Group therapy is regularly recommended to people who have started on their journey to overcoming their problems and could benefit from other perspectives. It’s usually a regular meeting of between five and 15 patients that is led by one or two therapists. However, couples counselling can also sometimes fall under this umbrella.
There are many kinds of group therapy or counselling types. The most obvious examples are Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. You also get groups that deal with anger management issues, concerns around self-esteem and loneliness, as well as support groups for those who have suffered a loss or are dealing with having a disease such as cancer. You also get support groups for those who have loved ones going through one of these problems.
So, why would a therapist suggest that you meet up with a group of strangers to talk about your problems? At the right time in your life and healing process, group therapy can have many great benefits, including:
A Sense Of Not Being Alone
Seeing that other people from all walks of life are going through something similar to you can make it all feel a little less overwhelming. You can also see how people have coped with the problem and get help and advice from people who are further along in the process than you. In turn, you can assist others when they first join and you are further through the process than them.
It’s really great for people to have the support of others who understand what they are going through. You get a sounding board for thoughts and people to hold you accountable for your progress.
The Development Of Communication Skills
Sometimes, when you are stuck in a dark space, it can be very difficult to reach out for help or to talk to people. The very nature of group sessions means that you have to learn how to communicate about what you’re feeling and the issues you are facing. It’s about gaining the confidence to express yourself and realize that you are not alone.
The fact that you are in a group of strangers can often make this process a lot easier. They don’t know your history or anything other than the fact that you are suffering with the same problem that they are. You have an instant connection but you still don’t have to socialize with these people and worry about how they might judge your behavior.
Mediation From A Third Party
In terms of couples therapy, the bonus of being together in a session is that you get an unbiased third party to hear you issues. The professional can help you to see each other’s side of the argument and to show you how your behavior could improve. Your therapist will be trained to help you both to let your feelings out and to learn better communication skills with each other. They won’t be on one side or the other, because they want you to succeed.