What is Group Therapy?
Joining a group of strangers can seem to be a little intimidating when it is first proposed to you, however, group therapy has been shown to provide a multitude of benefits that individual therapy may not be able to offer. Most people who attend regular group therapy sessions, and approach them with an open mind, are almost always surprised by how rewarding the group experience can be.
Groups can act as both a support network and a sounding board for individuals to process their feelings and get different perspectives on their situations. It is quite common in a group setting that other members of the group can help you come up with new ideas and approaches for improving a difficult situation, and the group can often provide a sense of accountability throughout the process.
Regularly talking and listening to other people's experiences and points of view often helps to put your own problems into a better perspective. There are many people in the world who experience mental health difficulties on a daily basis, however, most of them rarely have the opportunity to speak openly about their concerns to people they don't know that well. In our experience, you may enter the group environment feeling like you are the only one struggling, but usually, after a few sessions, you begin to realize you are not alone on this journey. It is, more often than not, a huge relief to hear others discuss what they're going through, and come to the realization that you're not alone.
One of the other benefits of Group Therapy is the diversity of the participants. Usually, the people in the group have very different personalities and backgrounds, they look at situations in different ways, and they have attempted things that you have not even thought of. When you see how other people have taken on their problems and made positive changes, you too can discover a whole range of strategies for facing your own concerns. Typically, a group will meet for an hour or two each week. Some people attend Individual Counselling in addition to groups, while others participate in groups only.
At The Liberation Place we offer groups in partnership with other regional agencies, and we are currently developing new groups that are designed to target specific problems. If this sounds like something of interest to you or your loved ones, and you would like to access groups in support of making some changes in your behaviours, take a look at the information contained in our website and some of the external resources for Group Therapy that we offer here at The Liberation Place. If it's time to make a change and reach out for the support, Contact Us for more information and remember that recovery is a journey that starts with just one step, and only you alone can choose to take that step, but remember you are not destined to be alone when you choose to take that step with The Liberation Place!