Group therapies can provide insights and realizations regarding your psychological condition that you might not have seen before; for this reason, medical professionals greatly advise group therapy sessions.
While it is already a huge advantage to have someone listen to your struggles, having more than one person who is more than willing to understand is such a bonus point. Here are the different advantages of a group therapy session.
- Cheaper than one-on-one counseling.
One of the reasons why other people turn down counseling is because of how expensive it is. On the other hand, other people who don’t think consider group therapies to be as helpful as advice is much mistaken. Your twice-a-month session with your therapist can be equivalent to an inexpensive weekly meeting with your group mates.
- Group therapy creates an inclusive feeling.
Instead of just having one person listen to you without judgment or fear, you have a couple of people with similar situations who can relate to you and might have the same inner struggles as you. That is one of the most significant reasons why group therapy works. Usually, patients who get introduced to treatment have thoughts of being solitary in their misery, thinking that they are the only ones who are having such repugnant or formidable impulses, fantasies, and ideas. While that may be true for its uniqueness, thinking that you are not the only one who suffers is quite comforting. Psychotherapist Ali Miller, MFT explains, “[T]here is encouragement to both talk about your life outside the group and also to talk about the dynamics within the group.”
3.Group therapy inspires courage.
People who are experiencing mental breakdowns and disorders usually have trouble sharing what they feel especially with a group. It’s already impossibly tricky to open up to a therapist, what more to a bunch of strangers. But sometimes, not being able to personally know you are favorable because there is the absence of familiarity which gives you a sense of security. The feeling of reducing alienation and isolation while the thought of togetherness is normalized is a considerable advantage.
- Group therapy explores other areas for sharing.
Often, people who have psychological problems don’t dare admit that they have one because there are instances that they are utterly incapable of noticing it within themselves. There are group members that join group therapies just because a friend or family member asked them to do so, seeing that there’s something not reasonable in the way they behave.
Group therapies somehow make you aware of what’s’ really bothering you or causing that inner dissonance. Furthermore, group therapy sessions teach their members how to dig deeper into the cause of the problem is actualized and resolved. “By building a list of people that you trust, with whom you can talk to in times of need, you allow yourself a strong sense of not being alone.” Licensed clinical psychologist John Mayer, Ph.D. also said.
- Group therapy promotes empathy.
To receive support is to give support. It is a common misconception that members of the group will individually receive therapeutic counseling from one person who is most likely the therapist. However, that’s not the case. In group therapies, everyone is encouraged to provide their thoughts, connection, and feedback on a particular problem. At the same time, members will share how they were able also to experience rough times and how they were able to navigate through it. As once stated by Jennifer L. Taitz, PsyD, “I’m pretty blown away by the idea of Loving-Kindness Meditation. Meaning, instead of drowning in sadness, purposefully spending a few minutes wishing people well (from you to a mentor to a stranger to a person you know struggling) can actually lead to productive actions and increase your joy.”
Group therapy sessions are excellent sources of newfound perspectives about what’s going on inside your head; eventually helping you on grasping on proposed solutions. Even better, whatever you divulge in group therapy, no matter how dark it is, stays within the circle. Confidentiality binds everyone.