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Group Counseling  "Many" may be considering Group Counseling, but could be wondering if it’s the right choice for them. Please review the below detail that can further explain the benefit of joining group therapy. 

What is Group Counseling?

Group counseling, as the name implies, is a kind of therapy that takes place with a group of people together rather than an individual during a one-on-one session. Usually the group participants are seeking healing or growth from common life challenges to define the group dynamic.

Typically, group therapy involves a small group of people (7-12 is considered the norm) and a therapist. Usually during the first therapy session, group members may start by introducing themselves and sharing why they are there. After, the therapist may encourage members to discuss their experiences and progress. The structure of a therapy session varies depending of the dynamics of the group and the nature of the concern(s) being explored.

As with ALL therapy sessions, group counseling is confidential. Some sessions may involve discussion only; others may involve group therapy activities. These activities typically include skill development, problem solving or trust building activities.

Group therapy is not pressure driven. Choosing to take part in activities or conversation is solely up to you. For some it may takes a few weeks of sitting in and listening before they feel ready to talk about their own experience, and that’s perfectly okay. 

Goals of Group Counseling

Group counseling is similar to individual counseling in that the goals are usually very similar. However, the approach is based on Group Dynamics. Generally, the goals of group counseling are: 

*Help Individuals Identify Dysfuctional Behavior

Being in a group can often help people identify their own behaviors and differences better. As there is room for comparison, one may discover that he or she is not perhaps as adaptive as he or she would like. Group counseling aims to help people see themselves and their behaviors more clearly.

* Help with Emotional Difficulties through Feedback

One can be provided with extensive feedback when discussing emotional difficulties within the group. This feedback could be something such as advice, practical tips, or consequence from others in the group who have experienced a similar problem themselves. The goal is to help one learn his or her own coping methods so they can handle problems if and when they arise.

*Offers a Supportive Environment

Not only does group therapy offer an opportunity to receive feedback and advice, it also provides an opportunity to reach and support others. Everything discussed in group  is done so in confidence. Speaking to others who are going through similar issues can help one feel less isolated and therefore more supported.


What Can Group Counseling Help With?

While group counseling can be applied to a variety of approaches and a variety of concerns, there are certain areas that may particularly benefit from a group dynamic. Examples of these include:

 Depression

Those suffering with depression may find themselves feeling vulnerable and isolated. It is always beneficial getting out of the house and talking to others, and can be even more so in a group counseling session. It can help one by reaching out to others going through similar issues and discussing coping mechanisms. One may also find that imparting their own advice helps to boost his or her sense of self-esteem 

 Anxiety

For those suffering with anxiety, getting out and interacting with those who understand can be helpful. It can be invaluable knowing you are not alone in your feelings and hearing how others manage their anxiety. You are also likely to develop better social skills, which may help if you suffer from social anxiety.

 Addiction

When it comes to overcoming addiction, having a strong support network is Key. Some people may not have this kind of network available at home and they may benefit more from the support of others with an addiction. Hearing how others cope, learning interpersonal skills and uncovering how your behaviors can impact other people, can all help you on your road to overcoming addiction.

 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

When one suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder, being alone with his or her own thoughts during times of anxiety can trigger symptoms. One can understand his or her condition better by speaking to others who understand your feelings and behaviors. Together they can support each other and look to find ways of coping.

Other Possible Groups Types:

* Discovering Life Purpose

* Relationship & Marriage Navigation

* Grief

* Anger Management


*Please contact us for more information regarding Group counseling*