Stress Therapies

Group Therapy: A Great Recovery Tool

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Group therapy is a useful and productive recovery tool for various people. It consists on a therapist to help direct the group and keep the space under control and all the members with the same issues. The members are encouraged to speak freely with the other members and interact to encourage growth and recovery. Having many people with the same issues in a group can aid all members come up with several techniques to incorporate into their lives. It gives different opinions and insight but in the safety of like persons. It allows the members to not feel isolated and alone and that there are people going through the same thing as them. It brings a higher awareness that there is help and healing.

This is the largest reason for group therapy’s success rate. It is the members who decide on what to talk about, this keeps the control in the hands of the members. They will decide how the session will progress and in what direction. For a large variety of people who have problems and difficulties, group therapy is the key. This gives people with the same illness or problems, a group of people to talk to who are going through the same thing. There are groups for just about everything out there- sexual abuse, single parenting, pregnancy, mental health issues, diabetes, and many, many more. A therapy group is a great way to learn better interpersonal skills and how to better communicate with others. It teaches people to be honest with their feelings and thoughts, how to listen, and how to express themselves with words. Feedback from group members and the therapist can aid people change their benefit patterns and stop sabotaging themselves.

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Group members are encouraged to give each other feedback and express their personal feeling about how something said in the group has made them feel. This type of interaction presents members an opportunity to explore new ways or acting or behaving. This also teaches them how they relate to others and if it is positive or negative. The level of trust that builds each session allows the member to feel free to speak more freely and honestly. This confidentiality is important and should never be breached. Nothing that happens should be spoken to a person outside the group. It is the psychological safety created by the group members that allow things to be discussed that would never be expressed or spoken outside the group. This is important for recovery and healing for many people.

There are several different styles in group therapy and it is just as important to find a group with a method that works for you as finding a group itself. Many techniques can be used such as verbal, psycho-dramatic, expressive, and art therapies. Groups can also vary on the approaches they use from psychoanalytical, behavioral, or classic psychotherapy. Most classic groups stress psycho-education and are more class like in structure. The main focus areas of these groups in stress management, relationships, anger, etc. Therapy groups that are support based usually run permanently and several times a week. Each person considering this type of therapy should find what works for them and makes them feel the most comfortable.