Group Therapy and Support Groups
Group therapy involves a group leader or facilitator who leads a group of 5 to 15 clients. The groups generally meet weekly and are either open, which means people can join the group at any time, or closed, which means that the original group meets for a specified number of meetings without additional people attending. Many groups are intended to deal with a specific problem, such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, or addictive behavior. Some groups target socialization issues, such as shyness and social phobia, anger issues, loneliness, and self-esteem problems. Other groups are more general and are intended to help with adjustment to life’s pressures and demands and offer support and a place to receive feedback and share problems and issues. Many people join groups in addition to individual counseling.
Group counseling is in many ways the treatment of choice for many people. It offers the opportunity to meet with people who share the same problems and issues. It helps to realize that you’re not alone with the problems and issues that you are facing and that others are literally in the same boat. It can be a huge relief to realize that others have the same struggles and are willing to share their experiences. It can allow you to relate to others and offer mutual support. It feels encouraging to receive help from others as it can be edifying to be able help others as well. It is our opinion that group therapy and support groups are underutilized. We hope to push this agenda forward.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call or email.