Benefits of Group Therapy
Who Can Benefit From Group Psychotherapy?
Group psychotherapy is a unique and highly effective form of psychotherapy. It has been shown to be especially useful for individuals experiencing social isolation, emotional conflict and/or difficulties in their relationships with others; be they roommates, friends, partners, parents, children, coworkers, people in positions of authority or subordinates. The experiential learning at the core of the psychotherapy group addresses related symptoms such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, shyness, excessive anger, and a lack of clarity with one’s own identity. Finally, group therapy has been shown to benefit individuals who are simply seeking to gain a greater understanding of themselves in relationship to their social environment.
We begin to learn about our place in the world through involvement in our original group – the family group. Beginning in early childhood and continuing through adolescence, we learn to deal with a series of interpersonal challenges involving many different types of groups. These experiences are not always satisfactory and we frequently find that we require additional tools. Discovering that our navigational strategies, both verbal and non-verbal, are not as effective as we would like, we can choose to consider alternative forms of relating to others. Group psychotherapy provides a safe and secure place to face our behaviors and our style of communication, and to witness how our communications affects others.
How Is Group Effective?
An individual’s typical interpersonal behaviors, attitudes and interactional patterns come to life within the context of the controlled learning environment of a psychotherapy group. Constructive input and feedback from other group members and the leader(s), provides members with the rare opportunity to see and understand themselves through the eyes of others. Members come to recognize the difference between effective and less effective forms of communication and relationship building. Members find safety in being part of a cohesive unit. They provide and receive helpful feedback and learn new ways of addressing their interpersonal needs. Through this learning process members can enhance self-expression, increase self-esteem, and learn how best to be helpful to others.
"In group, I discovered
much more rewarding and fulfilling ways to relate to others."