For every struggle you’re experiencing, other people are struggling with the same thing. You are not alone in your battles, and group counseling is a safe place to find solace with others just like you. During each session, individuals gather together to talk about their biggest concerns. Other members listen and provide feedback, creating a mutually supportive environment for everyone involved. Just like private therapy, group counseling sessions are confidential. Members agree not to talk about other members’ concerns outside of the group.
Group counseling usually revolves around some commonality shared by each member. Even if you already receive a different form of counseling, group counseling may be a beneficial tool to add to your mental health toolbelt. It allows you to focus on a specific aspect of your life instead of generally speaking about a whole bunch of issues.
We know talking about the issues that plague you can be difficult, especially in front of other people. Still, we assure you that we foster a safe and supportive environment where everyone gets to speak. Over time, it will become easier to open up once you realize no one in the room is there to judge you. If group therapy sounds like something you want to try, don’t be afraid to talk about it with your therapist. We have a schedule of when different groups start, but it’s never too late to hop into a group.
Anyone can attend a group therapy session. However, group therapy can be especially helpful for people with limited access to mental healthcare, such as those living in rural or low income areas where healthcare clinics are understaffed or scarce.
One of the goals of group therapy is to bring people who share similar experiences together.
Group therapy usually focuses on a specific mental health concern, such as social anxiety or depression. Some other examples of conditions a group may focus on include:
- generalized anxiety disorder
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- panic disorder
- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- substance use disorder
Group therapy can also help people with:
- chronic pain
- weight loss
- anger management
- domestic violence
- cultural trauma
- chronic illness