Joining a group of strangers may sound overwhelming, but group therapy provides benefits that individual therapy may not. Having others witness your story, and support you through your struggle, can be a uniquely healing experience. Groups can also act as a sounding board, offering insight into challenges from individuals who can relate.
Group therapy creates an environment of trust, compassion and hope where clients are free to share their stories, learn from one another and work together to build a solid foundation. Many people experience difficulties, but few speak openly about them. Oftentimes, you may feel like you are the only one struggling - but you're not. It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they're going through, and realize you're not alone.
Diversity is another important benefit of group therapy. People have different personalities and backgrounds, and therefore look at situations in different ways. You see and hear will how others have dealt with their issues and relationships. You can make significant change when you witness what has not worked and what has worked out well. You also can see, firsthand, that you are not so different. This can be a comfort and provide relief. Many find that groups instantly become a haven of positive support. If you feel socially isolated, anxious or have trust or self-esteem issues you discover that group therapy effectively targets developing good interpersonal interactions.
Your therapist provides a safe environment and moderates the group's discussions by encouraging member to be real and express their thoughts and feeling while respecting one another's reactions. This can help people learn to speak out and be heard, as well as others, to listen and build empathy skills. In group you can discover a whole range of strategies for facing your own concerns.
Group therapy involves one or more therapists who lead a group of roughly 5 to 12 members. Typically, groups meet for an hour or two on a weekly basis. Some groups meet ongoing and some are for a designated amount of time only.
Many groups are created to focus on a specific problem, such as depression, gender identity, social anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, or grief & loss. Other groups focus more generally on improving social skills, helping people deal with a range of issues such as anger, chronic illness, loneliness, and low self-esteem.
Dr. Jordan has years of extensive experience running and participating in men's and women's groups addressing all kinds of issues. Clients that participate in group therapy begin to identify with commonalities among others in the group.
Group therapy is like life. The more you put into it, the more you get out of it. You have to attend consistently and participate in the sessions. Some clients participate in both group and individual therapy. This decision is made by you and your therapist and based on your needs. Group sessions costs $85 and most insurers will reimburse you. Call 301-941-HEAL or email firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll in a group soon, so you can feel better.