Participation in group therapy can help people wrestling with a wide variety of issues. Group work is widely accepted as an effective, evidence-based mode of therapy; research indicates that, for many, it is even more effective than individual therapy. Group work involves bringing together a group of individuals who share a common issue or concern and facilitating a structured therapeutic process. This therapeutic process typically includes elements such as goal setting, problem-solving, and support and encouragement from the group members. The effectiveness of group work as a therapeutic intervention has been supported by a growing body of research. For example, studies have found that group therapy can be particularly beneficial for individuals struggling with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. Group work has also been shown to be effective in addressing issues related to substance abuse, addiction, and eating disorders. One of the key reasons why group work is considered an evidence-based therapy is that it is based on several psychological theories and approaches that have been extensively researched and validated. These theories and approaches include cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, interpersonal therapy, and group dynamics.
In addition to its effectiveness, group work at CCM is delivered by trained and qualified therapists who have experience and expertise in facilitating group sessions. These therapists are skilled at creating a safe and supportive environment in which group members can openly discuss their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
Our clients find that combining group with individual therapy yields profound benefits as the client and therapist can process issues that arise in group, in individual sessions. The combination can also provide a more comprehensive and well-rounded treatment approach. In a group, individuals can learn from and support each other, gain new perspectives, and develop social skills and a sense of belonging. In individual sessions, individuals can work on specific issues and receive personalized attention and support from the therapist. Combining the two approaches allows individuals to benefit from the strengths of both formats and address their unique needs and challenges.
Research has noted several benefits to group therapy, including support and validation. Group members can provide support and validation to each other, which can help individuals feel less alone and more understood in their experiences. Additionally, attending group therapy leads to increased accountability. Group members can hold each other accountable for making progress and achieving their goals. It also opens up additional opportunities for growth by providing chances for individuals to learn from other’s experiences and to practice new coping skills and strategies. Another benefit of group therapy is increased social connection. Being in a group can provide a sense of belonging and connection to others, which can be beneficial for individuals who may be struggling with feelings of isolation or loneliness.
CCM provides an array of opportunities for clients to participate in group work. Costs are substantially lower than fees for individual sessions and generally are covered by health insurance. Currently, we provide all of our groups remotely via a platform suitable for telehealth, such as Zoom. Group therapy can be an effective form of treatment for a variety of mental health conditions and can provide numerous benefits to individuals seeking support and guidance. It offers a unique opportunity for individuals to receive support, guidance, and feedback from others who are experiencing similar challenges. Click here to learn more about the benefits of group therapy and our current group therapy offerings.