15 Mar Group Therapy Feeds Our Need to Connect
Posted at 2:23 pm in Group Therapy by jlbworks
Did you know that group therapy not only helps you to connect with a community of like minded individuals, but can also help you save on therapy costs by 42%? Group therapy has been known to provide many benefits not related to individual therapy. We as people tend to live our lives in groups and can thrive on the connections we make in group therapy settings.
As our first group experiences occur in our families, many of us participate in various types of groups our whole lives. Whether they be familial, social, academic, or professional, the ability to build healthy personal and professional relationships in these groups has a substantial impact on our level of fulfillment in life.
Whether you’re looking to benefit your personal mental health, find connection with like-minded individuals or simply learn how to build healthy relationships, group therapy might be a good choice for you.
Here’s a few reasons why group therapy feeds our need to connect:
- You’re Not Alone
- Give and Receive Support
- Find Your Own Voice
- Create Lasting Connections
You’re Not Alone
One of the most appealing aspects of group therapy is the reduction of feelings related to isolation and alienation. Group therapy can be extremely beneficial for people of any ages who are experiencing feelings of loneliness in their mental health struggles. These therapy sessions, whether for recovering alcoholics, single mothers, or support groups for those recovering from eating disorders, can help show group members that none of us are alone in our thoughts and feelings.
While everyone has their own unique circumstances, situations and problems, group therapy can alleviate most feelings of imposter syndrome or loneliness. Many patients leave group therapy sessions feeling more connected to the people in their lives as they learn others can understand their struggles.
Give and Receive Support
A big misconception regarding group therapy is that one person receives therapy services while the rest of the group watches. However, this is likely not the case for most group sessions.
In group therapy sessions, depending on a case to case basis, members will likely be encouraged to turn to each other for support, feedback and connection. Instead of getting a lot of feedback from a clinician, group members can interact with one another to help connect the dots and make healthy relationships. Connecting with like-minded individuals who have experienced similar struggles to you can allow patients to receive the support they need while learning to extend that same support to others.
Find Your Own Voice
While group therapy can often feed our need to connect with others, these types of sessions can often influence the way patients connect with themselves. As patients go through group therapy, a large part of session work will be devoted to learning how to express oneself in a healthy manner. These sessions can help patients find their own voice.
Group therapy allows for patients to notice how they’re feeling throughout the session and later talk about it. Many people have difficulties understanding how they’re feeling regularly or when they interact with other people. These group sessions can help patients find their voice to discern their own emotions as well as the emotions they feel towards other like-minded people.
Create Lasting Connections
A beautiful thing that often occurs in these group therapy sessions are the long lasting connections formed between patients. As patients tend to learn how to interact with others in a healthy way, through these sessions, they have the ability to find supportive, lasting relationships built on trust and mutual respect.
Overall, group therapy offers a stable, supportive outlet for people to come and learn how to express themselves. When we as people learn to lean on others, we can create formative friendships that provide balance when we need it most. Patients who go through the same group therapy program often leave with feelings of comfort knowing they will have a supportive community to turn to and fall back on— feeding our need to connect.
Group therapy assists us not only with feelings of isolation and loneliness, but also with depression and anxiety as well. As the renowned group therapist Louis Ormont stated, “The successful group member finishes not simply with a superior capacity to relate to others, but also with more inner comfort and with a far better ability to realize his or her own potential.”
If you or a loved one is looking for group therapy services to gain a sense of community and work on your mental health, contact Dr. Phil Chanin today!