If the idea of group therapy has left you feeling embarrassed or intimidated, we have good news for you: Group therapy can be incredibly beneficial. In fact, in the right setting, sharing with others in a structured environment can offer insights, perspectives, and rewards that participants often find surprising.
Our experienced team at All Day Medical Care Clinic offers behavioral health services, psychiatric services and consultations, and group counseling options to help with a wide range of concerns, such as:
- Grief, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and mental health disorders
- Anger management
- Marital problems
- Parenting challenges
- Intimacy and trust issues
- Eating disorders
- Low self-esteem
- Behavioral problems in children
Group counseling sessions typically consist of 5-15 people who are experiencing similar struggles. However, they always include a safe environment that fosters open communication, and they offer many benefits, including the following six.
1. Confide in others with similar experiences
It can come as a surprise how much relief a person can feel when they finally share with others, and it can be even more significant when you do it with your peers. Unlike one-on-one therapy sessions, group sessions can offer a wider range of perspectives on your situation and be an empowering way to learn how to move forward.
2. Gain new insights into yourself and difficult situations
Everyone needs help from time to time, and it can be quite powerful when you tap into others who have a personal understanding of what you’re going through. Not only can they offer fresh perspectives, but they can also share their own experiences and how they managed them, which can be truly eye-opening for everyone involved.
3. Have accountability
Participating in group therapy creates a unique sense of accountability that you can’t find in other settings. In theory, everyone present needs and wants help, so you have to trust each other. That also means you’ll have people to support you when you need it, and they’ll be there to help you uncover blind spots that may be holding you back.
4. Confirm you’re not alone
Sharing can seem scary, but it can also be incredibly healing — especially when you’re with others who are facing the same challenges. These unique settings can help you see you’re not the only one going through these things, whether it’s a traumatic event, grief, mental health issue, or substance issue. No matter what you’re facing, you’re not alone, and you can find support from others in group therapy.
5. Build relationships
Believe it or not, group therapy can create a strong support network that also functions as a sounding board. They can connect you with other people with similar struggles and help you build valued relationships.
6. Reduce feelings of isolation
It’s easy to become isolated when facing challenges, but group therapy can change that. These confidential settings can help provide a comfortable space to open up again and spend time with others. At the same time, they can provide positive feedback that helps you engage socially outside of the group as well.
As you can see, group therapy comes with numerous advantages. However, if you still have concerns about participating in a group setting, we also offer other therapy options to ensure you can find a comfortable fit for your unique needs.
If life seems difficult or you’re facing challenges, you’re not alone. To learn more about your treatment options, call 301-330-0006 or book an appointment online with All Day Medical Care Clinic today.