What Is Group Counseling?
Sometimes, it can be nerve-wracking to talk to a stranger about what’s going on in your life. It’s a vulnerable place one must put oneself in when deciding to see a therapist, and this can be a hard place to be. If one-on-one therapy isn’t the right fit for you, you may thrive in a group therapy environment. When you sit down with a group of people who share your struggles, this place of vulnerability becomes a shared space, where you can find support and resources you never knew were available to you. Consider group therapy to overcome your personal struggle, whether that is a lack of coping skills, depression, OCD, or even a relationship problem. You may be surprised by the benefits of group therapy.
Group counseling is 6 to 8 people meeting once a week for an hour to explore different issues. I lead the group and facilitate the discussions among the members. I will provide a safe and supportive atmosphere to help you explore your issues and share them with the other members. The members share the same struggles and through the group experience members are able to gain insight into their problems.
Unlike one-on-one therapy, which focuses on the individual, group therapy allows each person the opportunity to share their experiences while also having ample opportunities to listen and learn from the others in the group. It can be extremely helpful hearing about strategies that others use to cope, what methods have worked for them, which ones haven’t, and why that is. Through the group experience you might develop an entire network of support you can lean on in your toughest moments.
Group Therapy for Anxiety
There are many benefits to group sessions for anxiety help. For one thing, group therapy allows the sufferer of anxiety the chance to see others experiencing the same struggles, which can help eliminate the common feeling of being somehow abnormal or “broken.” Group therapy for anxiety can also be a useful learning opportunity. By listening to the strategies used by other sufferers as well as advice from a professional counselor, the sufferer may discover a new resource or method for anxiety management.
No two people experience anxiety in the exact same way. Some suffer with sustained anxiety that never seems to go away, others struggle through debilitating panic attacks, some experience anxiety related to a past traumatic event, but most ultimately experience some unique mosaic of possible anxiety symptoms. It is not the easiest condition to define let alone identify, so it can be difficult for those struggling with anxiety to believe that anyone else could possibly feel the same way. If you struggle with anxiety, we’re here to tell you that not only are you in good company, but you can learn how to significantly reduce your anxiety by allowing others to carry some of the burden.
A significant contributor to anxiety is loneliness, a lack of human interaction or a lack of close relationships. Human beings are social creatures by nature, so we feel uncomfortable when our lives lack meaningful relationships and when we must contend with our emotions alone. Feelings, such as fear, guilt, or grief, can be overwhelming without someone to share them with, and even pleasant or victorious moments can lose their appeal if regularly experienced alone.
Group counseling can give you the tools to cope with anxiety
Many people can experience anxiety disorders and be impacted by debilitating symptoms. There are different types of anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder. I have treated these disorders for over 10 years. I work with all age groups and people from different backgrounds. Whether the issue is a phobia, social anxiety, or a panic attack I can help to free you from these symptoms.
Why is my approach effective? I use an approach called cognitive behavioral therapy. This is a short-term goal oriented approach that aims to change your pattern of thinking and associated behaviors connected to those thoughts. Working together with the other group members you will examine the way your thoughts and attitudes that you have about different issues impact your behaviors. Once you understand the connection it becomes easier for you to cope with the anxiety symptoms.
Working with the group you will examine the impact of negative thoughts on your ability to cope with stress. For example if before going to a party you say, “nobody will like me or want to talk to me at the party” when you get to the party you will probably avoid talking to people. Therefore your thoughts impact your behaviors. Negative thoughts usually originate in childhood as a result of the way that our family treated us.
Each group session lasts for an hour and the group meets once a week. In each session we will examine the impact of thoughts on behaviors. I will also give you homework assignments so you can continue to work on the exercises we used during the session. Remember that you can overcome your anxiety and find new ways to cope with your stress.
Benefits of group therapy for anxiety
- Learn more about oneself by relating personally to other group members.
- Keep oneself on track by allowing group members to hold one accountable.
- Develop own “voice” within a comfortable and supportive environment.
- Have the opportunity to grow within a respectful and safe environment.
- Have the opportunity to hear other perspectives regarding own situation.
- Share own opinion and offer own support to others suffering from anxiety.
- Learn social, coping, and other anxiety management skills.
- Reduce or eliminate the feeling of isolation and/or loneliness.
My aim is to help you take control over the powerful tool that is your mind. If you’d like to give my anxiety treatment through group therapy a shot, please don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation. If you have any questions about the way we can help you, you can get in touch with me by calling me at 646-7174860.
Discover the Benefits of Group Therapy Here at Wellness Mental Health Counseling
If you’re ready to discover the benefits of group therapy for yourself whether you’re seeking depression treatment or new coping skills, we encourage you to get in touch with us. We can be reached by phone or online. We can’t wait to meet you!