by Dr. Scott Giacomucci, DSW, LCSW, BCD, CGP, FAAETS, TEP
As human beings, we are inherently social creatures, and our ability to connect with others is vital for our overall well-being. However, mental health problems can often lead to feelings of isolation and disconnection from others, making it even more difficult to seek help or feel supported. Joining a therapy group can be a powerful way to address this isolation and receive the support and connection we need to heal and grow. Therapy groups are an excellent adjunct to individual therapy and can help combat the isolation and shame that we might feel related to past experiences. In this article and video, we’ll explore some of the benefits of joining a therapy group.
Are you familiar with the difference between therapy groups and support groups? The video below will outline the benefits of group therapy while also offering clarity on the differences between support groups and therapy groups.
Research is showing that group therapy is at least as effective as individual therapy but much cheaper!
Mental health issues can be overwhelming and isolating, leaving people feeling like they are alone in their struggles. Joining a therapy group can provide a sense of connection, extra support, and the opportunity to use one’s experiences to help others. Below, we will discuss some of the benefits of joining a therapy group, including increased support, a sense of community, and the unique opportunities for growth that group therapy provides.
- Connection in groups:
Mental health problems can fuel isolation, which can further exacerbate one’s mental health. Group therapy provides a space to connect with others who are struggling with similar issues. This sense of connection can help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, as well as provide a sense of community.
- Extra support:
Group therapy provides an additional layer of support to individual therapy. In group therapy, members can share their struggles and receive feedback and support from their peers. This can be particularly helpful in moments when one is feeling overwhelmed and may need extra support.
- Peer support can feel safer:
In a therapy group, members are surrounded by peers who understand their struggles, creating a sense of safety and understanding. The group therapy experience can also provide a level of anonymity that individual therapy may not offer. Members can share their experiences without fear of judgment or repercussions. Some people may have experienced trauma or abuse from people in power in the past, thus finding it difficulty to trust a therapist or doctor today.
- Opportunity to use your experiences to help others:
In group therapy, members can use their experiences to help others. This can be incredibly empowering and therapeutic for both the individual and the group as a whole. Being able to offer support and advice to others can provide a sense of purpose and meaning.
- More dynamic than individual therapy:
Group therapy is often more dynamic than individual therapy. Members can offer different perspectives and feedback, which can help one see their struggles in a new light. The group dynamic can also help members learn new skills and coping strategies while practicing new social skills in real time.
- More input and feedback from others:
Group therapy provides a space for members to receive feedback and input from others. This can be particularly helpful when one is struggling with interpersonal relationships or communication issues. Members can practice new communication skills and receive feedback in the moment.
- Power in numbers:
There is power in numbers, and this is true for group therapy as well. Members can draw strength and support from the group, and the group can also provide a level of accountability. Knowing that one is not alone in their struggles can be incredibly empowering.
- Cheaper, but equally effective:
Group therapy is often more cost-effective than individual therapy. In addition, group therapy sessions are typically longer than individual therapy sessions, which can provide more time for members to process their experiences and receive support. The research on group therapy is demonstrating that it is at least as effective as individual therapy in the treatment of most mental health problems or social issues.
In conclusion, joining a therapy group can provide numerous benefits for those struggling with mental health issues. Group therapy provides a sense of connection, extra support, and the opportunity to use one’s experiences to help others. It can be a more dynamic and cost-effective alternative to individual therapy, providing a unique opportunity for growth and healing.
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