21 Jun Benefits of Group Therapy
Posted at 9:08 am in Group Therapy by jlbworks
Unlike individual therapy which is centered around you speaking with your specific therapist, group therapy involves one or more psychologists who lead a group of five to fifteen patients. Typically, the group meets for an hour or two each week at the same time. Some people also choose to do individual therapy in addition to their group therapy sessions.
While being in a group setting can seem intimidating, it can greatly help you identify concerns and make positive changes in your life. As you develop new social and communication skills, you’ll be able to learn more about yourself and how to properly navigate what you’re going through.
If you’re considering doing group therapy, here are some benefits you should know about:
- Creates A Trusted Support Network
- Variety of Perspectives
- Gives You A Voice
Interested in learning more about group therapy? Contact Dr. Phil Chanin today to learn about our group therapy services.
Creates A Trusted Support Network
As stated by Mayo Clinic, studies have shown that social isolation and loneliness are linked with poor mental health and poor physical health. This includes things like increased cardiovascular problems and a higher mortality rate than those who have close support systems.
When placed in a group for group therapy, you’ll be placed with people that are going through similar struggles. As group therapy is an ongoing process, you’ll be able to develop a closeness with them as you all share your stories and hold each other accountable as you discuss what you’d like to change. For example, if you struggle with something like receiving and giving support, this facilitates a positive environment to do so. During this process, you’ll be able to track your progress and be given room to reflect on your growth.
Variety of Perspectives
It’s natural to feel alone in the things you’re struggling with and have trouble navigating solutions. But with group therapy, those in your group can provide a variety of different perspectives that can give you insight into things you’re looking to change. You may make realizations that you haven’t previously considered and find solutions.
The therapists leading the group can also facilitate deeper conversations as they ask questions based on the information shared. If there is a lull in the conversation, they’ll keep the conversation going by asking follow up questions and offer their own perspective.
Gives You a Voice
As reported by Mental Help, one in five Americans live with a mental illness and 60% of adults with mental illnesses don’t receive any mental health services. As there is a stigma around discussing mental health, it may be difficult for you to open up to your friends and family about your struggles.
But with group therapy, it can give you a voice as you become more comfortable talking about your emotions and the things you’re going through. As you become more comfortable speaking in this group setting, it can also benefit other areas of your life like with friends and family or at work as you learn to communicate more effectively.
Considering Group Therapy For You or A Loved One?
If you’re considering group therapy for yourself or think a loved one may benefit from it, Contact Dr. Phil Chanin, Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Nashville today to learn more about our group therapy sessions and their benefits.