If you've never seen a therapist, seeing one may seem scary. Some people are uncomfortable with the vulnerability that involves disclosing things about yourself that, in normal circumstances, you probably wouldn't share with anyone else, let alone a stranger. Therapy, however, is not limited to one-on-one sessions; in fact, Group therapy can be an excellent option for people to find a safe space to talk things out.
Group therapy involves one or more therapists working with a small group of people, between 5-15 people, who may all have similar issues and are looking for growth. Both group therapy and one-on-one therapy sessions have unique benefits, and which is better for an individual depends on their specific needs and preferences. According to the American Psychological Association, group therapy is as effective as individual therapy for a wide range of symptoms and conditions, and it is more efficient. In fact, "Any issues involving shame, stigma, or feelings of isolation can often be better addressed in group therapy than individual," said Amy Nitza, Ph.D., a counseling psychologist, and director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Here are a few benefits if you're on the fence about trying group therapy:
In group therapy, individuals can connect with peers experiencing similar challenges.
Understanding that you are not alone, and others are going through similar circumstances can provide a sense of community and support. Also, sharing experiences and progress can help relieve pain or stress and create a sense of empowerment.
Learning from others
Group therapy allows you to hear from others going through similar circumstances and learn from their experiences. You can see how others have coped with their problems and incorporated different strategies to tackle your own.
Spending time with others going through similar issues can help you learn more about yourself. Listening to other people's stories can help you develop a more positive and realistic perspective on your situation. Seeing yourself positively can help you feel more in control of your life and more confident in overcoming your challenges.
Ultimately, if you need additional support, would like to learn from others who share similar circumstances, and would like to feel more confident about yourself, then group therapy can be an excellent option.
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