Have you recently undergone some traumatic experiences as a group? For example, there is an accident on a teamwork road trip, and some team members pass away. There are many similar incidents where people undergo mentally disturbing experiences as a group, including terrorism, home invasions, war combat, etc. Group therapy has traditionally been used for issues such as substance abuse, divorce, and grief. But mental health professionals now recommend it for any group of people who have suffered mentally disturbing experiences together. Why should you participate in group therapy?
1. Realize You Are Not Alone
In group therapy, you realize your situation is not unique. When people undergo the same experience, they feel connected and share their feelings with others who have undergone similar experiences. It is easier for people to express themselves and share their feelings in a group.
There might be a time when one or more people become emotional during the session. This is a normal occurrence during group therapy as it helps people express themselves and helps them feel better. To know others in the same situation helps you feel less isolated and more connected to others.
2. Gain Confidence to Share
Group therapy can help you gain the confidence to share your feelings with others. Group therapy sessions are designed in a way that you share your thoughts and feelings with others. You learn how to communicate with and listen to others, which can help in improving your relationship with family members and co-workers.
3. Facilitation in Giving and Receiving Support
Group therapy sessions are conducted by a mental health professional who facilitates group discussions. Every group member has an opportunity to speak up and talk about their feelings. The facilitator provides support by helping group members understand their feelings, think through issues, and identify solutions. Group therapy is great for people to give and receive support from others when they need it most.
4. Learn About Yourself
When you join group therapy sessions, you learn more about yourself and other people. You learn how to understand the feelings of other people and how they perceive you. It is easier for you to interact with people after learning about yourself and working on your negative traits.
5. Regain Social Connections
It is common for a person to become withdrawn after a traumatic experience. When you join a group therapy session, you meet new people and share your experiences with them. This helps you strengthen your relationships with other people.
Have you recently undergone a mentally disturbing experience? Then, book an appointment for group therapy and begin your healing journey.
For more information on group therapy, contact a professional near you.