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Group Therapy: Process Groups

Group Therapy is an empirically proven method of therapy. The group becomes a microcosm (or miniature version) of each members outside life as they relate to others. Group members have a safe environment in which they can learn those skills, practice those skills, and receive feedback. Individual group members gain new insight and understanding into one’s own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors by looking at relationship patterns both inside and outside the group.

Group therapy provides benefits that individual therapy may not. Psychotherapists say, in fact, that group members are almost always surprised by how rewarding the group experience can be.

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.