For many people group therapy initially may seem intimidating and or overwhelming. Some people resist group therapy in fear of others finding out about their condition or issue, and therefore they will remain isolated in an attempt to work on their issue alone. Others are overly shy and feel they cannot speak in a group setting, yet this is one of the methods needed for the patient to develop and learn social skills. Group therapy is a great therapeutic intervention that reduces or abates these fears. As you read on you will discover why group therapy may be for you at some point in your life.
First let’s define Group Therapy. Group Therapy is psychotherapy that is comprised of at least 2 or more individuals that share a common problem or issue. The great feature of group therapy is that it allows every participant a chance to interact with others that also suffer from the same condition (e.g. depression, anxiety, or chronic medical conditions) and work on these issues in a safe confidential setting.
At HUGS we make it a point to provide group therapy as it is an essential component of care. It allows members to practice social skills with one another in a safe supportive learning environment and improve their socialization techniques that will transcend over ones lifespan. Group members are able to assist each other by opening up and sharing their experiences with one another. Members learn to communicate more effectively and work on maladaptive thoughts and or behaviors that interrupt and or impact one’s life. Because the group is homogeneous all members will share common issues and universal themes in their lives. When a you attend our group, you learn you are not alone; therefore, group therapy removes the thoughts and feelings of isolation.
At HUGS we provide an intimate group setting so your group will be small in nature to allow for greater intimacy and trust. Further, at HUGS you will never be pressured to speak. However, due to the nurturing, caring, and safe environment we create, you will feel comfortable opening up and sharing. Please note depending on one’s current functioning level, some patients will first be required to attend individual therapy. Once they are more emotionally and mentally ready, they will be invited to join group therapy. We have come to learn that group is the best place to practice what you learned in individual session. Group therapy is a powerful means to apply your new skills in a setting that is safe and welcoming.