“We don’t heal in isolation, but in community.”
~ S. Kelley Harrell
People are often uneasy about aspects of Group Therapy. Many opt for Individual Therapy, due to these concerns. However, Group can be done conjointly with Individual Therapy to maximize benefits. Prior to entering Group, a number of our clients have expressed their concerns regarding public exposure, being attacked by group members, or that the general purpose of Group is to “listen to others complain about their problems.” These are just a few of the reasons they had avoided entering a Group in the past. Upon completion of Group Therapy with our trained staff, these same clients have expressed their appreciation for the group’s supportive environment when working through their own problems. They report no longer feeling alone or that they are strange or unusual in their struggle. Group therapy is a powerful tool where expert guides will help you make the most of your therapeutic experience.
Group Therapy consists of one or two trained mental health providers and a group of 8-12 clients. Group Therapy is structured and all clients are given equal opportunity to engage in the process. A standard group protocol is one to two hours in duration every week for approximately 3-12 weeks. The length of the group is dependent on the concern being addressed. This treatment is designed to target a specific problem through skill building and healthy coping.
There are many reasons to choose Group over Individual Therapy. It can reduce the sense of isolation many feel when they are struggling, allows for multiple perspectives on issues, and a way to normalize your experience by observing the universality of the human experience. Group Therapy also gives clients the opportunity to practice the skills they learn in session.