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Benefits of Group Therapy

Joining a group of strangers may sound intimidating at first, but group therapy provides benefits that individual therapy may not. Group members are usually surprised by how rewarding the group experience can be.

Motivation and encouragement is an important benefit of group therapy. For those who have been stuck and cannot find the strength to move towards change, group members experiences and resilience can be a motivating factor for change.

Groups can act as a support network and a sounding board. Other members of the group often help you come up with specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge, and hold you accountable along the way.

Regularly talking and listening to others also helps you put your own problems in perspective. Many people experience mental health difficulties, but few speak openly about them to people they don't know well. Oftentimes, you may feel like you are the only one struggling — but you're not. It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they're going through, and realize you're not alone.

Diversity is another important benefit of group therapy. People have different personalities and backgrounds, and they look at situations in different ways. By seeing how other people tackle problems and make positive changes, you can discover a whole range of strategies for facing your own concerns.


 

More than just support

While group members are a valuable source of support, formal group therapy sessions offer benefits beyond informal self-help and support groups. Group therapy sessions are led by myself and one other therapist with specialized training, who will teach group members proven strategies for managing specific problems. If you're involved in an anger-management group, for instance, your therapist would describe scientifically tested strategies for controlling anger. The expert guidance we offer can help you make the most of your group therapy experience.

 

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