Growing as Individuals, Together
Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves a mental health professional woking with several people at the same time to address a common concern. The group dynamic often helps people recognize they are not alone, feel supported and learn new skills. During a therapist-led group, individuals share their stories and the therapist may provide guidance or highlight tips and tools for the group to consider. Therapists leading group therapy often provide participants with coping mechanisms and tools they can implement into their daily lives. The therapist makes sure that everyone stays focused on the main issue at hand, and that everything said is as compassionate and productive as possible. As a group member, you will lend your experience to help others and you are likely to find new strategies and perspectives.
What Can I Expect at Group Therapy?
Groups tend to range from 2 to upwards of 15 people. Sessions can take place on a daily or weekly basis. In an open group, such as our recovery groups, the participants may change over time, as new participants start their growth journey and others complete it. Some of our groups are closed groups and have the same members each week. These types of group sessions are typically for a preset timeframe or number sessions.
Keeping a circle of privacy and ensuring the anonymity of all involved is crucial to the therapeutic process. This provides a safe space for everyone so that they can share freely. The therapist leading the group tries to focus participants to maintain a mood of positivity and empowerment for themselves and others.
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Benefits of Group Therapy
Did you know that research has shown that group therapy can be beneficial for patients, giving them a more affordable yet still effective alternative to individual sessions? Group therapy also supplements individual therapy and medication well, in many cases.
One of the great benefits of group therapy is that it helps people realize they are not isolated in their struggles. Seeing how others cope with similar experiences can help them move towards healing more quickly and effectively.
Everyone can take their own approach to group therapy. Those who are more verbal may enjoy sharing a good deal, while some might benefit from listening at first. Personalizing your approach helps ensure that you can benefit from the process.
To find a group therapy session that is right for you, contact Mid-Atlantic. We’ll help you find the right seeds to plant, so you can grow!