In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, the popular boy band of the 90’s revealed that their secret to staying together for the past two decades has been group therapy, describing it as “a safe place for us to communicate” –McLean
Considering the crazy nature of the entertainment world, group therapy must work if it has been able to keep the boy band going for the past 20 years.
Some individuals carry a belief that group therapy (or therapy in general) is for people with psychological disorders or “serious” issues, but truthfully, everyone can benefit from group therapy. The important factor is participating in the right group at the right time. For instance an acute crisis is not often the best time to a self-improvement group because your needs will be greater then what can be offered in group therapy.
Group therapy sessions are generally led by one or two counselors and typically meet once or twice a week. Although it may sound intimating to share your feelings and experiences with other strangers in a group setting, group therapy can create a surprisingly helpful support network. In group therapy, while sharing their experiences, thoughts, and feelings, members can exchange ideas and insights that might help you in your situation. Another possible benefit of group therapy is that by listening to other group members’ issues, it may help you put your situation or problems into perspective. Group therapy can provide an opportunity to hear how others overcame their challenges and hearing these success stories may motivate or open up new strategies and perspectives for you to propel you forward on your goals. In addition, sharing your own story in a safe, supportive environment can be very meaningful and healing for you and others.
Therapy groups vary in length, frequency of meeting, and overall duration of the course of the gatherings. They may be open groups, meaning people add to or leave the group on a flexible schedule based on their needs, or they may be closed groups that begin and end with the same participants from start to finish. Depending on the type of group therapy, different therapeutic techniques may be used such as psychodrama, art therapy, play therapy, or dialectical behavior therapy, just to name a few.
–Sabrina Landa is a clinical counseling intern at Empowerment Treatment & Counseling. She is currently completing her studies at Grand Canyon University for her Master’s in Professional Counseling.
If you’re curious how group therapy might help you achieve your health and wellness goals, feel free to reach out to our competent and caring team of therapists in our Glendale, Arizona office. We have lots of cumulative experience in facilitating group therapy and have several groups that may be a fit for you depending on your needs. (623) 810-1663