Whether you are facing a new challenge, have struggled with substance abuse, or want a way to work out some mental health issues you have dealt with for several years, there are several reasons to seek the assistance of a qualified therapist. Therapy is available in many forms, including group therapy. Group therapy involves sitting with a group of your peers to discuss your struggles in a safe and confidential environment. Here are a few of the many benefits of group therapy.
Group Therapy Assures You That You Are Not Alone
Many people struggling with substance abuse or mental health issues can feel alone and isolated. Attending group therapy can help assure you that you are not alone. You can find a community of people who understand your struggles and can provide you with support. This support system can be there for you when you are attending your group therapy sessions and when you are in the real world, as well.
Additionally, interacting with the members of your group can also strengthen your social skills and help you become more confident when you speak about your own struggles with friends and family members.
Group Therapy Provides You with Differing Perspectives
As you become more comfortable in the group therapy session, you will begin to accept the advice and perspectives of others in the group. For example, if you are struggling at work or had an argument with your child or a spouse, the members of your group can provide you with a way to work out your issues and the advice you might need to see a new perspective. This can help you with both your mental health, substance abuse struggles, or your everyday problems.
Group Therapy Can Help You Learn About Yourself Through Listening
For many, group therapy is just as much about talking as it is listening. Listening to the struggles of others can help you identify the reasons why you have struggles in your own life. The listening skills that you acquire in group therapy can also help you listen and relate with the people outside the group.
Group Therapy Is Often Less Expensive Than One-On-One Therapy
Finally, one of the hidden benefits of group therapy is that in many cases, you will spend less than on traditional single therapy. This will allow you to schedule more sessions than you would have otherwise if you chose one-on-one therapy.
From the ability to strengthen your listening skills to the opportunity to learn from the differing perspectives of your peers, there are several potential benefits to choosing group therapy.