to improve social skills.
Group therapy may sound scary at first but provides a range of benefits you may not receive from individual therapy alone.
Through group session you meet other individuals with the same struggles and difficulties as you do. This will help you to form a bond with others who understand and strive to help you as much as you help them.
Teaches you how to effectively communicate with others
During a group session it is vital that you express yourself and in most often in a way that effectively gets your point across. Many people lack the skills to share their thoughts in a form that others can understand and group therapy helps to grow that skill. By speaking out about your issues you learn methods and forms of communication to share with others.
Teaches you how to listen effectively to others
Another key component of group therapy is to listen. During your sessions you will be listening to others share their emotions and will learn the most effective way interpret and share positive feedback. This also helps you to put your own problems into perspective.
In your group you may notice no two members are alike. Though you may all be dealing with similar disorders this may affect each person differently. By seeing the struggles of contrasting people you begin to look at how you manage or deal with your issues differently.
How do we use group therapy?
At Inspirations for Youth and Families we use group therapy to help our clients learn strategies for managing specific problems. By incorporating different people from all walks of life we hope to teach our clients to look at their problems differently.