Group therapy facilitates giving and receiving support. Members are encouraged to turn to each other for support, feedback and connection, instead of getting all of that from the therapist.
Group therapy helps you realize you’re not alone. Group therapy reduces isolation and alienation. It increases the sense that “we’re all in this together,” and normalizes suffering.
Group therapy helps you find your “voice.” “Many people don’t know how they are feeling when they are interacting with other people, because it can be challenging to be self-connected when connecting with others. This is one of the things I focus on most in my groups.”
Group therapy helps you relate to others (and yourself) in healthier ways.Groups provide the opportunity to see just how people relate to others in the moment, and how they relate to themselves. “In the safe atmosphere of group therapy, members can get honest feedback from others who care about them to one degree or another.”
Group therapy provides a safety net.Practicing new skills in the group, and as they do, their confidence for practicing them outside the group grows.They’re also able to carry the groups’ support with them between sessions, making it easier to take risks, she said. “If you know you can report back to a group of people who care about you and will listen to your experience, you tend to feel braver. Knowing someone will catch you if you fall emboldens you to leap. The group becomes the net.”
Group therapy is cost effective, applicable and effective. (Piper;2001)
"Many of the problems that bring people to counseling are interpersonally rooted and involve difficulties in forming or maintaining intimate relationships. Clients often believe that their problems are unique and that they have few options for making significant life changes. They may be at a loss in knowing how to live well with the ones they love. Groups provide a natural laboratory that demonstrates to people that they are not alone and that there is hope for creating a different life." (Corey,Corey;2006)
“ All you can change is yourself, but sometimes that changes everything!”- Gary W Goldestein