Top 6 Benefits of Group Therapy
Group therapy is a way for those who are in rehab or who are trying to detox from alcohol abuse or drug abuse to come together with others in similar situations. While the idea of opening up in front of an entire group of people might seem intimidating, it can also be highly therapeutic. Not only does this type of therapy get people to open up and improve their social skills, but it also tends to cost less than individualized therapy without compromising on its quality.
While different counselors will charge various rates for group therapy sessions, the price per session tends to be more affordable than the cost for individual sessions. Some types of insurance will cover group therapy sessions, but it is recommended that patients check with their insurance providers beforehand to make sure. There is a Member Services number typically located on the back of each health insurance card for members to call and inquire about their coverage.
A Support System
Individuals who are lacking a strong support system in their personal lives might find that they do well with the built-in support system that a group setting provides. This might be especially true for those undergoing detox while in rehab.
Even the most supportive family and friends might have difficulties understanding what it means to recover from alcohol or drug abuse. Other members of the therapy group, on the other hand, get it because they are going through many similar trials and tribulations. Gaining insight from other individuals can lead a person to more thoroughly and realistically examine their own challenges and celebrate their triumphs.
Groups Provide Motivation
Studies have shown that group sessions can provide some significant and positive outcomes. For example, in one study conducted by Jens C. Thimm and Liss Antonsen, a moderate number of individuals treated for depression and anxiety with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in a group were found to have improved symptoms or experienced full recoveries after completing all of their sessions.
One of the biggest reasons for these successful outcomes is that people participating in groups can provide each other with motivation. It can be incredibly empowering and encouraging to hear other people talk about how they have overcome the obstacles in their lives. Also, the individuals within a group can act as each other’s cheerleaders, providing moral support while pushing one another to reach their goals.
Enhancing Social Skills
Many who seek therapy struggle with feeling isolated in their personal lives. Their friends and family members might be avoiding them. They might have endured traumatic losses or feel insecure about forming new relationships because of the feelings of embarrassment and shame related to admitting psychological issues.
Others who are in group sessions together tend to “get it”. In fact, for those who are socially awkward, it might be easier to step out from that isolating shell when in the presence of others who struggle with social skills. Group sessions give everyone time to open up about their feelings and share input with others.
In doing this, the individual learns that they are able to get along well with others and, most importantly, that they are not alone.
Groups Contribute to New Ideas and Approaches
When someone is facing mental health issues on their own, it can be difficult to gain a broad perspective on what is going on in their life. Even a well-trained counselor can only provide so much insight. Figuring out how to move forward and persist through life’s obstacles can be a lot easier when there are multiple people with similar experiences sharing their perspectives.
By sharing deeply personal thoughts and feelings that have been bottled up inside, individuals can start to gain some clarity on these issues and figure out new ways to positively address them.
Groups Aid in Self-Discovery
As counselor Jamie Moran writes, the objective of group sessions is to provide each other with acceptance. Even though each group member comes from a different personal background, they tend to be there for some fairly similar reasons.
Most groups are set up for individuals with specific issues they are facing, such as substance abuse or schizophrenia. Being among a group of peers is often a crucial step in an individual’s path to self-discovery and self-acceptance.
Group therapy involves sharing parts of oneself that have been kept hidden for a long time. Finally letting these things go out into the open can be a healing experience. Individuals come together to develop new and improved coping skills, provide one another with insight and wisdom, and offer each other support that they might not otherwise receive in their personal lives. Making the commitment to participate, share, and show support is, after all, an important step in the healing journey.
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