What is Group Therapy?
On the first day of our Women’s Psychotherapy Group at The Village Institute, I had asked the group, “Who here had no idea of what they were walking in to today?” Unanimously, each woman raised their hand nervously and laughed. Already, there was a sense of connectivity in the room. It turns out, most people, even those who take the step and join group, do not really know what group therapy is, or what it can offer!
“Thank you for bringing me into this positive experience- it was one I didn’t even know I was missing.” – Group member
According to the APA (American Psychological Association), group members often are surprised at how rewarding a group experience can be.
In this article I’ll be giving you the inside scoop on what Group Therapy is and will also answer some fundamental group questions, so that you can determine if this is a form of therapy that would work for you.
Five Benefits of Group Therapy
Sometimes we need reminders that we’re not completely alone in our feelings and experiences. Members are able to support and validate your experiences by perhaps even sharing their own.
2. Interpersonal learning
How are you relating to others? In group, members have the opportunity to engage with other members, and often how they are relating to others is indicative of how they are relating to people out there in the world. More often than not, having a group experience may even provide information on how you are relating to yourself.
The feedback in group is different from the feedback you’ll get in individual therapy. Often in group you’ll find that members are genuinely there to listen, share, explore barriers with each other, process their thoughts or fears, and support one another. How often do you have the opportunity to be that vulnerable and open with a group of unbiased people?
Typically individual therapy can differ in terms of sliding scales, insurance practices, and set fees. Navigating the mental health system certainly isn’t easy. Make your search a little bit easier by considering group therapy as a lower fee option. Groups generally meet weekly, as one would for individual sessions. Consistency is key for any change to happen!
5. New experiences
After her first group session, I received a message from a group member stating “Thank you for bringing me into this positive experience- it was one I didn’t even know I was missing.” According to the APA, group members often are surprised at how rewarding a group experience can be. Wondering what your experience can be like? Reach out to us and ask us about The Village Institutes upcoming therapy groups this year!
And just so you’re feeling super prepared in your consideration of group therapy I’ve listed some frequently asked questions and answers: