Unfamiliar with group therapy?
Unlike private one-on-one psychotherapy, group therapy provides its members with a sense of community and gives you a chance to grow in the give-and-take of support with others as those present listen, strive to understand one another’s experiences, and relate to what is shared. Group modality can be a safe way to break cycles of isolation and social difficulties. The support alone can help you feel better.
Some additional advantages of group psychotherapy are:
- A more affordable method for treatment.
- A unique opportunity in fellowship to experience how you are not alone and “see” how others are struggling in similar ways.
- A place to practice interpersonal, social, and communication skills.
- Extra coaching support for motivation.
Some disadvantages of group psychotherapy are:
- You may avoid doing the difficult and important work of psychotherapy.
- Less flexibility with scheduling and arrangements.
- In comparing group and individual modalities, group psychotherapy provides a broader base of allies, while the connection to the therapist is likely to be weaker.
- Confidentiality breaches are more likely. Even though group members agree to maintain confidentiality, they are not trained, or legally and ethically bound to commit to confidentiality, whereas your psychotherapist is bound in this way.
Support groups are a type of group therapy. A support group provides an instant shared focus as members select to join to address specific issues. Some support groups I make available to you are:
- COVID Caring Circles
- Coping with Chronic Conditions Support Group
- Grief Support Group
- Personal Growth and Spiritual Development Support Group
Unlike a support group, psychodynamic group psychotherapy provides no immediate common focus, but you can discover deeper commonalities, and healing can be very profound and growth can be very dynamic. Psychodynamic group psychotherapy can be beneficial for a variety of problems including:
- Anxiety disorders
- Depression disorders
- Relationship or Marital Issues
- Eating disorders
- Social and communication skills issues
Please reach out to me today to explore if group therapy is an option for you.